Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen

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Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen
Born 1942 (age 75–76)
Dresden, Germany
Residence Germany, Australia, United Kingdom
Nationality German
Citizenship German, Australian, British
Alma mater Adelaide University, University of Sussex
Scientific career
Fields Environmental Policy, Geography
Institutions University of Sussex, University of Hull
Thesis Limits to the international control of marine pollution (1981)

Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen (born in 1942) is an Emeritus Reader in the Department of Geography at the University of Hull in Kingston upon Hull England, where she taught environmental policy, management and politics.[1][2][3][4] She has been editor of the journal Energy & Environment since 1998.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen was born in Dresden, East Germany.[2][5] In 1956, she moved to Adelaide, South Australia, where she obtained a BA with Honours in Geomorphology from Adelaide University while also studying climatology, geology, physical geography and German literature.[5][6][7][8] She moved again to England in 1969 and later attended the University of Sussex where she first obtained an MA followed by a DPhil in International Relations in 1981.[2][6][9] Her doctoral thesis was titled, Limits to the international control of marine pollution.[10]


Boehmer-Christiansen joined the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex in 1985, working for a decade as a Research Fellow and then later as a Visiting Fellow.[2][7][11] Since the mid-1990s she had taught environmental policy, management and politics in the Geography Department at the University of Hull.[3][8] As an Emeritus Reader she still works from the University of Hull's Geography Department.[1][7]

She is a past member of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future.[2][12]

Views on Climate change[edit]

When asked about the publication in the Spring of 2003 of a revised version of the paper at the center of the Soon and Baliunas controversy, Boehmer-Christiansen said, "I'm following my political agenda -- a bit, anyway. But isn't that the right of the editor?"[13]

Boehmer-Christiansen has been a critic of climate models saying they are based on data that cannot be verified.[14] In 2006, she signed an open letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to open the Kyoto Protocol to debate by holding balanced, comprehensive public-consultation sessions on the Canadian government's climate change plans.[15]

She describes herself as agnostic on whether humans are causing global warming, and believes its negative aspects to be politically exaggerated.[16]

Third-party views[edit]

According to Fred Pearce, Boehmer-Christiansen is a sceptic about acid rain and global warming and calls the science reports produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change "political constructs."[17]

The Guardian reported that Boehmer-Christiansen published – against the recommendations of a reviewer – a paper in Energy & Environment claiming that the Sun is made of iron.[18][19]

Selected publications[edit]

Journal articles


  1. ^ a b "Geography Department: Academic Staff". University of Hull. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Dr Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen". University of Hull. Archived from the original on 6 December 2003. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Enlightening the Future 2024 Survey – Dr Sonja A Boehmer-Christiansen". Spiked. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Scientific Advisory Forum". The Scientific Alliance. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Dr. Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen". OGEL. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Boehmer-Christiansen, Sonja (January 1982). "The scientific basis of marine pollution control". Marine Policy. Elsevier. 6 (1): 2–10. doi:10.1016/0308-597X(82)90038-0. 
  7. ^ a b c Boehmer-Christiansen, Sonja (February 2010). "Memorandum submitted by Dr Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen (CRU 26)". UK Parliament. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia" (PDF). House of Commons. 24 March 2010. p. 124. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Boehmer-Christiansen, Sonja A. (1990). "Emerging international principles of environmental protection and their impact on Britain". The Environmentalist. 10 (2): 95. doi:10.1007/bf02244387. 
  10. ^ Boehmer-Christiansen, S.A. (1981). "Limits to the international control of marine pollution". University of Sussex. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "SPRU Annual Report – SPRU Staff: Associate Staff – Visiting Fellows and Professors" (PDF). University of Sussex. 1998. p. 39. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Stakeholder Forum – Annual Report 2001–2002" (PDF). Stakeholder Forum. 2002. p. 25. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Monastersky, Richard (5 September 2003). "Storm Brews Over Global Warming". Chronicle of Higher Education. 
  14. ^ "Tuvalu's tides divide scientists". The Age. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Open Kyoto to debate – An open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper". National Post. 11 April 2006. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Conversations From the Frotier with Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen, Geomorphologist". Frontier Centre for Public Policy. 29 June 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. 
  17. ^ Pearce, Fred, The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth about Global Warming, (2010) Guardian Books, ISBN 978-0-85265-229-9, p. XIV.
  18. ^ Barley, Shanta (25 February 2011). "Real Climate faces libel suit". The Guardian. 
  19. ^ Manuel, Oliver K. (2009). "Earth's Heat Source – The Sun". Energy & Environment. 20 (1–2): 131–144. arXiv:0905.0704Freely accessible. doi:10.1260/095830509787689178. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. 

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