Research Group

Environmental Arts and Humanities

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Addressing the global climate and ecological crises

Environmental arts and humanities at Essex is a group of researchers and educators that apply a range of disciplinary expertise to address the urgent global climate and ecological crisis.

We are committed to working across subject areas to find innovative solutions to immediate and longer-term problems. Our members include world leaders in their fields of study and new generation thinkers.

The distinctive strengths of environmental arts and humanities at Essex are centred on an interdisciplinary approach that brings together theoretical research with applied scholarship and practice-as-research.  Projects include creative writing, film, theatre studies, and the curation of art exhibitions as well as historical environmental studies, environmental law, literary geographies and ecologies, and ecocriticism. We look for difficult challenges that require innovative solutions and are committed to using our expertise to confront environmental crises at local, national and global levels. 

Our research is impactful at its core, bringing change and transforming how societies around the world confront some of the most serious issues that they have ever faced. 

Our research

Academic members

Faculty Dean Research (Humanities) - Professor (R), Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Romantic period; Walter Scott; Charles Lamb; Scottish literature; Ballads and folk literature; Late 18th Century British and American literature; 19th century British and American literature; Charles Brockden Brown; Periodicals and magazines; Transatlantic studies 18th and 19th century literature; Nature writing and ecocriticism; Borders and cultural encounters
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Modernity in Latin America; Visual culture; Space and politics; Memory politics; Human-nature relations; Water, hydraulics, liquid ecologies in the arts; Environmental aesthetics; Photography; Digital culture; Contemporary visual production in Latin America; VENEZUELA RESEARCH NETWORK. With Dr. Penélope Plaza (University of Reading), Dr. Rebecca Jarman (University of Leeds).
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Nature writing and the New Nature Writing movement; creative non-fiction; ecocriticism; psychogeography and the rural derive; writing on the Essex landscape; the writers of Essex; British travel writing on Arabia; travel writing and theory; the work of W.G. Sebald; the interface between colonial history and postcolonialism
Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: environment, peace and security; critical approaches to international law; business and human rights in conflict situations; environmental/climate justice; human rights and international political economy; laws of war
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Philosophy of mind; philosophy of language; epistemology; philosophy of psychology; Speech acts
Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Disaster Heritage; Community Resilience; Heritage and Sense of Place; Digital Replicas of Heritage; Virtual Museums; Digital Heritage; Immersive environments for Heritage and Museums; The Heritage of Natural Catastrophes; Affect, Cognition and Perception in Digital Heritage Studies; Video Ethnography for Heritage Studies
Professor, Department of History
Research interests: Consumerism and consumer movements; Popular politics and popular protest; Working-class culture and autobiography
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Professor, School of Law
Research interests: Laws of armed conflict; Environmental law; Human rights and the environment
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Emerging Military Technologies including Autonomous Weapons Systems and Human Enhancement Technologies; Posthuman Legal Theory; Gender and Conflict; Feminist and Queer approaches to International Law; Science, Technology and the Law; The Rights of Nature; International Environmental Law/Human Rights and the Environment; TWAIL/Postcolonial approaches to International Law; Deep-Sea Mining Regulation; Outer Space Law
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Literature and culture of the US South; William Faulkner; New Orleans; Post-war US fiction; African-American literature; Theory Bakhtin, reader-response, literary geography
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Professor, School of Law
Reader, Department of History
Research interests: History of Jewish People in Asia; Social History of Drugs; Material Culture. Visual Culture, and Everyday life in Modern China (1870-1950); Social History of Modern China; History of Public Health and Medicine in 20th century China; Food and Foodways; History of Diseases, Environmental History; Medicine and Religion in East Asia, 20th Century
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