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Derek Gladwin

Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy Education
University of British Columbia

Explores transformations in society and culture through environmental humanities and arts-based education.


My interdisciplinary research and teaching explore transformations in society and culture through environmental literacy and sustainability education. Focusing on humanities and arts-based education, I address creative and critical approaches to multimodal networks of cultural, film, literary, musical, and media literacies. Other areas of expertise include writing studies, rhetoric, and distance learning education, as well as food literacy and social justice.

My research and teaching ultimately aim to produce transdisciplinary conversations among education and other critical fields of study – ecology, geography, humanities, and the arts – by drawing on various methodologies to expand our thinking about environmental literacy and sustainability education through narrative, language, and representation in society and culture. Current projects include a book about environmental literacy futures; an edited volume about energy literacy and culture; and a project with Canadian secondary and university students about future energy systems.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Environmental and energy literacy; sustainability education; social and spatial justice; environmental humanities and arts; food literacy; media and digital literacy; cultural, literary, and film studies; writing studies and rhetoric; online education (distance learning); secondary and higher education; international education; interdisciplinary education.



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Irish Studies Review

Navigating Irish ecocriticism: Eamonn Wall's Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions

Published: Jul 24, 2012 by Irish Studies Review
Authors: Derek Gladwin
Subjects: Literature, Area Studies, Environment and Sustainability

Navigating Irish ecocriticism

Irish Studies Review

Staging the trauma of the bog in Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats …

Published: Dec 02, 2011 by Irish Studies Review
Authors: Derek Gladwin
Subjects: Literature, Area Studies, Environment and Sustainability, Gender & Intersectionality Studies

My essay offers a detailed look into the history of Irish boglands from an ecocritical point of view, and argues that these landscapes are not peripheral, but actually central to Irish studies and the environments in which Irish literature unfolds.


Is Global Climate Action Trumped?

Published: Feb 17, 2017

The Environmental Humanities Initiative held a roundtable discussion open to members of the public entitled "Is Global Climate Action Trumped?" at Trinity College Dublin. The inter-disciplinary panel featured: Eamon Ryan, Irish Green Party TD; Dr Nessa Cronin, Lecturer at NUI Galway; Dr Benjamin Gearey, Lecturer at University College Cork; Dr Constantine Boussailis, Assistant Prof. at Trinity College Dublin; Dr Derek Gladwin, Flaherty Visiting Scholar, Trinity College Dublin