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Catherine Heinemeyer

Senior Research Associate in Ecological Justice and Lecturer in Drama, York St John University

I am a storyteller and researcher interested in the role of storytelling and the arts in ecological justice and other intersecting crises. My practice-based PhD in storytelling with adolescents built on my extensive experience of artist residencies in educational, mental health, heritage, ecological and community settings. My current practice-based research collaborations investigate storytelling and climate adaptation, the role of indigenous knowledge in responding to climate crisis, and disabled access to 'blue spaces'.

I am co-convenor of the Ecological Justice Research Group, based in the Institute for Social Justice, and coordinator of York St John's Living Lab, an interdisciplinary cross-university project engaging students in ecological justice issues locally.


  • 2017–2018
    Postdoctoral research fellow in Drama, York St John University
  • 2017–2018
    Secretary and researcher, Out Of Character Theatre Company
  • 2016–2018
    Tutor, Converge York
  • 2013–2016
    PhD student in Drama, York St John University
  • 2013–2016
    Storyteller in residence, York Theatre Royal


  • 2017 
    York St John University, PhD
  • 2009 
    London South Bank University, MSc

Professional Memberships

  • Theatre and Performance Research Association
  • Society for Storytelling