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 Journal of Historical Geography, the International Review of Environmental History, Progress in Human Geography, the Australian Journal of Politics and History, The Polar Journal, and several edited collections.
See my recent essay in Inside Story (March 2020) reflecting on contemporary Antarctic geopolitics, climate change, and history: Another Ferocious Summer. You can also listen to a recent interview with Melbourne's RRR radio station on this subject.
I am eager to supervisor research students (PhD and masters) in a wide range of subjects across environmental history, the environmental humanities, history of science, and international history. Prospective students are welcome to contact me directly.
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)
I am eager to supervisor research students (PhD and masters) in a wide range of subjects across environmental history, the environmental humanities, history of science, and international history. I'm also very open to supervising in more interdisciplinary environmental projects, connecting to geography, environmental management, and ecology. Prospective students are welcome to contact me directly.
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