Joe Gray's publications

Main publications

Ecocentrism and sustainability


Gray J and Crist E (2023) From darkness back into the light: Humanity’s rewilding imperative. The Ecological Citizen 6(1): 3–8. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2022) Life's shared dependence on water: A potential wellspring of ecocentric concern and interspecies kinship. Visions for Sustainability 18: 93–105. [ARTICLE]

Kopnina H, Gray J, Lynn W, Heister A, and Srivastava R (2022) Uniting ecocentric and animal ethics: Combining non-anthropocentric approaches in conservation and the care of domestic animals. Ethics, Policy & Environment, DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2022.2127295. [ARTICLE]

Piccolo JJ, Taylor B, Washington H, Kopnina H, Gray J, Alberro H, and Orlikowska E (2022) "Nature's contributions to people" and peoples' moral obligations to nature. Biological Conservation 270: article 109572. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2022) Sentience in invertebrates: A report on a two-part webinar. The Ecological Citizen 5(2): 201–9. [ARTICLE]

Crist E, Kopnina H, Cafaro P, Gray J, Ripple WJ, Safina C, Davis J, DellaSala DA, Noss R, Washington H, Roslton H III, Taylor B, Orlikowska EH, Heister A, Lynn WS, and Piccolo JJ (2021) Protecting half the planet and transforming human systems are complementary goals. Frontiers in Conservation Science 2: 761292. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2021) A review of ecocentric ethical orientation within the national forestry policy of Mediterranean rim countries. Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration 6(2): article 46. [ARTICLE]

Taylor B, Chapron G, Kopnina H, Orlikowska E, Gray J, and Piccolo JJ (2020) The need for ecocentrism in biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology 34(5): 1089–96. [ARTICLE]

Gray J, Wienhues A, Kopnina H, and DeMoss J (2020) Ecodemocracy: Operationalizing ecocentrism through political representation for non-humans. The Ecological Citizen 3(2): 166–177. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2019) 'Making hay': A conditional defence on ecocentric grounds of various co-created habitats. The Ecological Citizen 3(Suppl A): 43–54. [ARTICLE]

Washington H, Chapron G, Kopnina H, Curry P, Gray J, and Piccolo J (2018) Foregrounding ecojustice in conservation. Biological Conservation 228(C): 367–74. [ARTICLE]

Kopnina H, Washington H, Gray J, and Taylor B (2018) The 'future of conservation' debate: Defending ecocentrism and the 'nature needs half' movement. Biological Conservation 217(C): 140–8. [ABSTRACT]

Gray J (2018) Green fidelity and the grand finesse: Stepping stones to the 'Pacocene'. The Ecological Citizen 1(2): 121–9. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2017) A journey to Earth-centredness. The Ecological Citizen 1(Suppl A): 38–41. [ARTICLE]

Gray J, Brockington J, Hayward MW, and Walmsley JD (2016) How the proposed reintroduction of Eurasian lynx to Britain illustrates competing values and contrasting views associated with humans and the natural world. Country-Side 34(5): 19–25. [ARTICLE]

Gray J and Curry P (2016) Ecodemocracy: helping wildlife's right to survive. ECOS 37(1): 18–27. [ARTICLE]

Gray J and Curry P (2015) Does conservation need an 'exit strategy'? The case for considering minimal management as a long-term goal. ECOS 36(2): 28–32. [ARTICLE]


Gray J (2021) Thirteen Paces by Four: Backyard biophilia and the emerging earth ethic. Dixi Books, London, UK. [FIND BOOK]  [SAMPLE CHAPTER]

Gray J, ed (2021) Visions for a Post-Covid World: Defining a radically new normal. Dixi Books, London, UK. [SAMPLE CHAPTER]


Crist E and Gray J, eds (2019) The biodiversity crisis. The Ecological Citizen 3(Suppl A). [ISSUE]


Gray J (2022) How might self-guided and instructor-led nature education serve as a gateway to appreciating non-human agency and values? In: Hawke S, Paulsen M, Jagodzinski J, eds. Pedagogy in the Anthropocene: Re-wilding education for a new Earth, Palgrave, London, UK: 71–85. [ABSTRACT]

Kopnina H, Washington H, and Gray J (2022) Anti-environmentalism in critical social science and new conservation. In: Tindall D, Stoddart MC and Dunlap RE, eds. Handbook of Anti-Environmentalism, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK: 423–38. [MORE DETAILS]

Kopnina H, Gray J, Washington H, and Piccolo J (2021) Celebrate the Anthropocene? Why "techno-eco-optimism" is a strategy of ultimate denial. In: Grušovnik T, Spannring R, and Syse KL, eds. Environmental and Animal Abuse Denial: Averting our gaze, Lexington Books, London, UK: 169–85. [MORE DETAILS]

Gray J (2021) Introduction. In: Gray J, ed. Visions for a Post-Covid World: Defining a radically new normal, Dixi Books, London, UK: 9–14.

Gray J and Curry P (2019) Ecodemocracy and political representation for non-human nature. In: Kopnina H and Washington H, eds. Conservation: Integrating social and ecological justice, Springer, Cham, Switzerland: 155–66. [ABSTRACT]


Gray J (2023) Beware the Batesian rebel. Earth Tongues, 4 October. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2023) An eagle’s return to Scottish skies. Rewilding Successes, 4 October. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2023) Love, existence, and the nature of picture postcards. Earth Tongues, 30 September. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2023) Family life in a nature-loving world. Population Balance, 3 April. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2023) Beneath the birch and pine: Prelude to a series. Earth Tongues, 25 January. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2023) WITNESS: The dissipation of wildness (a personal experience). Earth Tongues, 11 January. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2022) Inconveniences at the farmers' market. Earth Tongues, 16 December. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2022) A knowledge for thirst: Water, empathy, and kinship. Earth Tongues, 26 May. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2022) A liberté without freedom, an égalité devoid of fairness, and a fraternité blind to kinship: Life as a bird in France. Earth Tongues, 4 May. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2022) Enfranchising the ecosphere: Giving political voice to the many. Untold Stories, 12 January. [ARTICLE]

The Editors (2021) Open letter to Faroe Islanders: Please stop the slaughter of whales and dolphins. Earth Tongues, 23 September. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2021) Technoscepticism and the machine-proof Muir. Earth Tongues, 4 August. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2021) Smiles and scowles: Puzzles in the Forest. Earth Tongues, 27 July. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2021) How rewilding can start at home. Rewilding Earth, 8 March. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2021) Gardening for wildlife as a powerful individual stance against ecocidal trends MAHB Blog, 4 February. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2021) A radical new look at gardening for wildlife. Ecohustler, 2 February. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2020) Bare-faced forestry. Earth Tongues, 19 September. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2020) The zebras of Kidderminster. Earth Tongues, 10 August. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2020) What if non-humans had a political voice? MAHB Blog, 30 April. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2020) Life and death in the suburbs. Earth Tongues, 22 April. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2020) Other lives. City Creatures Blog, 4 February. [ARTICLE]

Kopnina H, Crist E, Gray J, Nowak K, Piccolo J, Orlikowska E, DellaSala D, Taylor B, Washington H, and Safina C (2020) Toward an equitable future for all species. Nature Research Sustainability Community, 17 January. [ARTICLE]

Whyte I and Gray J (2020) Field guides as a gateway to appreciating more-than-human concerns. The Ecological Citizen 3(2): 119. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2020) Hearing nature’s chorus: Ecodemocracy as a moral necessity and a key solution to the eco-crisis (box essay). In: Washington H. What Can I Do to Help Heal the Environmental Crisis?, Routledge, Abingdon, UK: 203–4. [BOX ESSAY]

Gray J (2019) Granting political representation to non-humans. Animal Sentience 4(27): 5. [ARTICLE]

Gray J and Crist E (2019) The biodiversity crisis must be placed front and centre. The Ecological Citizen 3(Suppl A): 5–6. [ARTICLE]

Gray J and Whyte I (2019) Water – a free-flowing subject that reveals the urgent need for humanity to change its course. The Ecological Citizen 2(2): 121–7. [ARTICLE]
– This piece includes a box essay titled 'A spring of empathy in a barren landscape'. [BOX ESSAY]

Gray J (2018) Armchair ecotourism: A tribute to Edward Abbey. The Ecological Citizen 1(2): 145–7. [ARTICLE]

Gray J, Whyte I, and Curry P (2018) Ecocentrism: What it means and what it implies. The Ecological Citizen 1(2): 130–1. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2017) Reasons for a reduction of humans' impact on the ecosphere. The Ecological Citizen 1(1): 17–18. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2016) As if the rest of life mattered. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 48(1): 84. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2016) The persistence of wildness in Britain. Country-Side 34(4): 25–7. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2015) Fighting the fall of the wild (on a small island). Country-Side 34(2): 22–4. [ARTICLE]


Gray J (2021) A review of Whole Earth Living by Kathleen Smythe. Solutions Journal, 26 February. [ARTICLE]


Schläppy ML and Gray J (2018) Rights of nature: A report on a conference in Switzerland. The Ecological Citizen 1(1): 95–6. [ARTICLE]


Gray J (2022) Treading lightly and giving back to nature: The need for a new culture in recreational activities. Remote oral presentation at: ILAS-HUFS HK+ 2nd International Conference, 14–16 February.

Gray J (2021) Advocating, inspiring, and operationalizing ecocentrism. Remote oral presentation at: Autumn Webinar of the Society for Conservation Biology (Europe Section), 16–19 November. [PROGRAMME]

Gray J (2021) Ecocentrism and the human relationship with plants. Remote oral presentation at: Being with Plants, 17–18 June. [YOUTUBE VIDEO]

Gray J (2018) Waste away: How research ethics reinforces the case for systematic reviews and meta-analysis in ecoscience. Poster presented at: 2nd International Conference of the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence, 16–20 April, Paris, France. [POSTER]

Gray J (2017) Transfrontier conservation areas as an antidote to border walls and fences. Video presentation at: 6th Annual International Conference on Rights of Nature for Peace and Sustainable Development, 11–12 December, Geneva, Switzerland. [TRANSCRIPT]

Gray J (2016) Ecocentric democracy: Enabling the rights of nature. Oral presentation at: 5th Annual International Conference on Rights of Nature for Peace and Sustainable Development, 12–16 December, Geneva, Switzerland. [SLIDES]

Gray J (2016) An ecocentric framework for decision-making in rewilding. Poster presented at: The Future of Wild Europe, 12–14 September, Leeds. [POSTER]

Gray J (2015) Enabling a more critical attitude to assessing the benefits and costs for non-human nature of active woodland management: A systematic literature review to identify knowledge gaps. Poster presented at: Wild Thing? Managing Landscape Change and Future Ecologies, 9–11 September, Sheffield. [ABSTRACT]


Gray J (2016) 'The Real World': How Ecocentrism Diverges from Anthropocentrism. Talk at: Ecological Ethics (a meeting of the South West Futurists), 22 March, Bristol.

Gray J (2015) Self-willed land. Talk at an edge event to: International Permaculture Conference, 8–9 September, London.


Peacock D (2020) Interview with Doug Peacock. The Ecological Citizen 4(1): 30–32. (Questions posed by Joe Gray.) [INTERVIEW]


The Earth (2020) A letter to humanity from the Earth. The Ecological Citizen 4(1): 6. (Channelled by Howard Goldson and Joe Gray.) [LETTER]

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Natural history


Gray J and Noss R (2021) Fostering a love of the living world – or, the need for a grand revival of natural history. In: Gray J, ed. Visions for a Post-Covid World: Defining a radically new normal, Dixi Books, London, UK: 45–59. [DOWNLOAD CHAPTER]


Gray J (2023) On algorithms and assassin bugs: Challenging the uncritical promotion of nature identification apps. The Ecological Citizen 6(2): epub-090. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2022) WITNESS: Loss of biodiversity linked to dead or decaying wood (the fading of the saproxylic rainbow). The Ecological Citizen 5(2): 172–7. [ARTICLE]

Gray J and Healey JR (2016) Overwintering sites of ladybirds, shieldbugs and allied species in Hertfordshire woodland: how important is aspect? Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 48(1): 89–98. [ARTICLE]


Gray J (2023) Additions for Watsonian Moray (VC95) to the Atlas of the Hemiptera-Heteroptera of the British Isles. The Hemipterist 10(1): 289. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2020) “May I ask what you are doing?” Voices for Biodiversity, 27 February. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2019) Additions for VC36 to the Atlas of the Hemiptera-Heteroptera of the British Isles, and a phenological note on Pinalitus viscicola in VC34. The Hemipterist 6(2): 242. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2019) Additions from late 2018 through to mid-June 2019 for VC20 to the Atlas of the Hemiptera-Heteroptera of the British Isles. The Hemipterist 6(2): 243–4. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2019) Entomology as an appreciation of life on a different scale. Country-Side 35(2): 17–18. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2019) Three more VC20 additions from the 2018 field season to the Atlas of the Hemiptera-Heteroptera of the British Isles. The Hemipterist 6(1): 220–1. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2018) A sapphire in the rough. Voices for Biodiversity, 3 October. [ARTICLE]

Gray J, Bishop W, and Carle I (2018) A brief update on the Herts Invertebrate Project. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 50(1): 42. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2018) Some recent interesting terrestrial Heteroptera records. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 50(1): 15–16. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2018) Canthophorus impressus found in VC20 and other updates to the Atlas of the Hemiptera-Heteroptera of the British Isles. The Hemipterist 5(2): 211–12. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2016) Bugs in Hertfordshire: the 2015 terrestrial Heteroptera report. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 48(1): 89–98. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2016) Three further additions for VC20 to the Atlas of the Hemiptera-Heteroptera of the British Isles. The Hemipterist 3(2): 130. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2016) Some records of Hemiptera-Heteroptera from Hertfordshire (VC20). The Hemipterist 3(1): 56. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2015) A new species of Lygaeidae for Herts and other updates to the Atlas of the Hemiptera-Heteroptera of the British Isles. The Hemipterist 2(2): 46–7. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2015) Searching for six-legged jewels in an old quarry. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 47(2): 122–3. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2015) The changing shape of urban woodland fragments in St Albans: A GIS analysis. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 47(2): 136–9. [ARTICLE]


Gray J and Koricheva J (2017) The impact of partial overstorey removal on insect and arachnid diversity in temperate and boreal forests: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Poster and lightning talk presented at: Ecology Across Borders, 11–14 December, Ghent, Belgium. [POSTER]

Gray J (2016) Do insects that overwinter as adults in British woodland exhibit a preference for south-facing hibernacula? Oral presentation at: Forest Insects and their Allies Second Annual Meeting, 5 April, Peterborough. [ABSTRACT]


Gray J (2021) Gardening for wildlife. Talk for the St Albans Green Party, 26 May, online.

Gray J (2021) Backyard biophilia. Talk for the St Albans Friends of the Earth group, 1 March, online.

Gray J (2016) The little things that matter: The world of invertebrates. Talk at the Herts and Middlesex Festival of Wildlife, 31 July, Hertford.

Gray J (2016) Invertebrates on an old French lavender farm. Talk for the British Naturalist's Association Herts branch, 5 March, Welwyn.

Fiction written under the pen name Dewey Dabbar


The Gardens of Greenspring Road (2021, Dixi Books) – a novel. [FIND BOOK]

A Sense of Modesty (2021) – a 101-word short story on [STORY]

Not In Our Nature: Four little stories (2020) – a collection of short stories self-published under the Impudent Raven imprint. [Currently unavailable.]

The Utah Bureau of Improvement: Three unreal stories (2020) – a mini-collection of thematically linked short stories self-published under the Impudent Raven imprint. [BOOK]

The Raucous Sky: A tale of ecorebellion in the English countryside (2020) – a novella-length story self-published under the Impudent Raven imprint. [Currently unavailable.]

"Hope lies in the children" (2020) – a short story in Into the Ruins, Issue 15. [STORY]

Potential (2020) – a 101-word short story on [STORY]


Down the line – a short-short story in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Issue 12.2. [STORY]


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