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Dr Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Associate Professor

Department: Humanities

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Elizabeth-Jane is a writer and academic. Her research is situated in the environmental humanities and chiefly explores how contemporary creative writing responds to environmental issues. She produces creative and critical outputs, including books of creative-non-fiction in nature writing and memoir, poetry, performance and hybrid works, as well as literary critical monographs, articles and edited collections. She often works collaboratively and in the interdisciplinary fields of writing, the visual arts, science, history and environmentalism. She curates exhibitions, leads creative workshops and is presently researching wetland environments.

Elizabeth-Jane read English at Oxford and holds an MA in Poetic Practice and PhD in Contemporary Poetics from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has a PgCert in Learning and Teaching and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

The nature writing memoir The Grassling, A Geological Memoir (2019) was a winner of the Penguin Random House WriteNow award and the poetry collection Swims (2017) was a Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year.

Key Publications

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  • Edge of the miraculous: Lessons from a lifetime of travel, Burnett, E. 20 Mar 2020
  • 20 inclusive, diverse books for your summer reading list, Burnett, E., Lovegrove, S., Bergstrom, A., Angelini, F. 9 Jun 2019
  • Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Ian Maleney on soil, family and loss: The Guardian Books Podcast, Burnett, E., Maleney, I., Lea, R., Armistead, C. 19 Apr 2019
  • ‘I launch naked into the unknown’: writers on the joy of wild swimming, Burnett, E., Hoare, P., Liprot, A., Edwards, R., Pitts, J., Freud, E. 10 Aug 2019
  • Insects and Language, Burnett, E., Mcmillan, I., Burns, W., Peel, H., Drummond, R., Jones, R., Schmidt, M. 3 May 2019
  • Rivering, Burnett, E. 1 Jul 2019
  • The Essay: From the Source - Swimming the Avon, Burnett, E., Barraclough, E. 17 May 2019
  • The Folds of the Fields: A Performative Collaboration in the South of England, Burnett, E., Thomas, R. 5 Aug 2019, In: Green Letters
  • The Grassling: A Geological Memoir, Burnett, E. 28 Mar 2019
  • To every thing there is a season: An ode to spring by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Burnett, E. 21 Feb 2019


  • Teaching & Learning PGCert August 31 2016
  • Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy SFHEA

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