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
- ‘Indigenous Temporality and Climate Change in Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria’, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 2019 Vol. 55 No. 4, 541-554
- ‘Speculative Solutions: The Development of Environmental and Ecofeminist Discourse in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam’, Studies in Canadian Literature, 2015 Vol. 40 No.2
- Conference Proceedings for the Mediating Climate Change conference (July 2017) http://romanticcatastrophe.leeds.ac.uk/conference-proceedings-mediating-climate-change/
- Conference Report for ‘The Garden: Ecological Paradigms of Space, History and Community’ (EASLCE, University of Würzburg, September 26-29, 2018) https://landlinesproject.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/a-conference-report-on-the-garden-ecological-paradigms-of-space-history-and-community-easlce-university-of-wurzburg-september-26-29-2018/
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).
- ‘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
- Project Administrator for the Land Lines: British Nature Writing AHRC Project 2017–2019
- Project Assistant on AHRC-funded follow on projects Nature Writing Beyond the Page: Tracks, Traces and Trails (2020) and Tipping Points: Cultural Responses to Wilding and Land Sharing in the North (2020)
- Co-organiser of the conference A Hostile Climate?: Mutlidisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change (University of Leeds, April 8th 2019)
- 'Under Her Eye' Fellow (2018) for climate change charity Invisible Dust, assisting at the conference ‘Under Her Eye: Women and Climate Change’ (British Library, London, June 2018)
- Postgraduate Co-Ordinator for the Environmental Humanities Research Group in 2018, and ran the regular Environmental Humanities Reading Group sessions.
- Worked with the Priestley International Centre for Climate on the #MyClimate campaign as part of the Green Great Britain Week 2018s
- Editorial Assistant for the journal Global Environment at the Rachel Carson Center at LMU Munich (November 2017)
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