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