Associate Professor Alice Gorman

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (227)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the field of space archaeology. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, New Scientist, and Archaeology magazine. She is a faculty member of the International Space University's Southern Hemisphere Space Program in Adelaide.

Her book Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future (NewSouth Publishing, MIT Press, 2019) won the NIB Award People's Choice and the John Mulvaney Book Award, as well as being shortlisted for the NSW and Queensland Premier's Awards and the Adelaide Festival Awards.

She has worked extensively in Indigenous heritage management, providing advice for mining industry, urban development, government departments, local councils and Native Title groups in NSW, WA, SA and Queensland. She is also a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement.

Alice is a member of the Advisory Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and President of the Anthropological Society of South Australia. She tweets as @drspacejunk.

PhD, University of New England (2001)
B.A.(Hons), University of Melbourne (1986)
Honours, awards and grants

2020: University of New England Distinguished Alumni Award

2020: finalist in the Australian Space Awards for Academic of the Year and Researcher of the Year

2019: John Mulvaney Book Award (Australian Archaeological Association)

2017: Bragg NSW Press Prize for Science Writing

2010: Voted 1st at Flinders University in the UniJobs Lecturer of the Year poll.

2007: Voted 29th in the annual Australia-wide Lecturer of the Year poll.

2001: Finalist, Queensland Premier's Awards, Bridges to Reconciliation category.

Key responsibilities

Alice teaches undergraduate archaeology and graduate cultural heritage management.

Topic coordinator
ARCH8405 The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts
ARCH8018 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management
ARCH2212 The Archaeology of Modern Society
Supervisory interests
Archaeology of the contemporary past
Space archaeology
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Historical archaeology, Irish settlement in Australia, folklore (1), Space exploration, Mars colonisation, verse novel, poetry and science (1), Modern material culture, Jawoyn, archaeology of the contemporary past (1), Ngadjuri, cultural landscapes, contact archaeology (1)
Principal supervisor: Cemetery studies, historical archaeology, gender and material culture (1)
Expert for media contact
Aboriginal issues
Australian space history
Orbital debris
Space archaeology
Spacecraft re-entry
Available for contact via
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+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Aboriginal issues
  • Archaeology
  • Heritage
  • Space
  • Technology
  • Australian space history
  • Orbital debris
  • Space archaeology
  • Spacecraft re-entry
Further information

Alice publishes Space Age Archaeology, which is archived at the National Library of Australia as a significant scientific blog.

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