Introducing Humanities for the Environment

Humanities for the Environment is a global initiative of regional Observatories that aim to bring out how the humanities may contribute to pro-environmental behaviour.

We lead with Intention

Our leadership at Humanities for the Environment is comprised of Executive Officers, Advisory Board/Directors and Founding Conveners. Here is the team at the helm of the ship.

Executive Officers

Poul Holm


2017 – Present

Joni Adamson

Secretary General

2017 – Present

Steven Hartman


2017 – Present

Advisory Board/Directors

James Ogude

African Observatory Director

University of Pretoria, South Africa 2015 – Present

Hsinya Huang

Asia Pacific Observatory Director

National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
2015 – Present

Thom van Dooren

Australia Pacific Observatory Director

University of Sydney, Australia
2017 – Present

Steven Hartman

Circumpolar Observatory Director

University of Iceland & Stefansson Arctic Institute, Iceland
2016 – Present

Kirill Thompson

East Asia Observatory Director

National Taiwan University, Taiwan
2015 – Present

Poul Holm

European Observatory Director

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland & Gothenburg University, Sweden
2013 – Presen

Juan Carlos Galeano

Latin Amercian Observatory Co-Director

Florida State University, USA
2015 – Present

Jorge Reinel Pulecio Yate

Latin Amercian Observatory Co-Director

Universidad de Amazonia, Colombia
2015 – Present

Joni Adamson

North Amercian Observatory Director

Arizona State University, USA
2013 – Present

Founding Convenors

Poul Holm

European Observatory Founding Convenor

Trinity College Dublin, EU
2012 – Present

Sally Kitch

North American Observatory Founding Convenor

Arizona State University, USA 2012 – Present

Iain McCalman

Australia Pacific Observatory Founding Convenor

University of Sydney, AU 2012 – 2018

Our Network

Our observatories have enlisted partnerships, projects and contributors from all over the world.


Global Contributors


International Projects


Worldwide Partners

Our Values

The guiding concepts that connect our Observatories represent the shared ideas informing our outlooks and shaping our research outcomes.
The Role of Humans
Humanities Innovations
Wicked Problems
The Centrality of the Humanities
Scholarly Outcomes and Resources
Environmental Literacy

How we Operate

The constitution of Humanities for the Environment addresses all aspects of the organization, purpose, functions, persons in charge and members.

Website Funding

Our website is funded by Arizona State University’s Environmental Humanities Initiative in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Office of the Dean of Humanities, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Additional funding was provided by the Sydney Environmental Institute and the Bifrost Project.

Our Creative Team

In its first phase, our website received its funding for development as part of the larger Integrating the Humanities Across National Boundaries $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). Additional funding was provided by Arizona State University's Office of the President, Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research (IHR), and the Humanities Institute at Wake Forest University.

Our Official Address

Humanities for the Environment is registered as a voluntary organisation under Danish law, CVR number 42295604 Legal address: Ringøvej 10, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark

Ringøvej 10
Roskilde, Denmark