Dr James Renwick

Dr James Renwick


Professor and Head of School, School of Geography, Victoria University of Wellington


Dr James Renwick has nearly four decades’ experience in weather and climate research. His main field is large-scale climate variability and climate change, including the El Niño-Southern Oscillation cycle, the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds, and the impacts of climate variability and change on the Pacific, New Zealand and the Antarctic.

James was a lead author for the last two Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and is a Convening Lead Author for the new 6th IPCC Assessment.

He is involved with the World Climate Research Programme through their Project on Climate and Cryosphere.

James was recently awarded the Prime Minister’s 2018 prize for Science Communication.