Robert Butler

Robert Butler

A journalist, critic and academic writing on culture, climate change and the environment, with a recent focus on the relational sense of place in the Anthropocene.


I am a journalist, critic, academic and been writing about culture and the environment for the Ashden Directory since 2000 and writing about culture and climate change since the mid-2000s, first by blogging for the Ashden Directory — see Landing Stages (edited by Wallace Heim and Eleanor Margolies, 2014) — and then writing the Going Green column for The Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine (2007-2011).

I edited three issues of Culture and Climate Climate with Professors Joe Smith and Renata Tyszczuk: Recordings (2011), Narratives (2014) and Scenarios (2019).

From 2015-2019 I was a postgraduate at the Geography Department of the Open University writing a doctoral thesis on “the relational sense of place in the Anthropocene”. Part of that thesis appeared in Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities (2019). My PhD is available at Open Research Online.