Micah Thomas

PhD Researcher

Micah is a visiting PhD researcher at Tyndall Newcastle University, working with Prof. Hayley Fowler. His research delves into the extent to which scientific and ethical naturalism could hinder or facilitate our ability to address climate change and environmental justice challenges, and specific aspects within these perspectives that may be considered erroneous, potentially leading to a loss of valuable knowledge and a search for alternative knowledge—the role of nonexperts in shaping comprehension of climate change impacts and pursuits of environmental justice principles—and the implications of integrating such knowledge into the policy and decision-making process.

Previously a visiting PhD researcher at the iClimate Centre and Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Denmark (August–December 2022), Micah led research on “Climate Determinism and the Broken Paradigm” and “The Death of Science and Climatic Risk Narratives,” where he argues for the need to navigate the complexities of ethics and justice to find equitable solutions and the need to navigate the epistemic and political complexity of the climate change debate beyond status quo, respectively.

Micah holds a B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in philosophy of law from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, and is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania.

Using a “post-normal science” approach—a theory that connects epistemology with governance—Micah’s research interests are wide-ranging and highly transdisciplinary:

~ Climate change and risk imposition

~ Ethics and governance of the environment, climate change, and biodiversity

~ Ethics and the epistemology of climate change and environmental justice

~ Indigenous knowledge

~ Narrative Epistemology