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Dr Samuel Tang


Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Regulation and Innovation

Room Number: Room 3.13, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus


Dr Tang specialises in research looking at corporate environmental management, climate change regulation and policy, and the science-policy interface. His Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded PhD at King’s College London investigated the effects of climate change regulation on the business performance and management of multinational corporations.

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Research Interests:

  • Corporate environmental management
  • Climate change regulation and policy
  • Science-policy interface

Dr Tang's research revolves around the symbiotic relations between organisations and society. That is, how, in pursuit of a sustainable, prosperous, equitable, safe and secure future, society shapes and is shaped by public, private and third sector entities. He is particularly interested in how this nexus is affected by 1) regulation and policy, 2) sociocultural dynamics, and 3) knowledge and expertise.

Previously, Dr Tang investigated the ways in which multinational corporations are responding to mandatory (and voluntary) climate change reporting requirements. The research analysed corporate climate reporting practices and discussed what they actually meant for business performance and management of climate change.  

He is affiliated with the Environmental Defense Fund (, a leading international nonprofit organisation working to find transformative solutions to the most serious environmental problems. He also contributes to their work on oil and gas methane emissions in the European Union.


Journal articles

  • 2012. Tang, S. and Dessai, S. Usable Science? The UK Climate Projections 2009 and Decision Support for Adaptation Planning. Weather, Climate and Society, 4(4): 300-313.

Conference papers

  • 2014. Tang, S. “The Practice and Governance of Climate Change Reporting in the UK Business Community”. Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting 2014, Tampa, Florida, USA. April 8-12.

  • 2014. Tang, S. “Developing a Research Strategy and the Tricks of Getting into Multinational Companies”. Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Climate Change Research Group Postgraduate Meeting, How do we do Research on Climate Change?, King’s College London, UK. January 29.
  • 2012. Tang, S. “The Role of Knowledge Brokers in Promoting Climate Change Adaptation”. Improving the Communication and Use of Early Warnings of Severe Weather Hazards, King’s College London, UK. May 4.
  • 2012. Tang, S. and Dessai, S. “The Balancing Act, Using Climate Science to Inform Adaptation Decisions: A Case Study on the UK Climate Projections 2009”. Symposium on The Governance of Adaptation, Amsterdam, Netherlands. March 22-23.
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