My primary research interest is the application of ecocritical methodology to the Hebrew Bible.
Supervisor: Professor Hugh Pyper
I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Environmental Science and in the following years developed an interest in biblical studies, leading me to take an MA in Biblical Interpretation at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. My MA dissertation explored the depiction of garden and wilderness in the Eden narrative (Gen 2:4b-3:24) using ecocritical methodology and I was honoured to be awarded the Bishop Ollivant Memorial Prize for Hebrew for this study.
In 2015 I was awarded a SIIBS scholarship to undertake my PhD project which is provisionally entitled Trees and Text: A material ecocritical exploration of the Eden narrative. My research explores two concepts consistent with material ecocritical theory and applies them to the Eden narrative where I am examining: (1) the materiality of the trees in the garden of Yhwh, their physical form and the manner in which they 'intra-act' with both humans and the surrounding environment of the garden. (2) The manner in which different forms of the text, for example scrolls, codices, contemporary Bibles, electronic forms, connect the reader to the natural world in different ways and influence how the text is interpreted.
I am currently seeking publication for my MA thesis and will be presenting various papers in the coming year; I will make my work available online, subject to copyright issues.