Environmental Humanities Research Group

Environmental humanities research group

The Environmental Humanities Research Group brings together researchers who specialise in the relationships between human creativity, social life and the nonhuman world.

We collaborate with academic and non-academic partners locally, nationally, and internationally, to conduct cutting-edge scholarship on literature and culture in the context of the global environmental crisis.

Our research interests span the whole field, and we are committed to working across disciplinary boundaries with colleagues in the social and environmental sciences. Prominent themes in recent work by group members include:

  • Postcolonial ecocriticism
  • Animal studies
  • Eighteenth-century and Romantic ecocriticism
  • Twentieth-century and contemporary poetry
  • The ‘Anthropocene’

We have a distinguished record of collaborative study, public-facing projects, and support from major funding bodies. We are the lead partner in Europe’s first doctoral training programme in the environmental humanities, a landmark €3m EU initiative. Through that project and others our funders and partners have included the Arts and Humanities Research Council; the British Academy; the Deutsches Museum, Munich; the European Research Council; the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm; the Poetry Society; the Rachel Carson Centre; the Woodland Trust; and the Wordsworth Trust.

We welcome applications from prospective research students with an interest in diverse aspects of environmental humanities. Our research students are at the heart of our community and are working on a very wide range of topics.

To find out more, visit the staff profiles of our members and our postgraduate research pages.


Visit our projects list for more information.


We run many regular events, including a term time reading group and an annual study day with a distinguished visiting lecturer.


Staff members

Dr Fiona Becket Pippa Marland
Jeremy Davies Dr Lourdes Orozco
Dr Richard de Ritter Tess Somervell
David Higgins Dr Emma Trott
Professor Graham Huggan


Research students

Victoria Addis Sophia Nicolov
Anna Antonova Lucy Rowland
Anastasia Cardone Caitlin Stobie
Jonathan Carruthers-Jones Julia Tanner
Carl McKeating Sarah Yoho
Katerina Liontou Rebecca Macklin



For further information about the the Environmental Humanities Research Group, please email Dr Jeremy Davies.