Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities, Edinburgh College of Art
Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and an Associate Professor II at the University of Oslo in the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities. Her work crosses critical time studies and environmental humanities, with a focus on the role of time in human and more-than-human communities. She is Editor-in-Chief for Time & Society (SAGE) and a co-editor of a number of collections including, The Social Life of Time (Time & Society), Field Philosophy and Other Experiments (Parallax) and Participatory Research in More-than-Human Worlds (Routledge). Michelle has recent publications in Environment and Planning E, Environmental Humanities and GeoHumanities. From 2021-2022, Michelle was a Mid-Career Fellow supported by the Independent Social Research Fund, looking at the scientific study of lifecycle events (phenology) and how it could contribute to work in the environmental humanities.
Hannah Boast is Chancellor’s Fellow at University of Edinburgh and author of Hydrofictions: Water, Power and Politics in Israeli and Palestinian Literature (Edinburgh University Press, 2020). Hydrofictions was shortlisted for the ASLE-UKI Book Prize 2021. Hannah works across cultural geography, political ecology, animal studies and contemporary literary studies, and is Associate Editor of Environmental Humanities.
Professor of Literature and the Environment
David Farrier’s books include Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils (4th Estate, 2020) and Anthropocene Poetics: Deep Time, Sacrifice Zones and Extinction (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). Footprints won the Royal Society of Literature’s Giles St Aubyn award and is translated into nine languages. He is currently writing a book about human-driven evolution, Curious Earth: Reimagining Animal and Human Life Together, which will be published by Canongate in 2025.
Ellie is a practice-based PhD student based in the School of Art. Her research adopts a theoretical, practical and place-based methodology to ask how artistic approaches can facilitate affective encounters with more-than-human temporalities and agency, specific to rainforest habitats along Britain’s west coast. By developing art-based approaches to multispecies ethnography, she also examines ethical and temporal questions arising from more-than-human creative collaboration, reflecting on object-based conservation interventions specific to these habitats. By translating and migrating wider environmental humanities, place-based and multispecies approaches to creative methodologies, including artist fieldwork, sound recording, artist moving image, photography and site-responsive sculpture, Ellie aims to investigate how artistic methods can amplify awareness of multispecies temporalities and how these are negotiated by human users within these rare habitats.
Matthew is a PhD researcher in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh where his research on ‘Repurposed Poetics and Anthropocene Time’ is funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. His work focuses on contemporary literature from Hawai’i, Guåhan, the Marshall Islands, and California. It considers how writing can be recycled to trace and highlight ecological change as it unfolds, parsing attuned ethical and political possibilities. A recent Scotland-based scholar selected for the British Council’s ‘EARTH’ programme, Matthew is also an editor for the FORUM journal, and sits on the SGSAH Doctoral Research Committee.