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Martina Fisk

About Me



Department of Geography
University College London
Pearson Building, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT


Prof. Andrew Barry (UCL Geography)
Dr. Jack Stilgoe (UCL STS)

PhD Research

The Geo-Politics of Carbon Accounting

My PhD project is a comparison of the national greenhouse gas inventories of the UK and Germany, which are responsible for measuring their country’s national CO2 output and reporting it to the United Nations. Even though the emissions data these inventories produce form the basis for all international and domestic climate policy evaluations and decisions they have not yet been closely investigated by social scientists. I aim to produce a comprehensive analysis of how these inventories are produced and acquire legitimacy, with a focus on how decisions are made concerning measurement methodology and quality management. Conceptually, the project is based on an interdisciplinary approach that combines ideas from the field of science studies on the role of scientific measurements in policy-making with literature on the geopolitics of the atmosphere.

This research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


I am a postgraduate teaching assistant for the following modules:

Space & Society (1st year BSc Geography)

Geopolitical Events (3rd year BSc Geography)



Academic Background

PhD Candidate in Human Geography, University College London, since 2017

M.Sc. Science and Technology Studies, University College London, 2015-2016

M.A. Climate & Society, Columbia University, New York City, 2012-2014

B.Sc. Geographical Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, 2007-2012


Professional Experience

Research Fellow at Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin (Working Group ‘Assessments & Scientific Policy Advice’), 2010-2011

Intern at German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Berlin (Division for International Climate Policy), 2012