Hannah Boast

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I joined University of Edinburgh as Chancellor's Fellow in June 2023. I was previously Lecturer/Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow at University College Dublin, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at University of Warwick, and Teaching Fellow in Contemporary and Postcolonial Literature at University of Birmingham. I have also taught at University of York. In 2022, I held a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science short-term fellowship at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo.

My research is situated in the Environmental Humanities. I primarily write about water in modern and contemporary world literature. I am interested in literary representations of water crisis, water infrastructure and technology, water and the state, water justice, and alternative hydro-social futures. I also have interests in animal studies and food studies.

My work has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the British Academy-Royal Irish Academy Knowledge Frontiers programme, the White Rose Universities Consortium, and competitive internal funding schemes at UCD and University of York.

I am Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Humanities. I am also co-convenor of the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network, and an affiliate of the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH).

Education/Academic qualification

English Literature, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Hydrofictions: Water, Power and Politics in Israeli and Palestinian Literature, University of York

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Cultures of Empire, Resistance and Postcoloniality, Master of Arts, University of York

Award Date: 1 Feb 2010

English Studies and Philosophy Jt Hons, Bachelor of Arts, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 1 Jun 2009

External positions

Ad Astra Fellow and Assistant Professor, University College Dublin

1 Sept 202031 May 2023

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Warwick

1 Sept 201931 Aug 2020

Teaching Fellow in Contemporary and Postcolonial Literature, University of Birmingham

1 Sept 201631 Aug 2019

Associate Tutor, University of York

1 Sept 201230 May 2016


  • PR English literature
  • G Geography (General)
  • PN0080 Criticism

College Research Themes

  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Future Cities


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