Environmental Humanities Research Group

We are a network of researchers based in the School of English at the University of Leeds. We collaborate with academic and non-academic partners in Leeds, across the UK and internationally to study the relationships between human creativity, social life and the nonhuman world.

The group was formed in 2011. Now bringing together more than twenty researchers, it is one of the UK’s most significant hubs for work in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities.

Our research interests span the whole field, and we are committed to working across disciplinary boundaries with colleagues in the social and environmental sciences. Prominent themes in recent work by group members include:

  • postcolonial ecocriticism
  • animal studies
  • eighteenth-century and Romantic ecocriticism
  • twentieth-century and contemporary poetry
  • the ‘Anthropocene’

We are the lead partner in Europe’s first doctoral training programme in the environmental humanities, a landmark €3m EU initiative. Through that project and others our funders and partners have included the Arts and Humanities Research Council; the British Academy; the Deutsches Museum, Munich; the European Research Council; the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm; the Poetry Society; the Rachel Carson Centre; the Woodland Trust; and the Wordsworth Trust.

On these pages you can find out more about who we are, some of our projects, and how to join us for PhD study. Or get in touch: the group’s convenor is Jeremy Davies (j.g.h.davies@leeds.ac.uk).