Completed projects

Past research projects in the Environmental Humanities

The Research Centre for the Environmental Humanities has been the recipient of a number of awards and grants from such funding bodies as the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Templeton Foundation. Find out more below how we used those funds to institute dialogue and change in our discipline. 

2017-18 events

February 15

Julian Wolfreys, poet, novelist, musician and Professor of English at the University of Portsmouth, gave a talk on 'Voicing the Land'.

March 15

Christoph Schwitzer, Head of Conservation from the Bristol Zoo, spoke on the role of zoos in conservation (in association with Biology).

April 12

Arran Stibbe, Reader in Ecological Linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire, spoke on ecolinguistics and 'the stories we live by'.

May 24

Joni Adamson, Professor of Environmental Humanities at Arizona State University, gave a talk on current developments in the environmental humanities.

May 17

Michael Tippett Centre: David Rothenberg, Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, presented a lecture/workshop on his improvisational music-making with nonhuman others (notably birds and whales), followed by a performance (also in the Michael Tippett Centre).

(In collaboration with Music)

May 10

This talk by Dolly Jørgensen, Associate Professor of History of Environment and Technology Luleå University of Technology, examined a pivotal effort to reintroduce the European beaver in Europe – the earliest successful beaver reintroduction project in Europe was bringing back the beaver to Sweden in 1922.

October 18

Merle Patchett, Geography, University of Bristol:

From Sexual Selection to Sex in the City: The Biogeographies of the Blue Bird-of-Paradise.

November 15

Lila Matsumoto, University of Nottingham:

Poetic Technologies: Exploring Hebridean renewable energy production through poetry- sculpture collaboration

This lecture was jointly presented by Intercultural Communication through Practice Research Group.

13 December 2017

Mike Hannis, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities, Bath Spa University:

Killing Nature to Save It? Ethics, Economics and the Trophy Hunting of Black Rhinoceros.

17 January 2018

Tim Dee, nature writer and BBC presenter:

Writing a Season – a talk about a work in progress about the world in progress.


“Towards hydrocitizenship. Connecting communities with and through responses to interdependent, multiple water issues”

Arts and Humanities Research Council, Connected Communities Environments and Sustainability Large Grant;

2014 – 2017; £1,477,202. Principal Investigator . See project website.

Landscaping Change

"Landscaping Change: Exploring the transformation, reconstitution and disruption of environments through the arts and humanities and social science"

British Academy, Rising Star Engagement Award 2015-2016; Rising Star Follow-on Funding 2016-2017;

Principal Investigator . See project website.

Troubled Waters, Stormy Futures

"Troubled Waters, Stormy Futures: Heritage in times of Accelerated Climate Change"

Arts and Humanities Research Council, Care for the Future;

2015 – 2016; £13,347. Principal Investigator . See project website.

Faith in Conservation

"Faith in Conservation"

Templeton Foundation

2017. Principal Investigator Ian Todd.

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