Academic work

Before teaching fiddle full-time, I was an academic, working on the representation of climate change and energy in contemporary literature. My doctoral research looked at contemporary popular science writing and representations of science in contemporary British fiction and drama. From 2007-2010 I co-convened the Cultures of Climate Change research group at CRASSH, University of Cambridge. Since then, I have held positions at the Open University, the University of Edinburgh and as an AHRC Knowledge Placement Fellow at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). I was a research associate on the AHRC-funded Stories of Change project, a part of the cross-council Connected Communities theme, leading on the Energy Generation strand. I am co-editor of the recently published special double issue on ‘Stories of Energy: Literary, Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives’ with Prof Axel Goodbody. I am currently editing a volume called Working with time in qualitative research: case studies, theory and practice with Prof Keri Facer and Prof Johan Siebers (Routledge, forthcoming 2021). I have also published on environmental computer games, the energy humanities, and cli-fi.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an internationally recognized accreditation of quality and professionalism in higher education teaching.


Smith, Bradon. (2019). Scenarios and other speculative fictions in Tyszczuk, R., Smith, J. & Butler, R. (eds) Culture and Climate Change: Scenarios, (Vol. 3). Shed.


Smith, Bradon. (2019). Imagined Energy Futures in Contemporary issue cover imageSpeculative Fictions. Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, Vol 6, Issues 2-3, Spring-Fall 2019. pp 136-154

[Imagined Energy Futures Resilience pre-print]

Stories of Energy: Narrative in the Energy Humanities, Guest Edited issue cover imageby Axel Goodbody and Bradon Smith, Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, Vol 6, Issues 2-3, Spring-Fall 2019. pp 1-25

Introduction – Stories of Energy: Narrative in the Energy Humanities

[Introduction pre-print]

Smith B. ‘Will Self’s The Book of Dave’ in Cli-Fi: A Reader ed. Cover Cli-FiGoodbody, A., A. Johns-Putra (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018).

Smith B. ‘David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks’ in Cli-Fi: A Reader ed. Goodbody, A., A. Johns-Putra (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018).

jls logoSmith, B. (2017). “Speculate, speculation, speculative: What can the Energy Humanities do?” Defining ScienceHumanities. Special issue of the Journal of Literature and Science. Ed. Castell, J., Waddington, K., Willis, M. Vol 10, Issue 2, 67-73. [pdf]


ecozona coverSmith, Bradon TL. (2017). “Resources, Scenarios, Agency: Environmental Computer Games.” Green Computer and Video Games.  A special issue of Ecozon@ : European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment. Ed. Chang, A., Parham, J. Vol 8, Issue 2, 103-120. [pdf]


energy social sci journal coverSmith JH, Butler R, Day RJ, Goodbody AH, Llewellyn DH, Rohse MH, Smith BT, Tyszczuk RA, Udall J & Whyte NM. (2017). “Gathering around stories: Interdisciplinary experiments in support of energy system transitions”. Energy Research and Social Science, 31, 284-294. [pdf]


Smith, Bradon TL. (2014). ‘Love, loss and rethinking our place in the world’ in Heim, W and Margolies, E. (eds) Landing Stages: Selections from the Ashden Directory of Environment and Performance 2000-2014. Crinkle Crankle Press. [pdf]


Smith, Bradon TL. (2014). ‘Words after things: narrating the ends of worlds’ in Butler, R., Margolies, E.,Smith, J., & Tyszczuk, R. (eds) Culture and Climate Change: Narratives, (Vol. 2). Shed. [pdf]


Smith, Bradon TL. (2013). Indeterministic metaphors: The popular science books of Fritjof Capra and Gary Zukav. Public Understanding of Science, 22(5), 538-545. [link]


Smith, Bradon TL. (2013). Staging climate change: the last ten years. Tipping Point Theatre Colloquium. [pdf]


Smith, Bradon TL. (2009). The Price of Metaphor is Eternal Vigilance:Language Metaphors int journal of hums coverin Popular Genetics. International Journal of theHumanities, 6(10). [pdf]  [link]


Smith, Bradon TL., B. Morris (2008). ‘Representing climate Bipolarchange: Lines of Defence and a war of words’ in Yusoff, K. (ed.) Bipolar. Arts Catalyst / Arts Council. [link]