My name is Eline D. Tabak and I’m an early stage researcher in the field of environmental humanities. As a doctoral researcher at the Universities of Bristol and Bath Spa (funded by the SWW DTP), I study all sorts of narratives on climate change, wildlife decline and extinction, and related environmental issues.
My PhD research combines the fields (critical) extinction studies and ecocriticism, and focuses on insect declines, storytelling and care, and the question of value and (in)attention when it comes to wildlife extinction. You can read a little about it on the CEH’s blog [link].
I hold an MA (by research) in Comparative Literary Studies from the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam, and a BA in English from the University of Groningen and University of York, UK. Before moving to Bristol, I did research on the effects of climate change fiction on readers. Information on related publications and conference presentations can be found here.
As for my professional experience, I was a graduate teacher for Critical Issues (English), Sustainable Development (Bristol Futures), and the unit Critical Political Ecologies of Extraction and Conservation (Geography). I also do some work as a coordinator for UoB’s Education and Sustainable Development Network and have recently completed a research placement with the heritage organisation Bathscape.
In what now feels like a previous life, I worked as a tutor (ESL/NT2) in secondary and higher education, communications assistant, editor, translator, and in the publishing industry.