Dr Rebecca Ford

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Teaching Assistant

Institute for Northern Studies
Scott's House
Grainshore Road
KW15 1FL




Rebecca has completed her PhD at the Institute for Northern Studies with the title “Words and Waves: ecological dialogism as an approach to discourse, community, and marine renewable energy in Orkney”. She previously completed an MLitt in Highlands and Islands Literature at INS, and a BA(Hons) in English Language and Literature with the Open University.

Academic Interests

Rebecca’s research is interdisciplinary and is grounded in a passion for the work of Mikhail Bakhtin and his dialogical approach to language. From this Rebecca has developed ecological dialogism - an approach to understanding language and meaning making as an embodied process, enacted within a physical and cultural environment. Rebecca has a particular interest in the role of narrative in shaping cultural identity in Orkney, and the relationship between local texts and everyday discourse. Her work engages with the Environmental Humanities and feminist approaches to science and technology, energy and environment.


Becky Ford

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External Memberships

External Memberships

Postgraduate Representative on the executive committee of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE-UKI)

Member of The International Society for the Study of Interactivity, Language and Cognition (ISSILC)

Member of the International network for Social Studies of Marine Energy (ISSMER),

Member of The Political Ecology of Coastal Societies research network.

Board member of the Orkney Renewable Energy Forum (OREF).

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Ford, R. (2013) ‘Lokkars! It’s Thomas o Quoyness’: The Role of Humour in the Dialogical Negotiation of Cultural Identity in Orkney. MLitt. Kirkwall, Orkney: University of the Highlands and Islands

Ford, R. (2015) Invisible Work at EMEC

Ford, R. (2018) ‘Sharing our Stories: The Powerful Potential of Community-led Research’, Orkney Cloud pp.20-21

Schick, Lea, Rebecca Ford, and Nandita Badami. 2017. "Our Electric Transitions." Theorizing the Contemporary, Fieldsights