Faculty Profile

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Full-time Faculty
Associate Professor of Environmental History; Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education); Basket Coordinator for Technology, Science & Society; Urban Fellow, SMU Urban Institute; Lee Kong Chian Fellow
College of Integrative Studies CIS

Fiona Williamson joined SMU in 2018. She is an environmental historian with a particular interest in the history of the climate, meteorology and extreme weather in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.


  • PhD, University of East Anglia, 2009
  • MA (Higher Education), University of East Anglia, 2011
  • MA (History), University of East Anglia, 2003

Research Interests

  • Environmental History of Singapore, British Malaya, and Hong Kong
  • History of the Climate, Climate Change and Extreme Weather
  • Climate and Its Impact on Colonial Cities, Especially How the Weather Shaped Culture and Society
  • Inter-disciplinary Projects with Scientists and Geographers on the Urban Heat Island (UHI) Effect, the Recovery of Historical Observational Weather Data for Climate Modelling, and the History of Nature-induced Disasters in Asia

Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Science, Environment & Empire
  • Climate, History & Society