Demi Wilton

  • Research Student

Demi graduated with a first-class BA in English from Loughborough University in 2017. She was awarded the English Special Prize for ‘outstanding success’ in her final year studies, as well as the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society Prize for her undergraduate dissertation.

In 2017, Demi was awarded a scholarship by the University of Warwick to study for an MA in English Literature. Her dissertation, supervised by Dr Mike Niblett, examined representations of climate refugeehood in Anglophone literature. She completed her MA in 2018, gaining a distinction.

Demi began her PhD in October 2018, having accepted a fully-funded research studentship from Loughborough University. She is a member of the English department’s Contemporary Literature and Culture research group.

In September 2020, Demi was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She has experience teaching literary and critical theory within the English department, with particular expertise in ecocriticism, Marxist theory, postcolonialism, and theories of World Literature.

PhD Title/ Topic: Locating the “Climate Refugee”: Environmental Displacement and World Literature

Demi’s research examines contemporary depictions of environmental displacement in World Literature. She is particularly interested in climate-fiction by authors from nations vulnerable to climate change and the ways in which these works of literature respond to the notion of climate refugeehood.


  • Demi Wilton, ‘Epochal Ecopoetics’, New Formations, 98 (2020), 187-88
  • Demi Wilton, ‘1950s Migration in the Terai Region of Nepal’, CLISEL’s Geo-Archive, ed. by Marco Armeiro, Roberta Biasillo, and Ethemcan Turner (2018). Available at:


  • Demi Wilton, ‘“We are the Dispossessed”: Displacement, Knowledge Production, and Bare Life in West Bengali Climate Fiction’, Parallax
  • Jennifer Cooke and Demi Wilton, ‘World Literature and Feminism Across Borders’, in Intersectional Feminist Methodologies: Applications in the Social Sciences and Humanities, ed. Jennifer Cooke and Line Nyhagen