Isabel Galleymore


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I would be interested in proposals regarding ecopoetics, environmental writing, and interdisciplinary practice.


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Personal profile


My first poetry collection, Significant Other (Carcanet), won the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize in 2020 and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize. My poetry and criticism have featured widely in magazines such as PoetryPoetry Review and the London Review of Books. My poetry pamphlet, Cyanic Pollens, was published in 2020 and is an account of time as poet-in-residence at the Tambopata Research Centre in the Amazon rainforest in 2016. My academic monograph, Teaching Environmental Writing: Ecocritical Pedagogy and Poetics, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2020. I held the position of Walter Jackson Bate Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study 2022-23. 

Previous to my post at the University of Birmingham, I have taught English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Exeter and the University of Reading. I was awarded a PGCert in Higher Education with Distinction in 2019. 

Research interests

I am a poet and critic publishing on contemporary poetry, environmental writing and ecocriticism, with a focus on interdisciplinarity. Critical works of mine have focused on metaphor, anthropomorphism and comedy with regard to environmental theory and literature. My current creative-critical research is interested in posthumanism, empathy and the methodologies used by environmental psychology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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