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Senior Lecturer in Climate Change, University of Waikato

Dr Luke Harrington is a Senior Lecturer in Climate Change at the University of Waikato.

He completed both his undergraduate degree and PhD in Geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington, 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. Luke also 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 was named in the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list.

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.


  • 2022–present
    Senior Lecturer in Climate Change, University of Waikato
  • 2021–2022
    Senior Research Fellow in Climate Science, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2017–2020
    Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate Extremes, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford