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Senior Research Fellow in Climate Science, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Luke Harrington is a Senior Research Fellow in Climate Science at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute (NZCCRI) at Victoria University of Wellington. He completed both his undergraduate degree and PhD in Geophysics at VUW, before accepting a postdoctoral research position at the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute (ECI) in early 2017, with a focus on changing climate extremes and their impacts.

Alongside his research post at the ECI, Luke spent several years as a Stipendiary Lecturer in Physical Geography at St. Peters College within Oxford University, and has more recently worked as a freelance consultant, providing advisory services for clients including HelpAge International, ClientEarth and McKinsey. Luke returned to the NZCCRI as a Senior Research Fellow in January 2021.

Luke is an expert in climate change emergence, understanding warming-driven changes to extreme weather and their impacts, and methods relating to probabilistic event attribution.


  • 2017–2020
    Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate Extremes, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford