Episode Summary

Welcome to another episode of The Earth Sea Love Podcast. Today we’re talking to Sarah Hussain, an educator and writer working to amplify the voices of women of colour within ecological research.

Episode Notes

Your host Sheree Mack has an in-depth and wide ranging intimate conversation with Sarah Hussain which takes into account:

  • The privilege of having outdoor spaces at home
  • Being an educator
  • Being a writer
  • University teaching
  • Writing to bring about change in perceptions of South Asian women
  • Amplifying the voice of women of colour within ecological research
  • A PhD in Ecological Degradation 
  • The women’s struggle to protect the environment 
  • Growing up as South Asian in Britain
  • Gaining a sense of identity through family and cultural heritage
  • Being a positive role model for future generations
  • Writing from lived experiences
  • Taking opportunities to sit at the table of power
  • ‘The Campaign to Protect Rural England’ research 
  • Barriers to accessing the countryside
  • Risk assessment for going outside 


Sarah Hussain is a Huddersfield based author and educator. Her first novel Escaped from Syria was a winner finalist in the People’s Book Prize Award and her short story collection Sit up, Stand up, Speak up was released in 2017. In 2018 she won the Ms Shakespeare competition and was shortlisted in a competition run by The University of Huddersfield and her short story, You will be free one day, my dearest India, is included in the anthology Trouble, celebrating protest, published by Grist and was ‘highly commended’. Sarah uses her writing as a means of expression to enable her to use her voice to promote tolerance. She is currently completing a PhD and her research is looking at ecological degradation in the Himalayan region from a postcolonial ecofeminist perspective. She aims to use her research to amplify women’s knowledge and she wants to challenge negative representations of South Asian women. Sarah carried out research into barriers to engaging with nature for people of colour as part of a participant-led project commissioned by CPRE.

CPRE commissioned essay, The invisible barriers that hold people back from enjoying the countryside.