Chris Campbell’s research focuses on the field of Caribbean literary studies, with particular emphasis on world literature and ecocritical approaches to twentieth-century Caribbean writing. From a broader perspective his research interests include twentieth-century and contemporary Caribbean literature, approaches to world literature and world-ecology, ecocriticism, Black writing in Britain (from the eighteenth century to the present) and Postcolonial and Green Romanticisms. His recent research includes the monograph World-Creating Jungles: Wilson Harris, Derek Walcott and the Caribbean Environment (Forthcoming, Rodopi Press, 2014); the book maps out the development of each author’s brand of environmental thought through a detailed reading of significant but critically under-explored writings and a fresh perspective on the major novels and non-fictional prose by Harris and poems by Walcott. Other current research engages with the history and literature of the Guyanas and involves an examination of travel writing and natural history accounts of the region in C19th and C20th texts. Alongside Dr Michael Niblett, and colleagues from other institutions, he is pursuing a number of interconnected research interests focussing on literature and ecology. Under the rubric of “Global Frontiers: ecologies, commodities, labour and the arts”, these research strands include "Plotting the World System: Cash-Crops, Foodways, and Literary Representation" and "Captain Swing and King Sugar: Approaches to World-Ecological Comparativism". Running alongside this research programme is a series of talks and workshops entitled "Islands Unchained".
Julie Hudson is currently in her third year as a PhD student at Warwick. Her thesis is entitled "The Environment on Stage: Scenery or Cultural Shape-Shifter?" and her research interests include eco-theatre and audiences. She is a trustee of the forum theatre company Cardboard Citizens. She has specialised in sustainable investment with a City firm since 2004. Publications: The Social Responsibility of the Investment Profession (Research Foundation of CFA Institute, August 2006); '"If you want to be green hold your breath": Climate Change in British Theatre', NTQ 111 (2012); From Red to Green? How the Financial Credit Crunch Could bankrupt the Environment (Earthscan, 2011), and Food Policy and the Environmental Credit Crunch: From Soup to Nuts (Routledge 2013), both co-authored with economist Paul Donovan.
Peter Larkin’s three collections of poetry, Terrain Seed Scarcity (2001), Leaves of Field (2006) and Lessways Least Scarce Among (2012) focus on the dynamics of landscape in terms of compressions of scarcity as both survival strategy and countermode. He contributed to The Ground Aslant: an Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry (2011) and has published a book of essays, Wordsworth & Coleridge: Promising Losses (2012), which features a number of ecocritical studies. A new collection, Give Forest Its Next Portent, is due out from Shearsman next year. Main research interests are (Romanticist) ecopoetics, phenomenology and postmodern theology.
Emma Mason's research is focused on poetry as a way of negotiating the relationship between ecology and religion. Her current book, Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith (Oxford University Press), argues that Rossetti models her religious life on plant subjectivity to prioritize an ecological ethics within faith. Mason has also argued for a 'green' grace as a way of reading ecological concerns in Heidegger, Latour, Felicia Hemans, John Clare, William Wordsworth and Jack Clemo. She is also working on a collected poems of Peter Larkin.
Pablo Mukherjee's major research interests include the relationship between imperialism, environmental crises and literature as well as 'green' post-colonial theory. His most recent books, Postcolonial Environments (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Natural Disasters and Victorian Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) explore the colonial and post-colonial dimensions of environmental disasters and their impact on literary and cultural forms. Among his current projects is a collaboration with national and international institutions which analyses the impact of urban planning on violence and the registration of this in contemporary writing.
Michael Niblett’s research interests centre upon Caribbean literature and culture, as well as world literature, environmental history, and critical theory. He is interested in the literary encoding of ecology, modernity, nationhood, and class struggle in texts produced in the Caribbean and in other peripheral and semi-peripheral areas within the capitalist world-system. Between 2009 and 2012, he was involved in a Leverhulme Trust-funded research project entitled Literature and the Environment in the Caribbean: The Case of Guyana, which examined the intersection between aesthetics, the environment, and social justice in Guyana. His current research explores the ways in which world literature might be reconceptualised through the prism of what environmental historian Jason Moore terms “world-ecology”. Forthcoming publications include studies of the literary mediation of commodity frontiers and ecological revolutions; of the different political ecologies of resources such as oil, sugar, and rubber; and of the economic-ecological dynamics of boom-towns. Alongside Dr. Chris Campbell and colleagues from other institutions, he is pursuing a number of interconnected research interests centred on literature and world-ecology. Under the rubric of “Global Frontiers: Ecologies, Commodities, Labour and the Arts”, these research strands include “Plotting the World System: Cash-Crops, Foodways, and Literary Representation” and “Captain Swing and King Sugar: Approaches to World-Ecological Comparativism”.
Jonathan Skinner founded and edits the journal ecopoetics, which features creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology. His poetry collections include Birds of Tifft (BlazeVOX, 2011) and Political Cactus Poems (Palm Press, 2005). Skinner has published critical essays on Charles Olson, Ronald Johnson, Lorine Niedecker, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Bernadette Mayer, translations of French poetry and garden theory, essays on bird song from the perspective of ethnopoetics, and essays on horizontal concepts such as the Third Landscape and on Documentary Poetry. His current writing project focuses on bioacoustics and cross-species listening. A former Professor of Environmental Studies at Bates College, Skinner teaches in the Writing Program at the University of Warwick. Currently, he is writing a book of investigative poems on the urban landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted, and a critical book on acoustic ecology in contemporary poetry, Vibrational Communication.
George Ttoouli is an Honorary Teaching Fellow for the Writing Programme and a PhD candidate investigating twentieth century serial poetry through an ecopoetics framework. Key case studies currently centre on US-UK poets, including Lorine Niedecker, Basil Bunting, Charles Olson, Robin Blaser, Peter Riley, Susan Howe, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Carol Watts, and others. An essay on Peter Riley, ‘Depth of Field: the quest for meaning in Alstonefield: a poem’, is forthcoming in collection from Gylphi Press. With Chris Maughan he co-organised a conference in March 2013, as part of their HRC Doctoral Fellowship Award, ‘Planetary Cancer: Growth, Economy and Culture in an Era of Climate Catastrophe’. He has published a collection of poetry, Static Exile (2009), with a second, from Animal Illicit, forthcoming 2014/15, exploring human and non-human relationships. Research interests focus on ecopoetics from a structural perspective and creative writing.