Adeline Johns Putra


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Adeline Johns-Putra is Professor and Head of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. She is a literary scholar with expertise in climate change and literature, and secondary research interests in British Romantic poetry and epic poetry.

One of the first literary scholars to publish on climate fiction, she has published papers in top journals such as Studies in the Novel and Modern Fiction Studies, and a monograph and an edited volume on climate and literature with Cambridge University Press. She co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Climate (with Kelly Sultzbach).

Adeline is a member of the international advisory boards of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change and Resistance: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, and the editorial board of Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. She is one of the founding editors of the book series Liverpool Studies in Literature and the Environment for Liverpool University Press.

She has given keynotes and plenaries on climate fiction in the UK, Sweden, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Croatia, and Turkey; in 2022, she was one of 25 scholars invited to participate in a Nobel Symposium on world literature in Stockholm. She has examined 17 PhDs, in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Hong Kong.  

Adeline is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland). She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, and has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University.  

After receiving her PhD from Monash University, Adeline started her career at the University of Tampere in Finland, before moving to positions at the University of Exeter and University of Surrey in the UK, and Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China. She was born and raised in Malaysia, and returned to take up her current position in 2023.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

English Literature, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 16 Mar 2000

English Literature, BA (Hons), MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 27 Mar 1996

External positions

Visiting Professor, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Feb 2023 → …

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Liverpool

Aug 2022 → …

Honorary Professor, University of Hong Kong

Sept 2020 → …

Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

Oct 2015 → …

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