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I am a creative writer of novels, memoir, essays and the author of other forms of professional writing such as video script, podcasts, journalism, organisational communications strategies, and commissioned reports.

As a theorist, I work in the fields of Critical Animal Studies, ecocriticism, cognitive aesthetics, and creaturely writing as part of a wider anti-speciesist exploration of language and creative production. My subject areas include plant-based food policy, veganism, hunting, activist praxis, environmental and animal protection, and narrative framing.

I previously worked as a journalist, editor and editorial manager across a number of national magazines and online services, particularly in the music and creative arts sector, and in development and environmental journalism. Recently, I was commissioned to produce a series of aural narratives that are also walks, engaging with climate emergencies and the Deep Adaptation agenda.

I have a Masters in Creative and Critical Writing from Sussex University and a PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. I’ve been teaching and lecturing since 2005.

Teaching and supervision

  • Creative Writing
  • The Business of Writing
  • Digital Writing
  • Environmental Writing
  • Climate Fiction
  • Animal Fiction
  • Journalism

Research interests for potential research students

I am interested in all forms of creative and critical writing that engage with questions of relations across human-nonhuman boundaries, anti-speciesist narratives, and the production of creative work in experimental and 'creatural' forms.

I am most interested in novel, memoir and essay forms, in any genre including literary fiction, sci-fi, cli-fi, and creative-critical hybrids.

I'm particularly interested in approaches that combine literary study with cognitive linguistics, cognitive poetics and other forms of narrative theory to explore the ways in which meaning is created through literary language and how this can help us shift our current exploitative relationships with other animals and the planet.

I am currently working on a book exploring what it means to bear witness, a critical/creative hybrid project with direct input into my teaching of narrative. Other areas of interest and current work include:

  • Nature writing through a vegan lens
  • Animals, language, creativity
  • Climate fiction and climate essays
  • Vegan lifestyles in/as writing
  • Crafts of creatural writing
  • Hybrid forms of memoir
  • Masculinity, mental health and food

    I toured the UK with my 'How to Turn a Man Vegan in 45 Minutes' presentation which has shown at festivals in Edinburgh, London, Nottingham – Vegan Campout Festival, Gateshead, Belfast, Bristol, Brighton and the University of Chester Festival of Diversity.


I am a member of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, with a full submission to REF2014 in UoA 36. Our research was identified as 65% world or international leading (4* or 3*) in the recent exercise.

My most recent funded project was as co-I on an AHRC Connected Communities project working with colleagues from Newcastle, Sheffield and Bristol: (R)agency? The lived practices of anger.

I am a member of the Vegan Society's Research Advisory Committee.

Research interests:
  • Critical animal studies; animal rights, suffering and injustice
  • Writing the animal
  • Emotions in culture and society
  • Writing production processes
  • Animal feelings (e.g. despair and denial of animal exploitation)
  • Environmental journalism practice and principles

Current research work:
  • Exploring relations between animals, identity and affect
  • Veganism, vegan practices, bearing witness to animal suffering
  • Ongoing interest in the processes of writing, especially in relation to animals

Academic awards and funding
  • AHRC Connected Communities: (R)agency? The Lived Practices of Anger; Co-Investigator on anger and injustices felt by creative practitioners. £35-£40k as part of four institution collaboration (2015)
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation Artworks Project; Co-Investigator on perceptions of participatory arts practice amongst creative writing academics: £7.5k as part of larger £247,000 project (2011-12)
  • ADM-HEA Education for Sustainable Development; Principle Investigator for ‘Sparking Sustainability’ to build sustainable teaching/learning into curriculum; £4,940 (2010-11)
  • ADM-HEA Education for Sustainable Development Fund: Founder and Convenor of the MeCCSA Climate Change, Environment and Sustainability Network; £3k (2010-11)
  • Winner of the Innovation in Teaching Award, University of Sunderland (2008-09)


Number of items: 35.


Lockwood, Alex (2019) What would inclusive journalism have felt like for the pig? Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, 8 (1). pp. 25-43. ISSN 2001-0818

Lockwood, Alex (2018) Bodily Encounter, Bearing Witness and the Engaged Activism of the Global Save Movement. Animal Studies Journal, 7 (1). pp. 104-126. ISSN 2201-3008

Lockwood, Alex (2017) The Save Movement, Empathy and Activism. Animal Studies Journal, 7 (1). pp. 104-126. ISSN 2201-3008

Lockwood, Alex (2016) Graphs of Grief and Other Green Feelings: the uses of affect in the study of environmental communication. Environmental Communication. ISSN 1752-4040

Lockwood, Alex (2014) Depression: A Public Feeling (Review). Culture Machine, 2014 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 1465-4121

Lockwood, Alex (2012) Cruel Optimism (Review). Culture Machine. ISSN 1465-4121

Lockwood, Alex (2012) ‘The Affective Legacy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring’. Environmental Humanities, 1 (1). pp. 123-140. ISSN 2201-1919

Lockwood, Alex (2011) Seeding Doubt: How Sceptics have Used New Media to Delay Action on Climate Change. Geopolitics, History and International Relations 2.

Book Section

Lockwood, Alex (2021) A “useful uselessness”: vegan geographies of bearing witness at the slaughterhouse gates. In: Vegan Geographies. Lantern Books, New York. (In Press)

Lockwood, Alex (2021) Loops. In: Songs of Place and Time. Cornerhouse Publications, Manchester. ISBN 9780993219290

Lockwood, Alex (2021) Vegan Studies and Gender Studies. In: The Routledge Handbook of Vegan Studies. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780367897468

Lockwood, Alex (2021) Objects of Virtue. In: Art and Animals. UNSPECIFIED, Stockholm. (In Press)

Lockwood, Alex (2019) H is for Hypocrite: reading 'New Nature Writing' through the lens of vegan theory. In: Through a Vegan Studies Lens: Textual Ethics and Lived Activism (Cultural Ecologies of Food). University of Nevada Press, Nevada, pp. 205-222. ISBN 9781948908108

Lockwood, Alex (2017) The Collaborative Craft of Creatural Writing. In: Beyond the Human-Animal Divide Creaturely Lives in Literature and Culture. Palsgrave McMillan, London. ISBN 9781137603098

Lockwood, Alex (2017) “With a hope to change things”: an exploration of the craft of writing about animals with the founders of Zoomorphic magazine. In: Writing for Animals: New perspectives for writers and instructors to educate and inspire. Ashland Creek Press, Ashland Creek. ISBN 9781618220585

Lockwood, Alex (2013) ‘Affecting Environments: Mobilising Emotions and Twitter in the UK Save Our Forests Campaign’. In: Environmental Conflict and the Media. Environmental Crisis and the Media . Peter Lang, New York.

Lockwood, Alex (2012) ‘Recruiting the Imagination: the Environmental Literary Journalism of Rachel Carson’. In: Global Literary Journalism. Northwestern University Press, Chicago, pp. 338-351.

Lockwood, Alex (2012) The Shore is not a Beach. In: Land and Identity: Theory, Memory, and Practice. Spatial Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series in Cultural History, Geography and Literature (13). Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 259-281. ISBN 978-90-420-3460-0

Lockwood, Alex, Mitchell, Caroline and Evi, Karasanathanapolou (2011) ‘Sparking Sustainability: an example from media practice’. In: Teaching Sustainability, Teaching Sustainably. Stylus, Grand Valley State. ISBN 978-1579227395

Lockwood, Alex (2009) Preparations for a Post-Kyoto Media Coverage of UK Climate Policy. In: Climate Change and the Media. Global Crises and the Media (Vol 5). Peter Lang, New York, pp. 186-199. ISBN 978-1-4331-0460-2

Conference or Workshop Item

Lockwood, Alex (2012) Wrong Turnings. In: Affective Landscapes Conference, 25th-26th May, 2012, University of Derby. (Unpublished)

Lockwood, Alex (2011) ‘Media, Politics and the Save Our Forests Campaign’. In: Environmental Politics and Conflict in an Age of Digital Media, 17-18 November, 2011, Tasmania, University of Tasmania.

Lockwood, Alex (2011) Archives of Green Feeling. In: Spectacular Environments Symposium, 7th-9th July, 2011, Kings College, London. (Unpublished)

Lockwood, Alex (2011) ‘Affecting Environments and critical theory’. In: New Climes: Critical Theory, Environmentalism, and Climate Change, 13th-14th June, 2011, University of Exeter, Falmouth Campus. (Unpublished)

Lockwood, Alex (2011) ‘Affecting Environments: emotional experiences between media and place in the Save Our Forests campaign’. In: Mediating Environmental Change Conference, 3rd-4th March, 2011, Bournemouth University. (Unpublished)

Lockwood, Alex (2010) Culture and Climate Change: Media Responses. In: Culture and Climate Change Symposium at Bath Spa.

Lockwood, Alex (2010) The Affective Response of Literature in the Long-Form Journalism of Climate Change. In: Conference: International Association of Literary Journalism Studies.

Lockwood, Alex (2009) The Shore is not a Beach. In: Presented to the Land and Identity Symposium, Derby University, 16th May 2009.

Lockwood, Alex (2009) Preparations for a post-Kyoto press coverage of climate change policy. In: Presented to MeCCSA annual conference, 16th January 2009, University of Bradford..

Lockwood, Alex (2008) Seeding Doubt: how sceptics use new media to delay action on climate change. In: Presented to the Association of Journalism Education, annual conference, Bradford, September 2008.


Lockwood, Alex (2019) The Chernobyl Privileges. John Hunt Publishing, UK. ISBN 9781785358722

Lockwood, Alex (2016) The Pig in Thin Air: An Identification. {Bio}graphies . Lantern Books, New York, New York. ISBN 9781590565353


Lockwood, Alex (2020) [Review] Paula Acari. Making Sense of ‘Food’ Animals: A Critical Exploration of the Persistence of Meat. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 356 pp. Animal Studies Journal.

Lockwood, Alex (2019) Creative writing and global animal protection [Creative writing collection]. UNSPECIFIED.

Lockwood, Alex (2017) Shift and Signal. New Bridge Project.

This list was generated on Fri May 14 02:25:06 2021 BST.
  • Veganism
  • Veganism and masculinity
  • Critical animal studies
  • Writing about animals
  • Creative writing
  • Animal journalism

Last updated 10 May 2021

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