EmmaLucy is a writer, speaker, explorer and researcher; based in the UK but often found gallivanting across the globe. Passionate about cross-cultural communication, she spent 2 years living with a Bedouin tribe in Egypt and as a result is researching a PhD in social sciences at the University of Helsinki as well as delivering public lectures. She is a Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. With an inquiring mind - and a habit of visiting places and deciding to stay - she has lived in Toronto, London and Edinburgh, spent many months in Morocco and travelled across the world to teach, perform and lecture.

EmmaLucy has been researching in South Sinai, Egypt, since 2009 and in 2011 she decided to sell everything she owned in order to continue studying Bedouin culture. Two years later she returned to the UK, having gained a ginger Bedouin cat and a myriad of stories along the way! Her PhD is based on this fieldwork and her public lectures draw from direct experiences and observations.

Often, audience members will comment on how ‘brave’ it was to live in the desert, and this is one of the themes which EmmaLucy is particularly interested in discussing during public events. What does it mean to be brave and go on adventures? Can anyone be brave enough to get out there? How can we encourage women to be braver and explore more? Should women be brave enough to travel solo?

EmmaLucy is constantly pushing her own boundaries: in 2018 she was accepted onto an Arvon Writing course (‘Writing to Make Change Happen’); she recently completed an Acting for Shakespeare course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; and when her brain needs recharging she can been seen barefoot trail-running up mountains in Europe Her latest ‘yes’ moment was deciding to learn to ride a motorbike and take it off across the world in 2019; something which is equally exhilarating and terrifying!

When not out exploring, EmmaLucy will be found somewhere between London, Somerset and Helsinki.

All photography provided by Steve Haywood Photography and author's own

You have a unique talent for teaching, especially a difficult subject, and I do hope we meet again in the future.
— Mary, workshop in Sheffield

AchieveMENTS, volunteering and skills

  • Published in print and online in the UK, US and Canada 2006-current

  • Cast in a TV pilot and music videos

  • Lectured at conferences and industry events globally 2006-current

  • Guest lecturer at the Royal Geographical Society ‘Microlectures’ 2019

  • Jersey Arts Centre People’s Choice speaker in 2017

  • Speaks Arabic (Bedouin dialect), French and very basic Italian and Greek

  • Volunteer speaker for Cats Protection

  • Research source for writers and adventurers on Arabic culture

  • Volunteer at the 2018 Adventure Travel Film Festival in London.