About this Blog and its Author

January 2015

This is a blog of thoughts and resources about the Environmental Humanities by Owain Jones.

I think I am (was – when appointed 01 May 2014)  the first professor with such a title in the UK!!

This is a growing (inter)disciplinary heading around the world. But the UK is lagging behind somewhat. I note that of the fifty or so academics on the international editorial board of the flagship Journal Environmental Humanities only three are from the UK. Sarah Whatmore and Jamie Lorimer (University of Oxford) and Jonathan Skinner (University of Warwick).

See the “links” column on the right for key EH research centres, journals and the like.

The other pages offer a range of resources and/or writings.

Please note this blog was started before the Research  Centre for the Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University  was set up and before Professor Kate Rigby was appointed to lead that. I am thrilled to now  be part of that wider enterprise. Not all the views expressed here, however, are shared with the Research Centre. They are mine alone.

November 2015

More about the author (from a recent application). 

Owain Jones is a Professor of Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University with a range of inter-disciplinary nature-society research strengths centred on cultural geography. He is PI on a £1.5 million AHRC, Connected Communities Large Grant (Sustainability theme) which is creatively investigating how citizens and communities might connect with water and each other through multiple water issues. This includes expanded ‘ecological’ notions of citizen/community to include non-humans, infrastructure and so on. There are eight UK university partners and a large number of community groups and artist consultants in the project team which operates in three urban areas (Bristol, Bradford, East London) and one rural one (Borth, Mid-Wales). See the project website “Towards Hydrocitizenship” here.  There are other websites, Twitter, etc., to be found from there.

Previously he has been PI on; an AHRC Connected Communities scoping project on “situated and therapeutic narratives”; an NWO-AHRC project on vulnerable tidal coasts and community; and Co-I on a series of ESRC and RELU funded projects on flooding, food chains and more. He has published over fifty peer-reviewed papers on various aspects of nature-society relations, landscape, place, memory, affect, no-human agency. See most of these papers fully on line here.

He is in the peer-review colleges of both the ESRC and AHRC and was nominated by his academic peers to take part in the international benchmarking review of UK Human Geography; ESRC, Royal Geographical Society and AHRC. He has supervised three PhD completions and is currently supervising two others.


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