Lucy Rowland



My PhD project is titled "Tortured Ecologies": Environmental Disaster and Climate Discourse in Contemporary Women's Speculative Fiction and is 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. 


I have taught on the core BA English modules Poetry: Reading and Interpretation (2016-17) and Drama: Reading and Interpretation (2017-18). I am in the application stage for an Associate Fellowship for the Higher Education Academy.


Conference papers

  • ‘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
  • ‘‘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
  • 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
  • ‘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

Other interests

I am the Postgraduate Co-Ordinator for the Environmental Humanities Research Group, and run the regular Environmental Humanities Reading Group sessions. I am currently the Project Administrator for the Land Lines: British Nature Writing AHRC Project, and I am on the organising panel for the conference A Hostile Climate?: Mutlidisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change (University of Leeds, April 8th 2019) I am an 'Under Her Eye' Fellow for the climate change charity Invisible Dust, 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 worked at the Rachel Carson Center at LMU Munich as an Editorial Assistant for the journal Global Environment.

Research interests

Core interests

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)

Research groups and institutes

  • Environmental Humanities Research Group