Rebecca Wright

Senior Lecturer

Research interests


Rebecca’s research explores cultural approaches to the history of energy, with a focus on twentieth-century American history. This includes examinations of the cultural meanings and emotions attached to energy, and the role of epistemological models, experts and international organizations in influencing the development of energy systems and energy policy.


Her current research examines how the American body became carbonised over the twentieth century. She explores how the body was used as a way to build, as well as balance, energy systems and energy load. As part of this project, she is particularly interested in the hidden role of health officials and health reformers in the energy industry and energy policy. In broadening understandings of how models of health and well-being were bound into energy networks, her research considers what role health and the medical humanities might have in developing sustainable low-carbon energy futures.


Alongside research in energy, Rebecca is also interested in the application and impacts of digital methods within humanities and historical research.

Organisational affiliations

  • Humanities

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Humanities, Birkbeck University of London

    30 Jun 2015 - 31 Dec 2099
  • MA, Courtauld Institute of Art

  • BA (Hons), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust