Durham climate change professor who advises Governments and the UN receives King's Birthday Honour

Professor Harriet Bulkeley of Durham University, who has been made an OBE

A Durham University professor who "leads boundary-breaking" climate change research has been made an OBE in the King's Birthday Honours list.

Professor Harriet Bulkeley - who is an expert advisor to organisations including the UK Government and European Commission has been given the honour for her services to geography and environmental governance. She has also co-authored the UN-Habitat's "guiding principles" for city climate action planning, and is a member of the European Research Council's scientific council.

Prof Bulkeley said her work was the culmination of a dream she had held since her schooldays and added: "I am surprised and delighted to have been recognised in this way. Geography and its potential to address the environmental challenges we face has fascinated me ever since I was at school.

"It has been immensely rewarding to contribute to research, policy and practice for climate, nature and justice through my work."

The professor's work is based around providing "nature-based solutions" to problems relating to the environment, climate change and biodiversity.

This latest honour comes afters she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Science at Lund University in Sweden earlier this year, marking her inter-disciplinary work around climate change.