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Professor Graeme Macdonald

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Email: g dot macdonald at warwick dot ac dot uk


Faculty of Arts Building
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Dr Graeme Macdonald is Full Professor, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program. MA (Jt Hons in Literature and Sociology) Aberdeen; PhD (Glasgow); (PGCHE) Warwick.

Presently convenor of the Environmental Humanities Masters. I am also Faculty of Arts Lead on the University of Warwick Spotlight on Sustainability. I am a member and contributor to After Oil.

Research interests

Research interests include Energy Humanities and Petrocultures; Environmental Humanities; Climate Cultures; Futures; Resources in World Literature/Globalisation; Science Fiction and Fantasy; Modern and Contemporary Scottish and British Culture.

Funded Project Work

CI - RSE Research Network, Connecting with a Low Carbon Scotland (2016-18).

CI - Climaginaries: narrating socio-cultural transitions to a post-fossil society, multi-national project funded by FORMAS (Swedish Research Council)

I was collaborator with artist Paul Lemmon on Warwick Transformations Project for Coventry Biennial (23/24). See "Memories of a Future City" described by the BBC here.

Worked with Material on the VIDI Futures Project: COP26-Present.

Teaching and Supervision

Research supervision: I would welcome research projects in the fields of energy humanities and petroculture, environmental humanities, climate change and climate imaginaries, science fiction, modern Scottish/British literature and materialist projects on world literature.

I have currently have two PhD students:

  • Nadia Backleh (World Literature and Migration: Questioning Neoliberal Cultures and Modalities of Resistance under Globalization)
  • Pegah Pezeshki (Narratives of Revolution in Middle Eastern Novels 1967-Present

I have supervised the following PhD projects

  • Nora Castle (Food, Foodways, and Environmental Crisis in Contemporary Speculative Fiction)
  • Harry Pitt-Scott (The Offshore Imaginary: Fossil Finance and Petroculture, 1973-2008)
  • Lara Choksey (‘Life Itself’ in Doris Lessing’s Space Fiction: Evolution, Epigenetics and Culture)
  • Rhys Williams (Cognitive Impurities: A Political Approach to Fantastic Fiction in the Neoliberal Age)
  • Chris Maughan (Activism Ltd – Environmental Activism and Contemporary Literature)
  • Gemma Goodman, (Alternative Cornwalls: Constructing Place in Victorian and Modern Cornish Literature)

  • Sumana Ray, (Beyond Multiculturalism: the emergence of the liminal Briton in contemporary British Asian women’s writing) (part-supervision)

  • Natasha Dunn, (Trauma in Six Late Twentieth Century Women’s Novels)

  • I have also supervised MA Dissertations on a variety of topics.

My BA options include:

MA options include:

Selected publications


  • MA [Jt Hons] (Aberdeen)
  • PhD (Glasgow)

img_5807.jpgOffice hours 2023/24 (Room 5.16)

Term 1: Tuesdays 1-2; Wednesdays 10-11 or by appointment or Teams

Term 2: Tuesdays 1-2 Wednesdays 10-11; or by Appointment or Teams

Term 3: same as above. But also by appointment and online if that works easier for you.

If you can't make the above times, email me and we can arrange a time.