Professor Lynne Pearce


Research Interests

Professor Lynne Pearce has worked at Lancaster University for over thirty years. During the first phase of her career, her teaching and research lay mainly in the field feminist literary and cultural theory, but with wide-ranging interdisciplinary applications such as reader-theory and romance/critical love studies. Between 2006-10 she was also PI for the AHRC-funded research project, 'Moving Manchester: How Migration Informed Writing in Manchester 1960-the Present' (see Postcolonial Manchester, co-edited with Corinne Fowler and Robert Crawshaw, Manchester University Press, 2013).

Since 2012, however, most of Professor Pearce's publications have been in the fields of mobilities and cultural geography and she has been centrally involved in Lancaster's Centre for Mobilities Research [CeMoRe] since 2015 where she is now Co-Director (Humanities). With Peter Merriman (Aberystwyth), she published a journal special issue (later book) on 'Mobility and the Humanities' in 2017 which contributed to the development of what is now a buoyant international subfield within mobilities studies.

Her recent publicatons in this field include the following biooks/articles:

  • Drivetime: Literary Excursions in Automotive Consciousness (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
  • Mobility and the Humanities, co-edited with Peter Merriman. (Routledge, 2017)
  • Mobility, Memory and the Lifecourse in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
  • 'Walking Out: The Mobiliites of Love', Mobilities, 13 (6): 777-90.
  • 'Trackless Mourning: The Mobilites of Love and Loss', cultural geographies, 26 (2):163-76.
  • Mobilities, Literature, Culture, co-edited with Marian Aguiar and Charlotte Mathieson (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
  • 'Finding One Place in Another: Post/Phenomenology, Memory and the Deja Vu', Social and Cultural Geography. Online First: 2021 (Open Access)
  • 'Driving North/Driving South Reprised: Britain's Changing Roadscapes', Mobilities. Online First: 2022. [IN PRESS]

She is also co-editor (with Marian Aguiar and Charlotte Mathieson) of the book series Palgrave Studies in Mobilities, Literature and Culture and Associate Editor for the Journal, Transfers.

In terms of teaching and administration, Professor Pearce’s work has centred on the postgraduate community. From 1997-2001 and 2010-13 she was Director of Postgraduate Studies in the English Department and, in that capacity, was responsible for initiating a good deal of the research methods training now available both within the Department and the Faculty. From 2001-2003 she was Associate Dean for Postgraduate Teaching in the Humanities and from 2004 she has been one of the core tutors of the Faculty's PGR Research Training Programme [RTP]. She has now supervised c.40 PhD students to successful completion and remains committed to improving the postgraduate student experience.

Tiina Mannisto-Funk
Hosting an academic visitor

Transport, Travel and Mobility Annual Conference
Participation in conference - Academic

Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Participation in conference - Academic

Auto/biography, Mobilities and the Climate Emergency

Marco Bertilorenzi
Hosting an academic visitor

Mobility Humanities (Journal)
Editorial activity

Transfers (Journal)
Editorial activity

  • CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research
  • Centre for Gender Studies
  • Literature, Space and Place