Ms Lucy Rowland

Postgraduate researcher

Summary: Feminist ecocriticism, material ecocriticism, contemporary women's literature, climate fiction, the environmental humanities.

I am currently in my third year as a PhD Researcher in the School of English. The title of my thesis is "Tortured Ecologies": Environmental Disaster and Climate Discourse in Contemporary Women's Fiction. 

Supervisors: Dr Clare Barker & Dr David Higgins



My PhD research is primarily concerned with contemporary women writers of differing cultural origins, their various literary representations of environmental disasters and climate change, and how they disrupt (or perpetuate) contemporary discourses on climate change in the media, political spheres, and beyond. My PhD research is also concerned with theories of feminist ecocriticism, ecofeminism, and new materialism. 

I began my PhD research in the School of English here at Leeds in September 2015, after completing a BA in English & Creative Writing and an MA in English Literature, both at the University of Birmingham. 

Awards: White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) AHRC Doctoral Studentship Award


‘The “Caribbean Matriarch”: Enacting Personal, Political, and Cultural Resistance in Maryse Condé’s Tales from the Heart and Gisèle Pineau’s Exile According to Julia’, Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language, April 2014, Volume VI

‘Speculative Solutions: The Development of Environmental and Ecofeminist Discourse in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam’, Studies in Canadian Literature, 2015 Vol. 40 No.2

Conference Papers:

‘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, Monday 20th June 2016

‘‘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 11-16th 2016

'Migration and Climate Discourse in Maggie Gee’s The Ice People (1998) and Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower (1993)' at Mediating Climate Change Conference, The University of Leeds, July 11th-14th 2017

Other Roles:

Volunteer for Green Impact Team, School of English

Editorial Board Member, WRoCAH Student Journal (

Member of Conference Advisory Panel, 'Mediating Climate Change' (July 2017) 

PGR Coordinator for the Leeds Environmental Humanities Research Group 

Teaching: Tutor on Poetry: Reading and Interpretation 2016-17. 

Tutor on Drama: Reading and Interpretation 2017-18.