Dr. Greg Garrard

Dr. Greg Garrard
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 391, 3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T: 250-863-2822
E: greg.garrard@ubc.ca

Greg Garrard Photo 2016



Greg Garrard is the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Sustainability Professor in literary studies. He is the author of Ecocriticism (Routledge 2004, 2011 2nd edn) as well as numerous essays on eco-pedagogy, animal studies and environmental criticism. He is editor of Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies (Palgrave 2011) and The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism (OUP 2014), and co-editor of Environmental Cultures, a book series from Bloomsbury Academic Press. His co-authored book, Climate Change Scepticism: A Transnational Ecocritical Analysis, is published by Bloomsbury Academic in February 2019.


Greg would be interested in supervising undergraduate and graduate research in environmental criticism and theory; critical animal studies; environmental education; literature and science (especially biology and scientific psychology); and contemporary British literature. Possible future directions for his research and supervision include:


  • Canadian literature and ecocriticism
  • Conservative environmentalisms and anti-environmentalist cultures
  • Cetacean cultures/cetaceans in culture
  • Climate fictions
  • Zoophile literature
  • Environmental misanthropy



Greg is one of the best-known figures in environmental criticism worldwide. His Ecocriticism (Routledge 2004, 2011), the most widely used introduction to the field, has been translated into Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Turkish, and - in an unofficial Taiwanese edition – Mandarin Chinese, and he has given keynote lectures across Asia, Europe and North America. The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, which includes 36 specially commissioned essays, is the biggest single-volume collection yet published in the field. Environmental Cultures currently has 13 titles in print.


Greg’s interests are somewhat ungovernable: his page on academia.edu collects essays on rhododendrons and Romantic poetry; climate scepticism; Seamus Heaney, Heidegger and Nazism; air travel in climate change fiction; radical Canadian cinema, Werner Herzog and Wall-E; Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Derek Jarman, eco-pedagogy and feral dogs.



In 2006, Greg was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the highest award for university teaching in the UK. Two years later, he won the coveted ‘Best Dressed Lecturer’ award at Bath Spa University. In 2018, he was included on UBC’s Honour Roll for Teaching thanks to the excellent feedback he received from students. Since 2013, he has taught ‘Dog Tales’, ‘Climate Fiction’, ‘Anthropocene Culture’, ‘Writing Pollution’, ‘Canadian Environmental Writing’, ‘Reading Animals’ and ‘Bestial Passions’, a course on zoophile literature.


Greg has also taught a three week residential course, ‘In Pursuit of the Whale’, at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre in 2016 and 2018. Students combine traditional classroom discussion of literature with place-based learning, including whale-watching, hiking in the rainforest, and touring Kiixin, an abandoned Huu-Aye-Aht whaling village




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