Dr Alessandro Antonello

Senior Research Fellow

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I currently hold an Australian Research Council DECRA grant, for a project titled “An international environmental history of the ‘World Ocean’, 1950s-2000s”. This project aims to investigate the ways in which states, international organisations, and international communities have engaged with and conceptualised the ‘World Ocean’ as a natural environment from the 1950s to the 2000s. In the context of current environmental and geopolitical challenges for the ocean, this project aims to analyse how these actors built institutions, communities, and territories in and for the ocean environment as a foundation for generating knowledge and claiming power, rights, and resources.

My first book, The Greening of Antarctica: Assembling an International Environment, was published by Oxford University Press (2019). My scholarly articles have appeared in Environmental History, Environmental Humanities, the International Review of Environmental History, Progress in Human Geography, the Australian Journal of Politics and History, The Polar Journal, and several edited collections.

Before arriving at Flinders University, I held a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Melbourne (2016-2019) and a US National Science Foundation-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oregon (2014-2016). I received my PhD from the Australian National University in 2014.


PhD (ANU), Grap. Dip. A. (Museums and Collections) (ANU), PhB (ANU)

Supervisory interests
Australian history
Expert for media contact
History - Australian
Environmental history
Environmental protection
History of science
Southern Ocean
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  • Antarctica
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  • History of science
  • Southern Ocean

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