Portrait of Professor Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Professor Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Professor of English and Environmental Humanities
Director of Curriculum Strategy


Vybarr Cregan-Reid is Professor of English & Environmental Humanities. His most recent book is Primate Change: How the World We Made is Remaking Us about how the way we live now is changing our bodies. He is currently making a series for the BBC World Service in Singapore, Boston and Nairobi called Changing World, Changing Bodies (based on the book). His previous book, Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human (Ebury 2016) reviewers called ‘impassioned and energetic’, and ‘a blazing achievement’ – both are available as audiobooks. He has written widely on the subjects of literature, health, nature and the environment for the BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, the Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Countryfile, the Mail, The Washington Post and numerous others. He has appeared on BBC Radios 3 and 4 a number of times, as well as on Sky News.

Research interests

Literature, the environment, evolution, the Victorians (esp. Hardy & Dickens), biomechanics, sports science, bodies, Babylonian literature.


Prof Cregan-Reid has supervised about ten PhDs mainly in the area of Victorian literature.  

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