Liam's research focuses on the geopolitics of climate change concerning small island states and rising sea levels. His work explores how the relationship between sovereignty, territory and statehood is being reimagined in low-lying atoll states at risk from rising sea levels. It examines how space and time shape understandings of climate change and the implications for critical geopolitics, adaptation and diplomacy.
Liam is interested in how vertical geopolitics and geographies of the ocean intersect in the construction of atoll states of "sinking islands" and how different forms of knowledge feature in the geomorphological controversies surrounding atoll futures. He considers the spatialities and temporalities embedded within the anticipatory actions of adaptation in Tuvalu and Kiribati. Finally, Liam's work is interested in the processes of climate diplomacy, specifically the role of bodies, emotions and the visual within negotiations.
Before starting his DPhil in 2017, Liam completed his BA (Hons) in Geography and MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance at the School of Geography. Liam's previous MSc research focused on Seychelles and exploring the geopolitics underpinning the Blue Economy concept.