Dr Caitlin Stobie

Dr Caitlin Stobie


I joined the University of Leeds in 2016 after completing my MA in Critical Theory. My doctoral thesis on representations of abortion in southern African fiction was supervised by Professor Graham Huggan. After completing my PhD with recognition of research excellence in 2019, I was appointed as a LAHRI Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and then rejoined the School of English in my current position as Wellcome ISSF Fellow.

Situated in the Medical Humanities Resarch Group, my new research project focuses on representations of planetary health in world poetry. This creative-critical project is inspired by my collaboration on the Leeds Creative Labs: Bragg Edition with Dr Paul Beales. I am a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Arts University and an editorial assistant at Stand

Research interests

My debut poetry collection, Thin Slices, is scheduled for publication in autumn 2022. My monograph, Abortion Ecologies in Southern African Fiction, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic later in 2022. 

Both my creative and critical work is inspired by the relationship between literature and biology, often navigating the discrepanies between feminist materialism and postcolonial theory. 

I have worked as a research intern on the AHRC-funded network The Risks of Childbirth in Historical Perspective, as co-curator of an exhibition titled Bearing Different Risks at the Thackray Medical Museum, and as founder of the Leeds Animal Studies Network.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD English Literature
  • MA Critical Theory
  • BA (Hons) English Literature

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of Advance HE
  • National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
  • Society of Authors
  • Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research

Student education

I have lectured and led seminars at the University of Leeds, Leeds Arts University, and Rhodes University. I have also delivered lectures at the universities of Cambridge and Ottawa, and led workshops on creative nature writing at the University of Pennsylvania and through LASN. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Medical Humanities Research Group
  • Environmental Humanities Research Group
  • Poetry Centre
  • Creative Writing at Leeds