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Centre for Travel Writing Studies

Unit(s) of assessment: English Language and Literature

School: School of Arts and Humanities


Founded in 2002, the Centre for Travel Writing Studies exists to advance the understanding of travel writing. It facilitates scholarly research on travel writing; promotes dialogue between practitioners and scholars; and engages with individuals and organisations outside universities. The CTWS:

  • encourages applications from Master’s and PhD candidates wishing to work on travel writing (whether critical or creative-critical)
  • collaborates with individual researchers and groups of scholars, nationally and internationally
  • collaborates with organisations in the cultural sector (museums, galleries, libraries and archives), including on the presentation, reinterpretation and publicising of their travel-related holdings.
  • aims to foster communities of travel writers and travel readers in Nottingham and the wider Midlands region through the organisation and publicising of activities such as talks, workshops and readings in the locality.

Our members’ areas of interest, which focus mainly on the period from 1780 to the present day, include but are by no means limited to:

  • ecotravel
  • the gothic and travel
  • travel-themed poetry
  • travel and modernism
  • magazines, periodicals and travel
  • African American travel writing
  • postcolonial travel writing
  • refugee writing
  • creative-critical work on travel
  • travel writing and mode of transport
  • travel writing and the senses
  • radical travel writing

Research and Collaborators


Book series

  • Routledge Research in Travel Writing (editors Peter Hulme and Tim Youngs)
  • Elements in Travel Writing (editors Nandini Das and Tim Youngs, Cambridge University Press)


  • Studies in Travel Writing (Taylor & Francis, 4 issues p.a.)


Past, continuing, or new collaborations include those with Bromley House Library, Nottingham; Coventry Transport Museum; The Collection, Lincoln; Five Leaves Bookshop; National Railway Museum, York; Nottingham Contemporary; as well as with colleagues and groups at several universities internationally.

Postgraduate Study

Besides supervising a broad range of critical studies, members of the CTWS also co-supervise with our creative writing colleagues poetry and prose narratives on themes of travel, place and borders. We welcome inquiries from prospective applicants.

PhD Funding

Find out everything you need to know about funding your doctoral studies – from tuition fees and loans, to studentships and external funding.

Related staff


The international, refereed journal Studies in Travel Writing (Taylor and Francis), is edited by Professor Youngs, Director of the Centre.

Key books include: