Keynote Speakers

Dr Adeline Johns-Putra

Adeline Johns-PutraDr Adeline Johns-Putra is Reader in English Literature and English Subject Leader at the University of Surrey. Her research interests are in ecocriticism and Romanticism and she was president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland, from 2011 to 2015.

Professor Duncan French

18b5eb36aea883485219d73398ed8201-bpfullProfessor Duncan French, Head of the Lincoln Law School, is a leading academic on international environmental law and the international legal implications of sustainable development. He has written extensively in these areas, as well as writing generally on both broader questions of public international law (eg. treaty interpretation), international economic and investment law and the interaction between international law and European Union law. He has secondary research interests in international law of the sea and Antarctica.

Professor Kate Rigby

kate-rigbyProfessor Kate Rigby  held a Professorship of  Environmental Humanities at Monash University Australia, with particular expertise in ecocriticism, ecophilosophy, and ecotheology. In 2016 she will take up the same post at Bath Spa University.

Her recent research in the Environmental Humanities is informed by a strong interest in ecocriticism, ecophilosophy and ecotheology. She is senior co-editor, with Freya Mathews, of the ecological humanities journal, PAN (Philosophy Activism Nature) and was the founding President of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture-Australia-New Zealand ( between 2004 and 2008.

Her book, Dancing with Disaster: Environmental Histories, Narratives, and Ethics for Perilous Times was published in January 2015 by the University of Virginia Press.