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Arran Stibbe

Professor in Ecological Linguistics

In my teaching and research I focus on how language makes us who we are as people, and the role of language in building the kind of society we live in, using discourse analysis and ecolinguistics. Chevron icon


My research and teaching examines how language encodes the stories we live by, and shapes how we see ourselves and our relationship with other animals and the earth. This involves linguistic analysis of a wide range of discourses, from advertising which encourages people to buy unnecessary and ecologically damaging products, to the inspirational language of nature writing.

I am founder of the International Ecolinguistics Association, which has more than 650 members, and have been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for excellence in teaching.


PhD: Linguistics, Lancaster University, 1996


National Teaching Fellow

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research


My areas of teaching include communication for leadership, language and ethics, identity, ecolinguistics, and critical discourse analysis.


My research uses critical discourse analysis to analyse texts which are central in establishing identities and shaping society. I have analysed the discursive construction of health, illness, animals, masculinity, the environment, and disability. Arran’s latest research examines global literature in the search for inspiring forms of language to help us reconnect with the natural world. As it becomes increasingly clear that the current stories that industrial society is based on are leading towards inequality and environmental destruction, the task of searching for new stories to live by becomes increasingly urgent. Literature is a key source for these new stories since it provides gateways to other possible worlds.


More publications from Arran Stibbe can be found in the Research Repository.