Dr Anna Pigott

Dr Anna Pigott

Lecturer, Geography

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

I am a lecturer in Human Geography, having recently completed an ESRC Early Career Fellowship at Swansea University. I have a PhD in Human Geography (Swansea University, 2018), an MSc in Environmental Dynamics and Climate Change (Swansea University, 2012, Distinction), and a BA in Geography (Cambridge University, 2007, First Class Honours).

I am interested in the intersections between cultural geography, ecology, and climate, an approach which aligns with the aims of the Environmental Humanities (EH). The EH is an emerging field of scholarship that is engaging with fundamental questions of meaning, value, responsibility, and purpose in a time of rapid environmental change, and which draws on insights from arts and humanities to help grasp and respond to this change. I am particularly interested in the relationships between humans and the more-than-human world, and how these relationships are shaped by stories and narratives. In this vein, my current research is focusing on practices of tree-planting for carbon-sequestration.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Environment/climate change and society
  • Environmental justice
  • Social theory
  • Cultural geographies
  • Stories and narrative
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental art and creativity

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I am currently developing a new second year module on the Geographies of Climate Action and Activism. I have taught and assisted across a wide range of human and physical geography modules, including social research methods, climate change, social theory, and foundations in human geography. My particular interests and expertise are at the intersection between human geography and environment.

Research

Environmental imaginaries

My PhD research (entitled ‘Imagining socioecological transformation: An analysis of the Welsh Government's policy innovations and orientations to the future’) focused on how human-environment relations are imagined, and how they might be imagined otherwise. The context for this research was the Welsh government's pioneering approach to sustainability (the Well Being of Future Generations Act came into force in April 2016), and I also carried out participatory research with a range of other ‘change-makers’ in Wales, from Community Supported Agriculture Schemes, to Arts projects.

Art, creativity, and storytelling

During my ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship I built on my PhD research in order to think more broadly about how human-environment relations are imagined, and possibilities for how they might be imagined otherwise. In particular, I extended my work on the roles of art and storytelling and how these relate to novel forms of response to environmental crises. This included an interest in the new climate movements (for example, Extinction Rebellion), and the kinds of stories and imaginaries of social change associated with them.

More-than-human relationships

I am currently developing a new research project to explore the ways in which trees are enrolled in the climate crisis. I am particularly interested in mass planting projects, and the kinds of ‘tree cultures’ associated with these – for example, how trees are being narrated, imagined, and related to amidst concerted efforts to avert catastrophic climate change. These reconfigurations of human-tree relations may teach us something about how human relationships with the more-than-human world are changing more generally.

Award Highlights
  • October 2018 Awarded an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship (value of grant £122,000)
  •  February 2016 Awarded a competitive grant from the Wales ESRC DTC (£4000) to undertake an Overseas Institional Visit at the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, Arizona State University, USA (Three months)
  • June 2015 Awarded a grant (£700) from the Waterloo Foundation to present a paper at the Nordic Geographers Meet 2015
  • February 2014 Awarded first prize for poster presentation of PhD research in Swansea University's Academic Poster Competition
  • October 2012 Highly Commended MSc thesis 'Visiting the National Botanic Garden of Wales: inspiration for 'greener' living?'
  • July 2007 Awarded William Vaughan Lewis prize for outstanding undergraduate dissertation 'Recent Ground Deformation at Mt Etna Volcano'
Collaborations

I am currently co-editing a book entitled ‘Rethinking creativity in an era of ecocide’ (Emerald Publishers, due 2021) with Professor Owain Jones and Dr Ben Parry (Bath Spa University)