Elizabeth Hobson



College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Lizzie is a cultural geographer, but her work bridges Human Geography and the Environmental Arts and Humanities. Drawing on themes of landscape, place, identity, and social relations in space, her work speaks to interdisciplinary debates surrounding environmental change, postcapitalist landscapes, embodiment and risk, wellbeing, and affective labour.

Lizzie’s thesis explores how communities and environments repair and transform after disasters. Critical of current recovery narratives, her thesis offers ‘scarred landscapes’ as a language that problematises the apocalyptic anxieties and descriptions of doomed and damaged communities that dominate contemporary environmental politics. Lizzie builds on disaster geographies by considering how disasters are rarely singular, short-term ruptures but are often interconnected across places and scales


Research Interests:  Environmental humanities; planetary health; posthuman feminist phenomenology; embodiment; planetary flows of bodies; feminist epistemologies and knowledge production, art/science/theory collaborations; alter-Anthropocene; volume imaginaries, justice.



2022   University of Exeter funded PhD in Human Geography Scarred Landscapes: Making Space for Texture & Volume in alter-Anthropocene Discourses

2017  Masters of Research in Critical Human Geographies (University of Exeter) Distinction

2016  BA Hons Geography (University of Exeter) First Class with Deans Commendation


Office Hours: GEO3101 Gender & Geography students can arrange office hours by appointment.