Alexandra Campbell

alexandra campbell

Dr Alexandra Campbell

Lecturer in English Literature


Dr Campbell is a Lecturer in English Literature at Edinburgh Napier University. She joined Napier from the University of Edinburgh where she previously held a position as an Early Career Research and Teaching Fellow in the department of English Literature (2018-2019). Prior to this she worked as a Lecturer in English Literature at Bath Spa University (2017-8).

Her research emerges at the intersection of the environmental humanities, the energy humanities and the nascent field of the blue humanities. She is currently working on her first monograph 'Hydropoetics: Waste Frontiers and the World Ocean' which examines the ways in which contemporary poetry metabolises the twinned crises of oceanic ecosystem decline and social injustice. Engaging contemporary poetry from Guam, Hawai'i, the Marshall Islands, Canada and the USA the project seeks to identify a 'hydropoetic' mode of writing, one that harnesses the ocean's inherently relational properties ad multispecies histories as a resource for the production of anticolonial futures that privilege practices of community sovereignty, environmental resilience, and marine justice.

She is the co-founder of the recently established Blue Humanities Network (BHN) and is currently co-editing a special issue of 'Humanities' on the theme of 'World Literature and the Blue Humanities' . Working with her colleague Dr Michael Paye (Warwick University) she is currently Principal Investigator on the RSE funded research project 'World/Water Futures' which examines the role of arts and humanities perspectives in generating and supporting 'sustainable', 'resilient' and 'just' marine futures.

She has published and forthcoming articles in The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Humanities, Études Écossaises and Anglistik, and book chapters in the Bloomsbury Contemporary Critical Perspectives on John Burnside, and the edited collection 'The Politics of Space and Place in Scottish Literature' with a forthcoming chapter on 'Marine Energy' in the 'Routledge Handbook of the Energy Humanities' (2021).

Dr Campbell welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in pursuing research on topics relating to: modern & contemporary literature, ecopoetics, postcolonial ecocriticism, waste cultures, petroculture & the energy humanities, water & blue humanities, environmental justice.


Fellowships and Awards

  • FHEA