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
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.
2021: Ecolinguistics: language, ecology and the stories we live by (second edition). London: Routledge.
2021: Language, discourse and ecosomatic awareness. In E. Darics (Ed.), Language Awareness in Business and the Professions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2021: Ecolinguistics as a transdisciplinary movement and a way of life. In Burkette, A. and Warhol, T., eds., 2021. Crossing Borders, Making Connections: Interdisciplinarity in Linguistics. Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
2020: Education for sustainability and the search for new stories to live by. In: J. Armon, S. Scoffham, and C. Armon, eds. Prioritizing Sustainability Education: A Comprehensive Approach. London: Routledge, 233–243.
2020: Towards a grammar of ecocultural identity. In Milstein, T. and Castro-Sotomayor, eds., 2020. Routledge handbook of ecocultural identity. New York: Routledge. [The edited volume was winner of the National Communication Association Book Award for Outstanding Environmental Scholarship. 2020]
2019: Discovering the weatherworld: combining ecolinguistics, ecocriticism and lived experience. Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication. London: Routledge, 71-83
2018: Critical Discourse Analysis and ecology. In John Richardson and John Flowerdew (eds) Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Analysis. London: Routledge, pp.497-509
2012: Animals Erased: discourse, ecology and reconnection with the natural world. Wesleyan University Press
Founder and convenor of the Ecolinguistics Association
MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility, Ashridge Executive Education