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Dr Lizzie Hobson

Dr Lizzie Hobson

Lecturer in Human Geography

 Amory c424


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


I am a feminist, cultural-political geographer. My work takes place at the intersection of feminist and political geographies and broadly speaks to interdisciplinary debates surrounding gender, environmental change, dislocation and postcapitalist landscapes. 

Research Interests: 

Learning to reimagine - landscape; bodies; scales of politics; violence; displacement

Research Bio:

My research draws on a long history of feminist research that expands and transforms established categories of political geography – states, borders, territories, violence – work that resists and undoes the entrenched hierarchies of what comes to matter in human geography.

Using the alternative vocabulary of bodily scars (and the process of suturing), my research rethinks the geographies of recovery and violence. I argue that the vocabulary of scarred landscapes offer a 'scabby' terrain on which the apocalyptic anxieties and descriptions of doomed and damaged communities that dominate contemporary environmental politics might be productively problematised and interesting questions around endurance and exhaustion might be opened up. 

2023/2024 Teaching: 

GEO3101 Gender and Geography (convenor) 

GEO2329 Geographies of Consumption: Doing Human Geography Research (co-convenor) 

GEO1309 Study Skills for Human Geographers (convenor) 

GEO3311 BA Dissertation

GEO3312 BA Dissertation

GEO3148 Berlin Field Course


2023   University of Exeter funded PhD in Human Geography Scarred Landscapes  No Corrections

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

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

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Research interests

Circus for Climate

My work seeks to offer new accounts of landscape, subjectivity and experience for geographers in terms of embodiment, materiality and performance. In particular, I'm interested in how circus arts can deepen our understanding of the times we're living in. 

In May 2023, I visted Acting for Climate and Riga Circus. You can learn about the project here:

In May 2023 I also collaborated with The Circus Diaries & NoFit State Circus on a documentation project: The Metamodern Circus. My chapter reflects on circus bodies and vulnerability through a practice-led collaboration with cabaret and circus artist Symoné

In November 2023 I will continue this work through a series of ESRC funded Climate Anxiety Comic Book workshops. 

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Office Hours:

Please email me for an office hour slot, I operate a sign-up system. 

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