Dr Giovanni Bettini

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

At the intersection of Political Geography, Environmental Humanities, Critical Development Studies and Political Theory, my research focusses on three main problem fields:

(1) human migration in the face of climate and environmental change

(2) the Anthropocene and the evolution of ‘green’ thought and movements

(3) digital environmental governance.

I have been interested in how environmental change – in its planetary but uneven character and entangled with a series of contemporary ‘crises’ and historical legacies – is generating new spaces, modes of governance, subjectivities and forms of resistance.

I am also investigating the role of ‘the digital’ in reshaping adaptation, resilience and justice, risk and security, and the implications this will have for the politics, understanding of justice, and forms of resistance that will emerge on a warming planet.

I am the principal investigator of the Leverhulme-funded project 'Digital Climate Futures - A decolonial and justice perspective on digitalised climate change adaptation'


  • Climate politics
  • Human Migration/Displacement/Mobility
  • Critical Adaptation Studies
  • Algorithmic governance and digital justice
  • Loss & Damage
  • Critical Development Studies
  • Migration Studies