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Zohreh Baghban

Languages and Literature, De Montfort University

Thesis title:

Munching as if the More-than-Human Counted: Creative Writing, Bioethics and Net-Zero

My Creative Writing Practice Research PhD will produce a multimodal collection of short fiction establishing a unique nexus between what we eat, how we treat animals, and the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This uses creative writing’s capacity to imaginatively adopt animals’ perspective to generate a bio-ethical understanding of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (2, 12, and 13) in Climate Change, sustainable consumption, and food security to impact non-scholarly audiences. Bio-ethics is the ethical implications of human/nonhuman relationships and current discussions on the concept of animal rights. A sustainable harmonised future necessitates an understanding of Net Zero policy that moves beyond reducing meat consumption to improve animals’ status and to also consider how we attempt to reduce emissions.  Biopolitics/bioethics reinstates animal welfare as a key component by presenting a deeper analysis of current discussion, through theoretical and empirical research. 

My main research question is:

  • How can Creative Writing provoke a fuller understanding of the bio-ethical interrelations between animal treatment and Net Zero policy?

And is supplemented by sub-questions:

  • How might multimodal short fiction agitate for a sustainable future for animals as well as humans?
  • Can multimodal practice offer an “other” perspective on human (in)action by privileging an animal’s perspective?

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


Zohreh Baghban and Poursanati, S. (2024). "Respect the power of the beast: an ecocritical analysis into interspecies relationships in Shaun Tan’s Tales from the Inner City"Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics, pp.1–14. doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/21504857.2024.2311710.

Other Research Interests

  • Animal Studies 
  • Bioethics and Biopolitics 
  • Multimodality 


Research Catalogue, an international database for artistic research 


Student Advisory Forum Representative (2023-2024)