Free Access On-Line Key Resources (books, journals)

This page will list free access on-line resources that I have come across – key books, papers, journals and other stuff.

I believe all educational/research information should be free access. I have put just about all my papers and PDFs of books on line here

Open Access Journals

There are a growing number of very good free access journals focusing on the Environmental Humanities and similar territory. Some are long established.

Environmental Humanities


PAN is a journal publishing articles, short prose pieces and poetry exploring cultural
aspects of environmental crisis and cultural perspectives on resistance and renewal.

The Trumpeter. Journal of Ecosophy


Green Humanities


Dark Matter journal special issue NeoColonial Politics of Sustainability.(But of interest more generally too.)

University of Oregon Environmental Humanities Newsletter – PDF here

Articles in non-open access journals

The new Geohumanities Journal sits at the very rich interface of geography and the humanities and will have much environmentally focused content in the future on imagines. It is a frustration that it is not open access. But a few articles are, such as the opening editorial in 2015. The Environmental Humanities are named first on the journal’s list of anticipated areas of focus.

Book Series

“Open Humanities Press is an international, scholar-led open access publishing collective whose mission is to make leading works of contemporary critical thought available worldwide. OHP is a network of interlacing thematic scholarly communities whose various, predominantly autonomous, editorial activities make up the OHP collective.”

This is a great looking set of books that are all online as free PDFs.

Open Humanities Press

This publisher also supports

Living Books About Life – a series of open access books which

“is a series of curated, open access books about life — with life understood both philosophically and biologically — which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Produced by a globally-distributed network of writers and editors, the books in the series repackage existing open access science research by clustering it around selected topics whose unifying theme is life: e.g., air, agriculture, bioethics, cosmetic surgery, electronic waste, energy, neurology and pharmacology.”

See here for the list.


There are of course thousands of potentially very relevant books for the development of the Environmental Humanities.

Here will be some KEY TEXTS – which, happily, are free in full on-line. They are in no particular order. As they crop up in my work I will add them.

Christopher Tilley and Kate Cameron-Daum 2017;  An Anthropology of Landscape

Click on image to go to UCL Press and free pdf link

An Anthropology of Landscape Cover


Michel Serres – key French (post-structuralist) philosopher of science – has written a series of startling books on nature, science, myth and such like. Key in the terms of this blog is the Natural Contract (1995 English). It contains a much quoted passage beginning “What language do the things of the world speak, that we might come to an understanding with them, contractually?”  (page 39) – PDF here

Rosi Braidotti – key thinker on posthumanities with a focus on both technological and ecological challenges/futures – The Posthuman (2013).  Spends some time discussing Guattari’s key book The Three Ecologies (below) – PDF here

Bruno Latour – hugely influential co-developer of Actor Network Theory and expounder of the ‘ecologicalisation of politics‘ – key early work We Have Never Been Modern (1993 English) – PDF here

Jane Bennett – very influential across a whole range of disciplines. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2010) – PDF here (opens a bit oddly but the text is fine if zoomed in on)

Isabelle Stengers – key philosopher of science and the history of science – In Catastrophic Times (2015 English translation 2009 French) – PDF here

Tim Ingold‘s – hugely influential UK Anthropologist – book Being Alive (2011) – PDF here

Felix Guattari’s – key book The Three Ecologies (published in French in 1989) is online as English translation (2000) – PDF here

Nigel Thrift‘s – pioneering UK geographer – key work Non-Representational Theory: Space | Politics | Affect  (2008)  – PDF here

Rachel Carson’s epoch defining book,  Silent Spring  (1962) – PDF here. I have asked many undergraduate students if they know of this book. A few do – most don’t – a sign that our education systems are failing to teach young people about THE ‘big issue’ of this time – the environmental crisis and its history.


“Developing the Environmental Humanities”

A collaborative work by filmmaker/video artist Peter Norrman, writer and researcher Steven Hartman (leader of NIES at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Uppsala University) and Swedish designer/director Anders Birgersson (founder of the Zoo People media collective).

In partnership with Sigtunastiftelsen, this installation was the first in a projected series that seeks to explore the environmental humanities as a scholarly domain of growing significance.

Scholars interviewed for this installation include the following ecocritics and historians of science, technology and environment (in their order of appearance in the film): James Fleming, Ursula Heise, Greg Garrard, Sarah Elkind, David Nye, Donald Worster and Hannes Bergthaller.

Search Engines

There are a number of services which allow for searching through all the full and free PDFs on the web. This one seems ok and can be filtered in various ways.


On the off-chance people are not fully aware of it… Google Scholar is very useful

PhDs online

More and more PhDs are being published, in full, on-line. These can be useful resources to check out and great for current PhD students to see what the finished article looks like.

One great resource is British Library EThOS

“Search over 400,000 doctoral theses. Download instantly for your research, or order a scanned copy quickly and easily.”

Some universities are publishing PhDs.


Living Planet Report (2014)

This is a “bottom line” thing for me – and currently pinned to the top of my Twitter feed.

WWF  Living Planet Report (2014)

“The Living Planet Index (LPI), which measures trends in thousands of vertebrate species populations, shows a decline of 52 per cent between 1970 and 2010 (Figure 2). In other words, the number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish across the globe is, on average, about half the size it was 40 years ago. This is a much bigger decrease than has been reported previously, as a result of a new methodology which aims to be more representative of global biodiversity.”

Summary Report

Full Report

The world, as our era’s living system (our configuration of Gaia), is literally dying around us. Or suffering ecocide. I am so shocked that this is not seen as THE issue (or set of issues) we face. Everything else that main stream media and politics fixate upon means nothing – because it will all be nothing  – probably quite soon.

And even if the science is a bit wrong – or quite wrong – the direction of travel is pretty obvious and very terrible.

This is a report on the Emergence of the Environmental Humanities commissioned by MISTRA: The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research

David E. Nye (Chair) University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Linda Rugg, University of California, Berkeley, USA
James Fleming, Colby College, USA
Robert Emmett, Rachel Carson Center, University of Munich, Germany

Mistra Environmental Humanities May 2013 PDF

State of the Discipline Report: Comparative Literature and the Environmental Humanities by Ursula K. Heise (2014).

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 



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