Dr Sergio Fava

Senior Lecturer and Research Convenor;

Faculty Director of Research Students

Affiliated with StoryLab Research Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Fine art , Photography , Sociology

Sergio's research is devoted to understanding how the connections between visual arts, science, and religion affect environmental futures. Investigating those connections has led to a special interest in qualitative research methods across the social sciences and the arts.



Sergio studied for a BA in Philosophy at the University of Porto, in Portugal. After ten years as a technical consultant in disaster recovery solutions for telecommunication companies, he returned to academia through a practice-based MA in Photography (Falmouth), and a PhD in Sociology (Lancaster).

Sergio teaches contextual studies and art theory in several BA programmes in the School of Art. At postgraduate level, he teaches research methods, critical writing and contextual studies across most Masters programmes, as well as supervising doctoral research projects in visual arts and religious studies. His past teaching in sociology and religious studies continues to modulate his approach to the visual arts.

Research interests

  • Social change and climate change mitigation
  • Climate modelling and future studies
  • The cultural and scientific history of prediction
  • Visual and environmental art
  • Religion and environment

Areas of research supervision

  • Visual arts
  • Art and environment; art and climate change
  • Cultural and sociological histories of art
  • Relations between art, religion, science and social change


  • PhD Sociology, Lancaster University
  • MA Photography, Falmouth University
  • PGCE (HE), Lancaster University
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Porto

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Principal Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • Member, the British Sociological Association

Selected recent publications

Fava, S., 2013. Environmental Apocalypse in Science and Art: Designing Nightmares. [Monograph] Studies in Social and Political Thought. New York: Routledge.

Fava, S., 2012. 'When Rome Falls, Falls the World': Current 93 and Apocalyptic Folk, in Partridge, C. (Ed.). Apocalypse and Popular Music. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press.

Fava, S., 2011. Book Review [untitled]. Journal of Time and Society.

Reviewed work

Hall, J., 2009. Apocalypse: From Antiquity to the Empire of Modernity. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Recent presentations and conferences

Social Change through Atheological Eschatology: Climate Change Action and the Principle of Pratītyasamutpāda in Engaged Buddhism. Religion and Crisis conference, British Sociological Association, July 2014, University of Sussex, Brighton.

Adam’s processed apple: Religious eschatology and climate risk mitigation technologies. Risk and Rapture: Apocalyptic Ideology in Late Modernity, September 2013, Chester University.

The Great Collapse and the Final Irony: Climate Change and Christian Eschatology. Culture, Politics and Eschatology Symposium, September 2012, Lancaster University.

Counting the Days: Mathematics and Revelation in the Work of John Napier. Cambridge Theological Federation research seminar, January 2012, Cambridge University.

Tomorrow's Menu: Cultural and Historical Contexts of Global Food Security Policy. Cesagen seminar, March 2010, Lancaster University.