Biography

Dr. Derek Gladwin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language & Literacy Education (Faculty of Education) at the University of British Columbia. He is also a Sustainability Fellow at the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability and an affiliate faculty member in the Masters of Arts in Children’s Literature Program at UBC. His interdisciplinary research and teaching explore transitions in society and culture through environmental literacy and sustainability education, particularly in digital media literacy, visual culture, and literary education. He has previously held international visiting research fellowships in the environmental humanities at the National University of Ireland, Galway, University of Edinburgh, and Trinity College Dublin. He has authored and edited five books, including Ecological Exile (2018) and Contentious Terrains (2016), and is currently working on a monograph titled Energy Literacy: Narrating Transitions and Futures through Digital Storytelling.

Dr. Gladwin’s work aims to produce transdisciplinary conversations about education and other critical fields of study – particularly ecology, geography, humanities, and the arts – by examining environmental approaches through narrative, language, and representation in society and culture. Current projects include a book about energy literacy; an edited anthology on environmental humanities and sustainability education; a research project with Canadian secondary and university students about future energy systems; and a curriculum redesign of environmental humanities and sustainability education at UBC.

Selected Publications

Authored Books

Gladwin, D. (2016). Contentious Terrains: Boglands, Ireland, Postcolonial Gothic. Foreword by Claire Connolly. Cork, IRL: Cork University Press.

Edited Books

Gladwin, D., ed. (forthcoming 2019). Gastro-Modernism: Food, Literature, Culture. Clemson and Liverpool: Clemson University Press and Liverpool University Press.

Gladwin, D. and Cusick, C., eds. (2016). Unfolding Irish Landscapes: Tim Robinson, Culture, and Environment. Foreword by Robert Macfarlane. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Brazeau, R. and Gladwin, D., eds. (2014). Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce. Foreword by Anne Fogarty. Cork, IRL: Cork University Press.

Edited Journal Issues

Gladwin, D. and O’Connor, M., eds. (2017). Irish Environmental Humanities. Spec. issue of Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 40.

Articles and Book Chapters
Gladwin, D. (forthcoming 2019). "Introducing Le Menu: Consuming Modernist Food Studies" In Gastro-Modernism: Food, Literature, Culture, edited by D. Gladwin. Clemson and Liverpool: Clemson University Press and Liverpool University Press.

Gladwin, D. (forthcoming 2019). “Ecological and Social Awareness in Place-Based Stories.” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 41.1.

Gladwin, D. (2017). “Ecocriticism.” Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory. Ed. Eugene O’Brien. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gladwin, D. and O’Connor, M. (2017). “Environmental Humanities and Irish Studies.” Irish Environmental Humanities. Spec. issue of Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 40: 39-49.

Gladwin, D. and Cusick, C. (2016). “Ireland’s ‘ABC of Earth Wonders’.” In Unfolding Irish Landscapes: Tim Robinson, Culture, and Environment, edited by D. Gladwin and C. Cusick, 1-18. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Gladwin, D. (2016). “Documentary Map-making and Film-making in Pat Collins’s Tim Robinson: Connemara.” In Unfolding Irish Landscapes: Tim Robinson, Culture and Environment, edited by D. Gladwin and C. Cusick, 73-86. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Gladwin, D. (2016). “Ecocritical and Geocritical Conjunctions in North Atlantic Environmental Multimedia and Place-Based Poetry.” In Ecocriticism and Geocriticism: Overlapping Territories in Environmental and Spatial Literary Studies, edited by R. T. Tally Jr. and C. Battista, 37-54. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Brazeau, R. and Gladwin, D. (2014). “James Joyce and Ecocriticism.” In Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce, edited by R. Brazeau and D. Gladwin, 1-17. Cork, IRL: Cork University Press.

Gladwin, D. (2014). “Joyce the Travel Writer: Space, Place, and the Environment in James Joyce’s Nonfiction.” In Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce, edited by R. Brazeau and D. Gladwin, 176-194. Cork, IRL: Cork University Press.

Gladwin, D. (2014). “Thirdspace in Willie Doherty’s Photo-text Diptychs of Northern Ireland.” Visual Culture in Britain 15.1: 1-19.

Gladwin, D. (2014). “The Bog Gothic: Bram Stoker’s ‘Carpet of Death’ and Ireland’s Horrible Beauty.” EcoGothic. Spec. issue of Gothic Studies 16.1: 39-54.

Gladwin, D. (2014). “The Literary Cartographic Impulse: Imaginative Island Topographies in Ireland and Newfoundland.” Text and Beyond Text: New Visual, Material, and Spatial Perspectives in Irish Studies. Spec. issue of Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 38.1-2:158-183.

Gladwin, D. (2013). “Gendered Troubles on Screen: Reproducing Nationalism in Mike Leigh’s Four Days in July.” In Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh, edited by M. DiPaolo and B. Cardinale-Powell, 251-275. New York: Bloomsbury.

Gladwin, D. (2012). “No Country for Young Men: Chinese Modernity, Displacement, and Initiatory Ritual in Chinese Sixth Generation Cinema.” Asian Cinema 23.1: 31-44.

Gladwin, D. (2012). “Navigating Irish Ecocriticism: Eamonn Wall’s Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions.” Irish Studies Review 20.3: 323-328.

Gladwin, D. (2011). “Staging the Trauma of the Bog in Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats….” Irish Studies Review 19.4: 387-400.

Gladwin, D. (2007). “The Steinbeckian Land Ethic: Environmentalism and The Red Pony.” The Steinbeck Review 4.1: 65-78.

Other Writings

Gladwin, D. (2017). “Valuing our Ecological Futures.” OUPblog: Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World, 5 Aug.

Gladwin, D. (2017). “The Ecological and Cultural Futures of Peatlands.” Trans-Disciplinary Conversations on Peatlands Blog, 10 June.

Awards

Sustainability Fellowship, Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, University of British Columbia (2018-2020)
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Waterloo (2017-2018)
Visiting Research Fellowship, Centre for Environmental Humanities, Trinity College Dublin (2017)
Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Prize, University of British Columbia (2016)
Visiting Research Fellowship in the Environmental Humanities, IASH, University of Edinburgh (2015)
Visiting Research Fellowship, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway (2015)
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia (2015-17)
Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal Award, University of Alberta (2014)
Vanier Canada Scholarship, University of Alberta (2011-2014)