Dr Anna Pigott

Honorary Lecturer, Science and Engineering

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I am a lecturer in Human Geography at Swansea University, and have been a fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2023. I currently lead the ‘Changing Ourselves and Our University’ research theme for the Climate Action Research Institute of Swansea University.

I have a broad training as both an environmental scientist and, more recently, a human geographer. Through my PhD and postdoctoral work I specialised in the intersections between the climate/ecological crises, creativity (with particular interest in ‘everyday’ creativities), and stories, helping to develop new frameworks and imaginaries for responding to these crises in more just and careful ways. I recently co-edited the book ‘Art and Creativity in an Era of Ecocide’ (Bloomsbury 2023). A central strand of my work relates to bringing ecological sensibilities, care, and creativity into the classroom, and contributing to the wider question of how universities should and could transform to be leaders in cultivating the practical and emotional intelligence for the climate and ecological crises.

Outside of my teaching and research commitments, I am a regular contributor to public media on the subject of the climate crisis, activism, and education, and have written recently for Times Higher Education, The Conversation, Open Democracy, and Environmental Politics.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Environment/climate change and society
  • Environmental justice
  • Social theory
  • Cultural geographies
  • Stories and narrative
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental art and creativity
  • Higher education and the climate crisis
  • Ecological distress

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

My main teaching responsibilities are currently divided between co-ordinating the third year dissertation module (GEG331/2) and a second year module on the Geographies of Climate Action and Activism (GEG273). I also contribute to Masters modules on Climate Science and Policy, Qualitative Research Methods, and Climate Change: Past, Present and Future. I am a tutor to 1st year and 2nd year undergraduate students, and supervise one PhD student.

I was awarded fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2023 and I actively engage with issues of colonialism, racism, environmental justice, and ecological distress as part of my teaching.

I have also given guest lectures for undergraduate and masters students at the University of Wales Trinity St Davids and the College of the Atlantic in Maine, USA.

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