Dr Alexandra Campbell

Early Career Research and Teaching Fellow

  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details



David Hume Tower
George Square

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  • Office Hour: Thursdays 13:00-14:00 DHT 4.15 (please email for an appointment)


Dr Campbell completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Comparative Studies in 2011 at the University of Warwick, and her MA in English Literature and Comparative studies  the following year. After completing her doctorate at the University of Glasgow in 2017 she worked as a Lecturer in English at Bath Spa University, specialising in 'Literature and the Environment'. She joined The University of Edinburgh in 2018 as an Early Career Research and Teaching Fellow.

Undergraduate teaching

  • English Literature 1 
  • English Literature 2 
  • Edinburgh in Fiction/Fiction in Edinburgh 
  • The Black Atlantic 
  • Fairy Tales 

Postgraduate teaching

  • Fairy Tales 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My research arises at the intersection of several critical discourses including critical ocean studies, the environmental humanities and world literature perspectives. I am particularly interested in ecologies and poetries of the sea and am currently working on my first monograph, provisionally titled 'Hydropoetics: World Literatue, World-Ecology, and the Techno-Ocean'. Focusing on the technologies and ecologies of offshore oil extraction, plastic pollution, containerisation & transoceanic shipping, and submarine telecommunication systems this project examines how experimental poetics emerging from Nigeria, Guam, the Caribbean and the wider North Atlantic metabolises not only socio-economic conditions of inequality and injustice, but also global transformations in ocean ecology.

. My broader research and teaching interests include contemporary ecopoetry; the blue humanities; archipleagic and transatlantic studies; world literature and postcolonial ecocritical perspectives; petroculture and the energy humanities; with a growing interest in speculative fiction and ‘cli-fi’.

I have published and forthcoming articles in The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Humanities, Études Écossaises and Anglistik, and have book chapters in the forthcoming Bloomsbury Contemporary Critical Perspectives on John Burnside, and the Palgrave MacMillan edited collection 'The Politics of Space and Place in Scottish Literature'.