Lucy Rowland

Lucy Rowland



My doctoral thesis was titled Climate Discourse in Contemporary Women's Speculative Fiction and was funded by the AHRC consortium, the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH). This research examined the work of a range of contemporary women writers, including Alexis Wright, Maggie Gee, Octavia Butler and Claire Vaye Watkins, and was concerned with how these authors respond to discourses of climate change within their texts, with particular emphases on depictions of migration, climate change temporalities, and altered landscapes or spaces. My thesis paid particular attention to the inclusion and exclusion of marginalised voices within global conversations on climate change, approaching the texts from a feminist ecocritical perspective, exploring how they depict the numerous social injustices of climate change. My current research interests expand into the environmental and energy humanities, and global contemporary literature.

Publications and Writing



I have taught on the core undergraduate modules Poetry: Reading and Interpretation (2016-17) and Drama: Reading and Interpretation (2017-18, 2018-19) in the School of English.

In the 2019-20 academic year I am convening, lecturing and tutoring on the module Environment, Crisis and Creativity: New Nature Writing, alongside tutoring on the modules Foundations in English Studies, and Drama: Reading and Interpretation in Semester 2.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).


Conference Papers

Other roles



Research interests

Core interests

The environmental humanities, ecocriticism, feminist ecocriticism, contemporary fiction, climate fiction, speculative fiction, indigenous literature, women's writing

Environmental Humanities Research Group:

Land Lines: British Nature Writing Project: 

A Hostile Climate? Conference:


  • MA in English Literature (University of Birmingham)
  • BA in English with Creative Writing (University of Birmingham)
  • PhD in English Literature (University of Leeds, September 2019)

Research groups and institutes

  • Environmental Humanities Research Group