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Dr Rosamund Portus

Last modified: April 23, 2024
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Lecturer in Environmental Management
University of the West of England
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The sector(s) I work in: Academic


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About the organisation(s) I've worked for

Organisation name:

University of the West of England

About my experience and expertise

Personal statement:

I am a lecturer in Environmental Management at UWE Bristol with a background in social anthropology. I have signficant experience working in interdisciplinary teams, and have a particular interest in using both narrative and ethnographic approaches. My PhD considered the social and cultural dimensions of the decline of bee populations, contributing to work in the field of extinction studies. Other key areas of interests include environmental emotions, communication, storytelling and education, and children and young people. Complementing my academic pursuits, I have a keen interest in public engagement work and actively look for opportunities to work with communities.

Key topic areas of research or interest:

My research interests span a number of areas, including extinction studies, environmental emotions, communicaton and education, and the lives of children and young people. I am attached to a number of projects which cover these areas of research. For example, I am currently an ACCESS Flex Fund Fellow leading on a project examining environmental education strategies:

Other projects I am linked to include:

Challenging the Climate Crisis: Children’s Agency to Tackle Policy Underpinned by Learning for Transformation:

Reading for Climate:

Nature Connections and Parental Perspectives:

Further updates and project links can be found here:

Collaboration opportunities:

As a social scientist, I aim to connect with both science and arts scholars working across environmental studies. I am keen to work on bids which span my key areas of interest, as well as ones which take participatory approaches. I also work as a portrait artist and illustrator and am happy to take commissions.


Peer-reviewed or notable edited publications include:

Portus, R., Aarnio-Linnanvuori, E., Dillon, B., Fahy, F., Gopinath, D., Mansikka-Aho, A., Williams, S., Reilly, K. & McEwen, L. (2024) Exploring environmental value action gap and education research: a semi-systematic literature review, Environmental Education Research, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2024.2314060

Portus, R., Williams, S., Mansikka-aho, A., Reilly, K., Aarnio-Linnanvuori, E., de Vito, L., Dillon, B., Fahy, F., Gnecco, I., Palla, A., Sposito, S. and. McEwen, L. (2024 [Accepted]). Reflections on co-productive research in a youth-focused climate education project. Geographical Research.

Reilly, K., Dillon, B., Fahy, F., Phelan, D., Aarnio-Linnanvuori, E., De Vito, L., Gnecco, I., Gopinath, D., Holmes, A., Laggan, S., Mansikka-aho, A., Palla, A., Portus, R., Rissanen, R., Sposito, S., Williams, S. & McEwen, L. (2024). Learning from young people’s experiences of climate change education, Geography, 109(1), 44-48, DOI: 10.1080/00167487.2024.2297616

Portus, R. (2023). Rachel Carson – searching for wonder. In J. McKendrick (Ed.), Inspirationally Playful: People, papers and practices that have inspired play practitioners and researchers (23). The Child and Adolescent Health Research Group.

Portus, R. (2022). Performing Extinction Stories: Exploring Creative Responses to Bee Decline. Text and Performance Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/10462937.2022.2134583.

Portus, R. (2022). The Stories We Tell: Exploring the Folklore of Bees in an Age of Extinction. NiCHE Canada.

Williams, S and Portus, R. (2022). ‘Through their Eyes and Ears’: Creating New Knowledge for Climate Education through Co-productive Practices. Challenges for Environmental and Sustainability Education Research in Times of Climate Crisis.

Portus, R., Williams, S., Roberston, M., Preston, H., Reynolds, O., Griffiths, I., Pykett, E., Currie, M., Stranger, R. and McEwen, L. (2022). Co-production and Youth Action Partnerships: Introducing the ‘Challenging the Climate Crisis’ project. NAEE.

Portus, R. (2020). An Ecological Whodunit: The Story of Colony Collapse Disorder. Society and Animals. DOI: 10.1163/15685306-BJA10026.

Portus, R and McGinn, C. (2019). Bees, Extinction and Ambient Soundscapes: An Exploratory Environmental Communication Workshop. Humanities. 8 (3), 1-16. DOI: 10.3390/h8030153.

Portus, R. (2018). Resistance and Rewilding: The Return of Beavers to Knapdale Forest. Acardia. DOI: 10.5282/rcc/8317

Portus, R. (2018). Where are the Bees Now? Exploring Loss in an Age of Extinction. The Dark Mountain Project.

Portus, R. (2018). The Heart of the Ecosystem: Taking Responsibility for the Extinction of Bees. Seeing the Woods, The Rachel Carson Center.

Other projects and networks:

Examples of non-traditional notable publications:

Portus, R and Portus, A. (2021). Aquify. Reimagining Museums for Climate Action Book:

Portus, R., Barnes, S., and Williams, S. (2023). The Alternative Nature Toolkit: Where in the World is Nature? The Alternative Nature Toolkit:

Portus, R. (2020). An Unusual Bee Hotel: Cultivating Care in a Time of Ecological Loss. Centre for Environmental Humanities:

Podcasts and Public Engagement Projects:

Green Dreamer Podcast –

Consultant – Advising on the AHRC “Plan Bee” Dance Project

Took part in the Under her Eye Fellowship Programme, leading to the development of a public engagement ‘music and bee decline’ workshop:

Notable Awards or Achievements:

Ireland EPA Infographic 2023 Award Winner:

First Place – Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellowship Award – Won First Place and the title of Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellow

Awarded Manchester School of Art, Artist Residency Funding to attend the Beetime Artist Residency

Exhibited in the 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

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