Lucy Rowland

Lucy Rowland



My PhD project 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). My research examines the work of a range of contemporary women writers, including Alexis Wright, Maggie Gee, Octavia Butler and Clare Vaye Watkins, and is 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. I am particularly interested in the inclusion and exclusion of marginalised voices within global conversations on climate change, and approach my chosen novels from a feminist ecocritical perspective, paying close attention to how the numerous social injustices of climate change play out within them. 

Publications and Writing


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

In the 2019-20 academic year I am convening and teaching on the module Environment, Crisis and Creativity: New Nature Writing, and teaching on the module Foundations in English Studies.

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

Conference papers

  • The Swan was an Exile Too’: Co-Navigating Climate-Changed Space in Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book’, ASLE-UKI Conference, Plymouth, September 2019
  • ‘This Country would never hear her voice’: Climate Change, Spatiality and Justice in Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book’, Postcolonial Association Conference, Manchester, September 2019
  • ‘Dunes, Desertification and the Possibility of Refuge in Clare Vaye Watkins’ Gold Fame Citrus (2015)’ at Writing Wrongs: Contemporary Women’s Writing Association Conference, University of Northumbria, September 2018
  • ‘Dunes, Desertification and the Possibility of Refuge in Clare Vaye Watkins’ Gold Fame Citrus (2015)’ at the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and Environment (EASLCE) Conference, University of Wurzburg, Germany, September 2018
  • Tortured Ecologies: Contemporary Women's Fiction and Climate Discourse, invited speaker, Manchester SALC Research Seminar Series, May 2017
  • ‘Migration and Climate Discourse in Maggie Gee’s The Ice People (1998) and Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower (1992)’ at the Mediating Climate Change Conference, University of Leeds, July 2017
  • ‘‘In the wilderness, build me a nest’: Climate Change, Wildness and Migration in Europe in Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book (2013) and Maggie Gee’s The Ice People (1998)’, at The Future of Wild Europe Conference (ENHANCE ITN), The University of Leeds, September  2016
  • ‘Spatial Transformation, Environmental Disaster and Community in Contemporary Women’s Fiction’ at 'Everywhere and Nowhere: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium on Imagined Spaces', The University of Nottingham, June 2016

Other interests

I was the Postgraduate Co-Ordinator for the Environmental Humanities Research Group in 2018, and ran the regular Environmental Humanities Reading Group sessions. From 2017-2019 I was the Project Administrator for the Land Lines: British Nature Writing AHRC Project, and in April 2019 I co-organised the conference A Hostile Climate?: Mutlidisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change (University of Leeds, April 8th 2019) In 2018 I was an 'Under Her Eye' Fellow for the climate change charity Invisible Dust, assisting with the conference ‘Under Her Eye: Women and Climate Change’ (British Library, London, June 2018), and have worked with the Priestley International Centre for Climate on the #MyClimate campaign as part of the Green Great Britain Week 2018. In 2017 I spent a month at the Rachel Carson Center at LMU Munich as an Editorial Assistant for the journal Global Environment.

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