Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Reader in Environmental Humanities, University of Kent

I work at the University of Kent, where I am Reader in English and Environmental Humanities. I won the university's 'Best Teacher' award in 2015 and am currently a Faculty Prize holder, also for teaching. I'm also a writer. I have published lots of academic articles, a couple of books, and have written for the BBC. My work has appeared in The Guardian, The Literary Review, The Telegraph, The Big Issue, The Independent, The I, Mail Online, The Washington Post, The New Zealand Herald, The World Economic Forum, Sky News, and others.

My Second book, a study of running, nature and modern life is called "Footnotes: How Running Makes us Human". It is published by Ebury, Penguin RH. Research for it has been supported by Arts Council England and the University of Kent. The book is very loosely based on my blog (www.psychojography.com). I am also interested in nineteenth-century literature (especially Hardy and Dickens), landscape, science and nature writing. I'm represented by GMC literary agency.


  • 2016–present
    Reader, University of Kent
  • 2014–2016
    Senior lecturer, University of Kent


  • 2003 
    University of Sussex, PhD


  • 2016
    Footnotes: how running makes us human,
  • 2013
    Discovering Gilgamesh,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Fund for the Arts
    Funding Source:
    Arts Council England