Academic CV

Senior Lecturer in Journalism
Programme Leader for MA Magazine Journalism/MA Journalism/MA Sports Journalism


I’ve worked as a journalist, editor and editorial manager since 1994 across a number of  national magazines and online services, particularly in the music and creative arts sector, and in development and environmental journalism. I have a Masters in Creative and Critical Writing from Sussex University and a PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. I’ve been teaching and lecturing in journalism and writing since 2005.

I am a member of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, with a full submission to REF2014 in UoA 36. Our research was identified as 65% world or international leading (4* or 3*) in the recent exercise. I am also a member of the Editorial Board for the European Journal of EcoPsychology. My newest funded research is as Co-I on an AHRC Connected Communities project working with colleagues from Newcastle, Sheffield and Bristol: (R)agency? The lived practices of anger.

Research interests:

  • Critical Animal Studies; animal rights, suffering and injustice
  • Writing the animal
  • Emotions in culture and society
  • The embodiment of emotions in running
  • Writing production processes
  • Animal Feelings (e.g. despair and denial of animal exploitation; biodiversity loss; vegan fatigue)
  • Environmental journalism practice and principles, especially animals and biodiversity
  • Cognitive sciences and the media

Current Research Work:

  • Exploring relations between animals, identity and affect
  • Veganism, vegan practices
  • Lines of running: the cultural, social and spiritual experiences of running
  • Ongoing interest in the processes of writing, especially in relation to animals and affect

Academic Awards and Funding

  • AHRC Connected Communities: (R)agency? The Lived Practices of Anger; Co-Investigator on anger and injustices felt by creative practitioners. £35-£40k as part of four institution collaboration (2015-)
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation Artworks Project; Co-Investigator on perceptions of participatory arts practice amongst creative writing academics: £7.5k as part of larger £247,000 project (2011-12)
  • ADM-HEA Education for Sustainable Development; Principle Investigator for ‘Sparking Sustainability’ to build sustainable teaching/learning into curriculum; £4,940 (2010-11)
  • ADM-HEA Education for Sustainable Development Fund: Founder and Convenor of the MeCCSA Climate Change, Environment and Sustainability Network; £3k (2010-11)
  • Winner of the Innovation in Teaching Award, University of Sunderland (2008-09)

Key Research Output:

  • Book Chapters

2013:  ‘Media, Politics and the Save our Forests Campaign’ in L. Lester and B. Hutchins (eds), Environmental Conflict and the Media (New York: Peter Lang) (Download Draft)

2012:  ‘Recruiting the Imagination: the Environmental Literary Journalism of Rachel Carson’ in R. Keeble (ed), Global Literary Journalists, Vol. 2 (New York: Peter Lang)

2011:  ‘The Shore is not a Beach’ in C. Berberich, N. Campbell and R. Hudson (eds), Land and Identity (Amsterdam: Rodopi)

2011:  ‘Sparking Sustainability: an example from media practice’ in K. Bartels and K. Parker (eds), Teaching Sustainability and Teaching Sustainably in Higher Education (Grand Velly State University: Stylus)

2010:  ‘Preparations for a post-Kyoto media coverage of climate change’ in T. Boyce and J. Lewis (eds), Climate Change and the Media (New York: Peter Lang)

  • Journal Articles

2012:  ‘The Affective Legacy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring’, Environmental Humanities 1(1)

2010:  ‘Seeding Doubt: How Sceptics Use New Media to Delay Action on Climate Change’, Geopolitics, History and International Relations 2(2)

  • Reviews

2013 ‘Depression: A Public Feeling’, Culture Machine at

2012:  ‘Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant’, Culture Machine at

2010: Our Miners’ Moment: The Battle to Save Higher Education for Working-Class Students, Culture Machine at

  • Conferences

2015: ‘The Strategic Creative Writer’ (forthcoming), Great Writing Conference, Imperial College, London, 20-21 June

2012:  ‘Wrong Turnings’, Affective Landscapes conference, University of Derby, 25-26 May

2011:  ‘Media, Politics and the Save Our Forests Campaign’, Environmental Politics and Conflict in an Age of Digital Media symposium, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 17-18 November

2011:  ‘Archives of Green Feeling’, Spectacular Environments Symposium, Kings College London, 7-9 July (funded by AHRC Network)

2011:  ‘Affecting Environments and Critical Theory’, New Climes: Critical Theory and Climate Change Conference, Exeter University, 13-14 June

2011:  ‘Affecting Environments: emotional experiences between media and place in the Save Our Forests campaign’, Mediating Environmental Change conference, Bournemouth University, 4 March

2010:  ‘Media, emotion and environment’, Spectacular Environments Symposium, Kings College London, 16 October (funded by AHRC Network)

2010:  ‘Culture and Emotion in Media Environments’, ASLE-UK Conference (‘culture and climate change’), Bath Spa University, 1-4  September

2010:  ‘A Literature of Recruitment and the Long-Form Journalism of Climate Change’, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies conference, Roehampton University, London, 20-22 May

2009:  ‘The Shore in not a Beach’, Lanc and Identity Symposium, University of Derby, 16 May

2009:  ‘Coverage of climate change, natural disasters and energy policy in the UK Press’, Annual MeCCSA conference, University of Bradford, 16-18 January

2009:  ‘Seeding doubt: how sceptics are using new media to delay action on climate change’, Annual Association of Journalist in Education conference, University of Sheffield, 12 January

2008:  ‘Seeding doubt: how sceptics use new media online’, New Media, New Democracy? Association for Journalism Education, Sheffield University, September

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