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Summary: Comparative postcolonial literary/cultural studies, travel writing, ecocriticism, short fiction, and film.
My research spans the entire field of comparative postcolonial literary/cultural studies, and I also have expertise in environmental humanities (including animal studies), tourism studies (especially travel writing), short fiction and contemporary film. I am currently working on two contracted books: The Cetacean Quartet, a monograph on whales (Bloomsbury Press), and Land Lines, a co-authored study of modern British nature writing (Cambridge University Press). Recent publications include Nature's Saviours: Celebrity Conservationists in the Television Age (Routledge, 2013), which won an honourable mention for the 2014 ESSE Book Prize, and the 300,000-word Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies (Oxford University Press, 2013), which I sole-edited and includes contributions from top postcolonial scholars from across the world. Other books include The Postcolonial Exotic: Marketing the Margins (Routledge, 2001), Australian Literature: Postcolonialism, Racism, Transnationalism (Oxford University Press, 2007), Extreme Pursuits: Travel/Writing in an Age of Globalization (University of Michigan Press, 2009), and the co-authored Postcolonial Ecocriticism: Literature, Animals, Environment (Routledge, 2010; second edition 2015). A revised collection of my own essays, Interdisciplinary Measures, which came out in 2008 with Liverpool University Press, demonstrates 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) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. 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 the postcolonial field, while I either lead or have recently led two EU-funded projects, an ITN (Innovative Training Network) in environmental humanities, which also involves the University of Munich (LMU), the Deutsches Museum, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH); and a collaborative research project, 'Arctic Encounters: Contemporary Travel/Writing in the European High North', which brings together partners from Denmark, Iceland, Norway and the UK. I regularly organise events at Leeds --many of them postgraduate-oriented-- for the projects and networks I lead, for the ICPS, and for the School of English-based postcolonial research group. I am 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.
I have recently given invited talks in Britain, France, the Netherlands and Norway, and have acted as external reviewer for the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Northern Lights: Imagining the Arctic
Postcolonialism, Animals and the Environment