The issue of climate change and environmental transformation is clearly one of the most significant challenges we face today. What is at stake in the ecological crises of the 21st century that raises specific questions and areas of concern for the arts, humanities, and cultural production? Who and what suffers or benefits from these crises and through what legal, economic, and political structures? How can we represent and narrate multi-scalar and multi-temporal phenomena to plan for and respond to uncertain futures? An era looms for which we have no clear template, but in which we strive for experimental propositions. 

The CRITICAL ECOLOGIES research stream formalises connections between existing areas of research and practice by bringing together established environment-focused initiatives from across Visual Cultures/Research Architecture; Anthropology; Art; Design; Sociology; Media, Communications and Cultural Studies; and English and Creative Writing to develop collaborations, funding bids, and curricula. Our core aspiration is to evolve new academic platforms capable of shaping public debate.


Wood Roberdeau, Visual Cultures
SENSS Lead: Sustainability and Climate Emergency

Homepage image credit: Rehana Zaman, Your Ecstatic Self, 2019

Louise Ashcroft, Art
James Burton, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Rick Crownshaw, English and Creative Writing
Ifor Duncan, Visual Cultures/Research Architecture
Matthew Fuller, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Ros Gray, Art
Ayesha Hameed, Visual Cultures
Graham Harwood, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Carolyn Kirschner, Design
Mariam Motamedi-Fraser, Sociology
Nirmal Puwar, Sociology
Julia Sauma, Anthropology
Martin Savransky, Sociology
Susan Schuppli, Research Architecture
Jol Thoms, Art
Lynn Turner, Visual Cultures
Tuur Van Balen, Design
Pauline von Hellerman, Anthropology
Lenka Vráblíková, Art and Visual Cultures
Nicole Wolf, Visual Cultures


Goldsmiths, University of London
8 Lewisham Way, New Cross
London, United Kingdom