Environmental journalist awarded Honorary Doctorate by Bath Spa University

February 13, 2020

Bath Spa University has awarded an Honorary Doctorate to The Guardian’s environment editor Damian Carrington.

Damian, pictured, reports on the climate crisis, the destruction of the natural world and pollution and during his career has reported from all seven continents as well as the Amazon and all five oceans, including the Arctic. 

Last year he covered stories from the Columbian Andes and from Darfur in Sudan. After studying geology at the University of Cambridge, Damian completed a PhD and post-doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh.

His journalism has been recognised by awards from the Association of British Science Writers, the British Society of Magazine Editors, the European Online Journalism awards and others.

Prior to joining The Guardian in 2008, Damian reported on science while at BBC News Online and New Scientist. He was also web editor for the Financial Times.

Bath Spa vice-chancellor prof Sue Rigby presented Damian with his Honorary Doctorate at the university’s winter graduation ceremony at The Forum last week, after which he gave a short acceptance speech.

Damian said: “I am truly delighted to accept this honour from Bath Spa University. With all the environmental problems the world faces, we need new ways of doing things in the 21st century, and the university is clearly determined to be a 21st century institution.”

Prof Rigby added: “Damian’s voice is one of reason and clarity. He balances emotive topics with scientific rigour, and presents a clarion call for change, in a measured and nuanced manner.”

Bath Spa, which has more than 7,000 students, is one of the UK’s leading creative universities.

Photo of Damian Carrington by Chris Wakefield of Crescent Photography



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