Dr Pippa Marland

Dr Pippa Marland


I returned to academia in 2011 after a career in music and completed a funded PhD in Ecocriticism at the University of Worcester, looking at the concept of 'islandness' in a selection of literary nonfiction island-themed works from islands around the British and Irish archipelago. A book based on my thesis, Ecocriticism and the Island: Readings from the British-Irish Archipelago, is forthcoming in 2019 in the Rowman and Littlefield 'Rethinking the Island' series, and I am also co-editing a collection for Routledge entitled Walking, Landscape and Environment.  While completing my PhD I taught on a range of courses at Worcester in English Literature and Media and Cultural Studies and, after the award of the PhD, I also taught at the University of Bristol. My current post at the University of Leeds is as Research Fellow on the AHRC-funded  'Land Lines: Modern British Nature Writing' project, working with colleagues in the School of English as well as researchers at Universities of St Andrews and Sussex. The main output of the project will be a history of British nature writing for Cambridge University Press. At the conclusion of the project I will be taking up a 3-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to explore the representation of farming in British nature writing.   


  • Researcher on 'Land Lines' project

Research interests

My research is primarily focused on the study of culture and environment, and falls under the banner of the Environmental Humanities. My work is informed by ecocritical theory and I am a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment in the UK/Ireland, USA and Europe: http://asle.org.uk/; https://www.asle.org/; https://www.easlce.eu/. I am particularly interested in the intersections of new materialism and ecocriticism and also emerging posthumanist approaches in green cultural studies. I have published widely on ecocriticism and contemporary nature writing and ecopoetry. My specialist areas of study are evocations of 'islandness' in contemporary literary non-fiction and the representation of farming in modern British nature writing. Much of my work on the 'Land Lines: Modern British Nature Writing' project has involved public engagement activities including a poll to find the UK's favourite nature books and collaborative work with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust: https://landlinesproject.wordpress.com/

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  • PhD Ecocriticism/Island Studies
  • BA Hons English

Professional memberships

  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment - UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI)
  • Association of the Study of Literature and Environment - USA
  • European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment
  • The British Society for Literature and Science
  • International Small Islands Study Organisation

Research groups and institutes

  • Environmental Humanities Research Group