research student

Ryan Spencer

Postgraduate research student

Ryan wearing sunglasses standing by a lake.


English, Creative Writing and Publishing


College of Arts, Humanities and Education




I am a writer and PhD student; my interests lie in the Fantasy and Science Fiction genres, with a current focus on Space Westerns. I primarily write short fiction, though I have also written poetry and longer forms of prose, amongst other mediums.

I started the research degree at the University of Derby in January 2021, having previously graduated with an undergraduate degree in Creative and Professional Writing in 2019.

My research is focused on warlike cultures and warrior traditions and how they can affect and shape the world-building process as it relates to Space Western short stories. For my doctoral research, I will be writing a collection of short stories set in the same, fictional universe, along with an accompanying critical essay. 

Thesis title 

Wild Space: Fear, Enlightenment, and Warlike Cultures in Space Western World Building.