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My research spans the entire field of comparative postcolonial literary/cultural studies, and I also have expertise in the areas of ecocriticism, animal studies, travel writing, short fiction, and film. My most recent publications are Nature's Saviours: Celebrity Conservationists in the Television Age (Routledge/Earthscan, 2013) and the Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies (Oxford University Press, 2013), the latter of which I sole-edited. Other recent books include Postcolonial Ecocriticism: Literature, Animals, Environment (co-written with Helen Tiffin, Routledge, 2010) and Extreme Pursuits: Travel/Writing in an Age of Globalization (University of Michigan Press, 2009). A revised collection of my own essays, Interdisciplinary Measures, which came out in 2008 with Liverpool University Press, shows my ongoing commitment to cross-disciplinary approaches to postcolonial studies, as is also confirmed by the book series for which I am founding co-editor, 'Postcolonialism across the Disciplines' (also Liverpool University Press).
I am on the editorial board of numerous journals in the postcolonial field, am a regular national/international examiner and reviewer, and am a current member of the English Association (UK) and the MLA (US). I am also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland (Australia). At the University of Leeds, I direct the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (ICPS), a cross-disciplinary forum drawing on a wide range of university teaching and research in these fields. I am project leader for a major new ESF-funded collaborative research project, 'Arctic Encounters: Contemporary Travel/Writing in the European High North', which brings together partners from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and the UK, as well as several non-academic partners. I am also co-leader for an NWO-funded international research network, 'Postcolonial Europe', with partners in Germany (the University of Munich) and the Netherlands (the University of Utrecht), now in its second three-year phase, and network leader for a White Rose Consortium-sponsored project on the political ecology of water in Egypt, Israel/Palestine, and Sri Lanka. I regularly organise events at Leeds --many of them postgraduate-oriented-- for the two networks I lead, for the ICPS, and for the School of English-based Postcolonial Research Group. I am general convenor of 'Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies', the School of English's postcolonial MA scheme.
I have supervised PhD research, both at Leeds and elsewhere, on a wide range of topics and would welcome the opportunity to supervise further work in all areas of the postcolonial field, the crossover area between literary and environmental criticism (including animal studies), tourism studies and travel literature, and contemporary film.
In 2012 I gave invited talks in Australia and Hong Kong, spent a month at Australian National University as a Humanities Centre Visiting Fellow, and sat on the German Council of Science (Wissenschaftsrat), which advises the German government on educational matters. In 2013 I have given further talks in Britain, France, and the US, and have acted as external reviewer for the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Northern Lights: Imagining the Arctic
Postcolonialism, Animals and the Environment