Below are our valued members of ASLEC-ANZ. You’re welcome to connect with each other and continue growing our community. To join ASLEC-ANZ please, visit our Join Us page and sign up.
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Dr. Michael Adams
University of Wollongong
Michael Adams writes about humans and nature, and is Honorary Principal Fellow in Human Geography at the University of Wollongong. His research has examined relationships between Indigenous peoples and conservation, and recent work examines freediving and oceans. His work is published in Meanjin, Australian Book Review, The Guardian, Griffith Review and academic journals and books. His essay ‘Salt Blood’ won the 2017 Calibre Essay Prize. Web: https://scholars.uow.edu.au/individual?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fuowvivo.uow.edu.au%2Findividual%2Fmichael_adams
Dr Keith Armstrong
Queensland University of Technology
Keith Armstrong is an experimental artist profoundly motivated by issues of social and ecological justice. His engaged, participative practices provoke audiences to comprehend, envisage and imagine collective pathways towards sustainable futures. He has specialised for over twenty two years in collaborative, experimental practices with emphasis upon innovative performance forms, site-specific electronic arts, networked interactive installations, alternative interfaces, art-science collaborations and socially and ecologically engaged practices.
My PhD is about how resource-extraction has shaped the Australian moving image and its surrounding industry and cultures, focusing on the region around Broken Hill. Due to the escalating global climate crisis, it is paramount to challenge how the moving image is understood in relation to our surrounding ‘natural’ environment. My project is important in that it argues that Australian film production has strong connections to the ‘natural’ environment, and interrogates how Australia’s resource-extraction economy is linked to film through practices of manufacture, representation, and other cultural industries.
University of Canterbury
Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, looking at the contact zones where humans, giant trees and microscopic serial killers converge.
Dr Susan Ballard
Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington
Susan Ballard is an art writer and Associate Professor of Art History at Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research spans the fields of art history, creative nonfiction, and the environmental humanities, and examines the histories of nature in contemporary art with a particular focus on artists from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. She often works in collaboration with many others. Her books include Alliances in the Anthropocene: Fire, Plants and People (with Christine Eriksen), 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (with the MECO network) and Art and Nature in the Anthropocene: Planetary Aesthetics (due out in March 2021).
Pie is a contemporary installation artist working at the human/geological interface. Her practice is grounded in materiality and temporality. She uses transformation of geological processes to expand ideas about humanity as a geological force. Tertiary studies in art and science (geology) have resulted in Pie’s unique, authoritative practice. Innovative objects and installations are backed up by sound research and technical expertise to assist the development of a clearer understanding of the complex relations between the human and nonhuman. Pie has worked as a field exploration geologist, is an experienced ceramic technician and a PhD candidate at RMIT.
Dr Alda Balthrop-Lewis
Australian Catholic University
My research interests focus around religion, ethics, politics and literature – especially north american nature writing, ascetic practice, and the history of environmentalism.
Mark Bolland is a Principal Lecturer in Photography at Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic. Originally from the UK, he is a teacher, writer and artist. In parallel with teaching and exhibiting artwork, he has written essays for books and exhibition catalogues, as well as many articles for journals and magazines.
Dr Chantelle Bayes
Chantelle Bayes is an adjunct researcher at Griffith University in Queensland. Her work focuses on urban imaginaries, posthumanism and ecocriticism with her forthcoming book Rewriting Urban Nature: Literary Imaginaries for Posthuman Cities due out in 2021 through Liverpool University Press. She has work published in Axon, TEXT, Meniscus and the M/C Journal.
Ms Daniela Brozek is an independent scholar, writer, and visual artist based in lutruwita-Tasmania, where she operates the business Bright South, publishes Tasmanian writing, and is a member of the Board of Management of TasWriters. Her research interests and activities are mainly concerned with environmental sustainability and supporting diversity, as well as the topics of excess and the fool trope.
Dr Elizabeth Boulton
Destination Safe Earth
Climate, environment, security, equality. I apply ‘deep framing’ research to consider how we can contain the hyperthreat of climate & environmental change…
Maryam Bagheri Nesami
University of Auckland
Dance and Performance politics, Choreography as an expanded field, Dance in the choreophobic contexts, Strategic negotiations, Non-violent resistance
University of Exeter
I graduated from the University of Exeter in 2016 with an MA Anthrozoo with distinction. I am interested in research related to embodied care ethics, animal shelter/welfare, and raising compassionate children. I am also the host of an Anthrozoology podcast called The Deal With Animals.
Monash University & Goethe-University
I just completed my PhD in the Environmental Humanities at Monash and Goethe University with the title: “Unsettling the Anthropocene: Cosmological Readings of Contemporary Australian Literature” and am currently developing my Post-Doc project in the field of Intergenerational Justice at Goethe University.
Prof. Jacky Bowring
As a landscape architect I have a foot in the world of science and another in the world of art, bringing an affinity with literature, environment and culture. Originally a geographer, the landscape is a natural home, and seeing it through different lenses is a key part of what I do. Emotion and landscape is one of my main areas of exploration and I have written two books on this topic – A Field Guide to Melancholy, and Melancholy and the Landscape: Locating Sadness, Memory and Reflection in the Landscape. This year I’ve published the first ever book on criticism in my discipline: Landscape Architecture Criticism.
Dr Michael Chew
Dr Michael Chew is a visual action-researcher, environmental change-maker and community cultural development practitioner with degrees in Art Photography, Mathematical Physics, Humanities and Social Ecology. He co-founded the NGOs Friends of Kolkata, and Friends of Bangladesh to run international volunteer programmes and North-South solidarity work, and has run participatory photography projects across Asia. Michael has recently completed a PhD in participatory visual methods and environmental behaviour change through Design at Monash University.
Dr Robert Crocker
Art Architecture and Design, University of South Australia
I teach history and theory of design and design for sustainability at the University of South Australia. My background is in the (early modern European) history of science, religion and philosophy, and my current research interests focus on the relationship between consumption, waste, sustainability and design. My most recent publication was Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Design and Sustainability (Greenleaf / Routledge 2016), and I am the co-editor of two new collections of essays, currently in press, Subverting Consumerism: Reuse in an Accelerated World (Routledge) and Unmaking Waste: Towards a Circular Economy (Emerald). I am very keen to support the environmental humanities (and its variants) in any way I can.
University of New South Wales
Taylor is a human geography PhD candidate in the Environment and Society Group at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Working at the intersections of urban political ecology, landscape design, environmental history and sound studies his work seeks to understand how water is considered in the design, planning, management, and governance of urban environments. Taylor researches the relationships between water, sound, design, history, and justice across Sydney, with consideration of other settler-colonial cities in Australia and elsewhere in the world. Taylor’s research interests are threaded together to serve Indigenous communities in Sydney and matters that are important to them.
She spent eighteen years as a military brat in occupied territories; migrated three times to two different countries, and lives now on an almost self-sufficient micro ‘farm’, in Tasmania, where she taught at the University for seventeen years. She is on the Advisory Board of the Indian Journal of Ecocriticism. Her qualifications are in literature (University of Tasmania), and media (University of Texas). Website www.ca-cranston.com
Poet and environmental activist. Has written extensively on the Snowy River.
Dr. Rick De Vos
Rick conducts research in anthropogenic extinction, in particular its cultural and historical significance and the way that it is articulated and practiced. He is an adjunct research fellow in the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University in Western Australia, and before that coordinated the Research and Graduate Studies Programs at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin. He is a member of the Extinction Studies Working Group <http://extinctionstudies.org/>, and has published essays on extinction in Knowing Animals (2007), Animal Death (2013), Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death and Generations (2017), and The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies (2018), as well as in Animal Studies Journal (2014-2017), Cultural Studies Review (2019) and a/b: Auto/Biography Studies (2020). With Matthew Chrulew he edited a special issue of Cultural Studies Review in 2019 entitled ‘Extinction Studies: Stories of Unravelling and Reworlding’.
Dr Melanie Duckworth
Østfold University College
My research encompasses the overlapping fields of Australian literature, children’s literature, and ecocritism. Within these areas, I’m particularly interested in poetry, receptions of the past (including medievalism), representations of plants and animals, and representations of motherhood, girlhood, and childhood in literature. Critical paradigms I am drawn to include critical plant studes and New Materialism.
Dr Peter Denney
Peter Denney is a historian and literary scholar at Griffith University. He is the co-editor, with Stuart Cooke, of Transcultural Ecocriticism: Global, Romantic and Decolonial Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2021), among other publications. His interests encompass many aspects of Enlightenment and Romantic-period culture from radical politics to popular religion, periodical literature, and labouring-class life. A key strand of his research focusses on soundscape, landscape and ideas of nature in the eighteenth-century British world.
Hélène Le Deunff
University of Sydney
Research interests: multi-species studies
Growing up in a lively odour world surrounded by the smells of composting and fermenting food processes, I remember feeling embarrassed by the smellscape of my family home that sustained us through times of economic precarity. The attitudes of disgust expressed by friends led me to yearn for belonging to the modern world of the “perfectly odorless” (Lee, 2019, pp.698). As an artist interested in the intersecting issues of social and environmental justice, smellscapes, and the current precarity of more-than-human futures, I have begun to slowly rekindle my love affair with earthy fragrances. Restorative more-than-human-centered actions such as fermentation and composting also encourage my increasing fascination with the invisible world of microbes and fungi the exciting smells that they exude.
Rachel Carson Center, Germany
Ecocriticism. Deconstruction. Psychoanalysis. Fungi.
Dr Charles Dawson
Charles is based in Te Whanganui-ā-Tara, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand on manawhenua territory. He has an enduring interest in spiritual governance and rivers, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and settler responsibility/ reconciliation, environmental histories and poetry. He helped found ASLEC-ANZ in 2003 and is involved with the Minnesotan non-profit experiential education consortium HECUA.
Dr Anne Elvey
Dr Anne Elvey lives on Boonwurrung Country in Seaford, Victoria. She is a researcher, poet and editor, with interests in ecological poetics, ecological feminist hermeneutics, ecological criticism and the material turn, poetry and biblical literature. Her poetry publications include, On arrivals of breath (Poetica Christi 2019), White on White (Cordite Books 2018), and Kin (FIP 2014), shortlisted in the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards 2015. Obligations of Voice is forthcoming from Recent Work Press in 2021. Anne is editor of hope for whole: poets speak up to Adani. Her most recent scholarly book is Reading the Magnificat in Australia: Unsettling Engagements (Sheffield Phoenix 2020). She was inaugural managing editor of Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics from 2013 to 2020. Anne holds honorary appointments at Monash University and University of Divinity.
Website: https://monash.academia.edu/AnneElvey; https://sunglintdrift.com/
Prof. Jane Ekstam
Östfold University College, Halden, Norway
Alison (Ali) East
I am a retired Dance Studies lecturer, with a continuing interest in eco-somatic dance practices and research. My chapter Intuitive Ethnography in currently in press in Tilley, E. ed. Another chapter ‘PlantBodyBeing’ may be found in ‘Body and Awareness’, Reeve,S. ed. My research and practice involves intuitive eco-somatic improvisation as a way of connecting with self, other and place. I seek beyond enculturation while also acknowledging indigenous knowledge.
Associate Professor Ann Elias
University of Sydney
Ann Elias’s relevant expertise lies in the history and theory of visual culture relating to relationships between human and non-human environments. Three projects (and books) on camouflage in war and nature, flowers and botany in visual culture, and representations of underwater ocean environments and coral reefs, bring art, science and popular culture to the study of human environmental impact.
University of Melbourne
Katherine FitzHywel is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. She is exploring how nonhuman animals are represented or misrepresented through language employed in contemporary Australian poetry, and how poetic language might contribute to the perception and treatment of nonhuman animals.
Curtin University / University of Aberdeen
I am a writer, creative practice researcher and PhD candidate within the Aberdeen–Curtin Alliance Program. My research is immersive, fluid and dynamic, engaging with Stacy Alaimo’s concept of transcorporeality in order to write in/with/from the intertidal zone.
Prof. Hélène Frichot
University of Melbourne
I draw on the disciplines of architecture and philosophy, increasingly locating my research between the domains of the environmental humanities and the (feminist) post-humanities. Recent publications include: Dirty Theory: Troubling Architecture (AADR 2019), Creative Ecologies: Theorizing the Practice of Architecture (Bloomsbury 2018), How to Make Yourself a Feminist Design Power Tool (2016). I am a co-editor on a number of collections, including with Catharina Gabrielsson and Helen Runting, Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies (Routledge 2017) and more recently with Naomi Stead, Writing Architectures: Ficto-Critical Approaches (Bloomsbury 2020), and with Marco Jobst, Architectural Affects After Deleuze and Guattari (Routledge 2021).
Artist, Honorary Academic & Founder of the Tree Veneration Society.
As an eco-artist Louise aims to promote new, experimental ways of perceiving the land in the 21st century. She believes that how we perceive and contemplate the land affect how we respond to the land. Her work investigates Anthropocene extinction, environmental justice and climate adaptation and rests at the intersection between the aesthetic approach to art and the ethical. For the past 20 years her practice-led research has focused on the veneration of trees, a subject she was drawn to for the magnitude of their environmental significance and their universal, pan-religious symbolic importance. She has researched the significance of ‘the Tree’ historically, culturally, symbolically, politically, scientifically and how perceptual shifts through imaging can activate change and contribute to creating new insights into environmental issues
Rachel is a PhD candidate in literary studies at Deakin University investigating the representation of the nonhuman in Australian ecofiction and the potential impact that such fiction has on the reader’s relationship with nature. Her research includes considerations of speculative and science fiction, crime fiction, multispecies studies, and the intersection of literary theory and nature connection. She is also a freelance writer and co-founder of Remember The Wild, a non-profit focused on engaging Australians with the natural world. Rachel is Postgraduate and ECR Representative for ASLEC-ANZ.
Dr Rod Giblett
Rod Giblett is interested in literature, culture and the built and natural environments, especially cities and wetlands. He is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, and the author of 30 books, beginning with Postmodern Wetlands (Edinburgh UP, 1996), the first book of wetland cultural studies and a classic of environmental humanities and ecocriticism. In 2020 he published a cultural and environmental history of Melbourne focusing on its literature, culture and built and natural environments. His latest books include Wetlands and Western Cultures. He has just completed a book about the Hopkins River and its kindred wetlands in western Victoria. He has also written a collection of environmental detective stories about swamp deaths. He is Honorary Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. For more information about his work and publications go to: https://muriuniversity.academia.edu/RodGiblett and Amazon.com
Dr Adam Grener
Victoria University of Wellington
I am Senior Lecturer in the English Programme at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. My research has focused on nineteenth-century British and American literature, with a particular focus on realism and the novel. My interest in issues of scale and world-building in the realist novel has led in recent years to a more sustained focus on questions of environment and ecology in literature and art, from the nineteenth century to the present.
I research the history and outcomes of environmental collective action alongside other work on pro-democracy protests.
I am a transdisciplinary researcher working at the interface of policy, practice and research. I am deeply interested in interrogating nature/culture relationships, epistemologies and ontologies across cultures, with particular reference to Indigenous, local and traditional knowledges. With a background in literary and cultural studies and expertise in cultural heritage management, I investigate ways in which the environmental humanities can inform and shift critical paradigms and discourses both in the study of literature and in the practices of the ecological sciences in the context of climate change and culturally sustainable development.
Luna Mrozik Gawler
Luna is an independent researcher, writer and artist interested in work that un/re-makes worlds. With a focus on ecology, speculative futures and inter-being, they utilise a range of live and participatory processes to facilitate encounters with queer bodies, agencies and articulations. Luna is one half of Queer-time lab GEOFADE, founding member of L&NDLESS ecologic art collective, and co-founder of award winning, futures-oriented art residency Community Transmissions.
Prof. Susan Hawthorne
James Cook University, Townsville
My areas of interest are ecopoetry, ecofiction and ecofeminist critiques. My latest book in this field is Vortex: The Crisis of Patriarchy (Spinifex Press, 2020). In Vortex I examine the intersection of patriarchy, colonisation, economics, disability, violence against women and lesbians, biocolonialism and Indigenous Peoples and climate catastrophe. A recent academic text that includes a chapter on my poetry book Earth’s Breath is Cyclone Country by Christopher J. Spicer (McFarland, 2021). I have recently spoken at a conference in Spain on The Ecology of the Book drawing on my work in Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing (2014). I have also spoken on zoom sessions with Vandana Shiva and Farida Akhter at FiLiA and most recently about the work of Vandana Shiva at WHRC (Women’s Human Rights Campaign). Both are based in the UK.
James Cook University
My research focuses on Shakespeare studies, the health humanities, ecocriticism, place-based learning and site-specific theatre. My next book will explore Shakespeare and place-based education. I created and coordinate the subject ‘Green Worlds: Environment and Literature’ at James Cook University, and am interested in using local space to enrich the teaching of literature.
Dr Bianca Hester
I am an artist working in the field of expanded sculptural and place-based practice. I combine creative research with socially engaged processes informed by feminist methodologies to investigate entanglements between materiality, human activity, and place. I produces expansive forms of public art co-produced in dialogue with diverse interlocutors and participants to examine the material conditions and socio-political histories of contested locations and extractive zones across South Eastern Australia. My current research with the collaborative trio Open Spatial Workshop explores how knowledge about artefacts held in geosciences collections can be transformed through collaborative processes with diverse communities in order to generate richer understandings of materials held in museum collections. I have exhibited widely within Australia and internationally, and am a Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of of Research and Engagement in the School of Art and Design, UNSW. www.biancahester.net
Dr. Michael Hewson
Michael is an environmental geography teacher and researcher at CQUniversity, Rockhampton. His research interests are in the spatial analysis of the atmosphere using digital mapping and satellite remote sensing. But Michael works within a humanities discipline of the university and has become enamoured with the need for humanities skills to inform science and interpret the environmental issues of our day. He too then has turned his hand to photography and poetry and strategic storytelling.
Dr Alexis Harley
La Trobe University
Alexis Harley lectures in the Department of Creative Arts and English at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She’s the author of Autobiologies: Charles Darwin and the Natural History of the Self (Bucknell University Press, 2014), associate editor of Life Writing, and the annotating editor of an anthology of nineteenth-century responses to the life and work of William Blake. Current work concerns how nineteenth-century aesthetics shaped the representation – or disavowal – of species extinction, ecological change, and climate change in that century. She’s also co-editing a collection of essays on bees in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Alexis is the outgoing President of ASLEC-ANZ.
Dr Jennifer Hamilton
University of New England
Jennifer Mae Hamilton is a feminist environmental humanities scholar with formal training in literary studies. Her first book, This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) investigates the dynamic role of the storm in this iconic play. Her current research and writing continues this interest in weather, bodies, emotions and the politics of representation. Her most recent sole-authored publications are in Shakespeare Bulletin (36.3) and JASAL (18.1), and co-authoring with Astrida Neimanis, you can find work in Environmental Humanities (10.2), Feminist Review (118.1) and The Goose (17.1). She is currently a lecturer in English literary studies at the University of New England, Armidale and incoming President of ASLEC-ANZ for 2021-2022.
Artist and researcher working across art, ceramics, earthen architecture, sculpture and interests in the environmental humanities, situated practices, human geography and material politics.
Dr Nicholas Holm
Nicholas Holm is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Massey University, Wellington. While the majority of his research explores the political role of popular culture, but he also a long-standing interest in overlooked and derided forms of nonhuman life and has written on squirrels, possums and feral cats.
Environmental and blue humanities researcher, interested in whaling, shark hunting, and oil history. Twitter: https://twitter.com/_sadiesaid
Prof. Ingrid Horrocks
Ingrid Horrocks is a travel writer, essayist, poet, and literary scholar, who moves between critical work and creative writing. She did a PhD in Romantic-period literary culture at Princeton University and her scholarly work includes the monograph on the history of women’s mobilities with CUP. More recently she has brought her interests in the political aesthetics of mobilities and ecologies into an Aotearoa New Zealand context, with a focus on historical and contemporary nonfiction. Her creative publications are always deeply in conversation with her critical work and include, Where We Swim, a book the blends memoir, essay, travel and nature writing, published in New Zealand and Australia in 2021, two poetry books, and a co-edited collection of essays, Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand. She is a Professor in Creative Writing at Massey University, where she teaches courses on eco-fictions and non-fiction.
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Dr Linda Knight
Linda specialises in critical and speculative arts practice. Linda is also a methodologist, she devised ‘Inefficient Mapping’ as a methodological protocol for projects informed by ‘post-‘ theories. In her role as Associate professor at RMIT University, Australia Linda creates transdisciplinary projects across early childhood, creative practice, and digital media. Linda is Director of the Mapping Future Imaginaries research network, an international group of artists, academics, designers, and industry specialists exploring ideas about our future lives and the world.
Mapping Future Imaginaries: https://mappingfutureimaginaries.com/
Angela Kilford,Te Whanau A Kai, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu is an artist, designer, and researcher living in Wellington. Kilford’s inspiration comes from Māori concepts and knowledge and her research interests include memory of place, textiles and materiality. These ideas are expressed through writing, performance, large scale public installations and walking.
University of New South Wales
Dr Nanda Jarosz
University of Sydney
I am a multi-lingual researcher from the University of Sydney and I work in environmental aesthetics and ethics. I research the history and ongoing efficacy of intangible cultural values to environmental conservation and action on climate change. I work with literature, nature writing, and philosophy that exists at the intersection between science and culture in lived experiences of the natural world. I have written for The Conversation and The Sydney Environment Institute and am passionate about communicating my research to the broader public to consolidate a better imaginative understanding of climate change.
University of Auckland, University of Copenhagen
After a long practice as a curator of performance and visual art in Aotearoa/New Zealand I am studying spatial practices, curatorial acts, relations of commoning, land justice, ngahere/forest health and community governance.
I am a writer interested in the intersection of poetry and the contemporary crises of this world.
I am an artist and PhD candidate based in Perth, Australia. My art practice addresses specific slippages and errors – in art and the natural sciences – which continue to define the ways in which the environment is perceived in contemporary Western culture. Drawing from current continental philosophy and interdisciplinary discourse, I investigate the prevailing division between the inorganic and organic. I make sculpture, assemblage, audio-video, photography, painting and undertake durational performance in order to articulate my experience of Land. The methodology I engage involves journeys into geographically remote areas in Western Australia. By proposing an alternate point of view, my artwork aims to question the established metaphors used in the imaginary of the geologic.
Prof. Elizabeth Leane
University of Tasmania
My background is in literary studies, with focus areas in place, space and literature; literature and environment; human-animal studies; travel and tourism cultures; and the relationship between literature and science (I have a BSc in Physics). I am interested in building bridges between disciplines, and particularly in bringing the insights of the humanities to the study of the Antarctic region. My publications include the monographs South Pole: Nature and Culture (Reaktion 2016), Antarctica in Fiction (Cambridge 2012) and Reading Popular Physics (Ashgate 2007), and the co-edited collections Performing Ice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and Anthropocene Antarctica (Routledge 2019). I am a former Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow and and currently Arts and Literature editor of The Polar Journal.
Dr Kristen Lang
Kristen Lang’s most recent collection of poetry, Earth Dwellers, was published by Giramondo in 2021. Kristen lives in north-west Tasmania, Australia, and is working on ways to use poetry as a cultural response to the Anthropocene. Kristen’s SkinNotes (Walleah Press) and The Weight of Light (Five Islands Press) were published in 2017.
My doctoral research is in the field of environmental humanities, informed by material ecocriticism. I am working on my regeneration of the imaginaries of water, plants, food and waste through human and more-than-human forms of communication as experienced in two permacultural sites.
University of Wollongong
I’m a writer, interested in finding ways to represent the lived experience of climate change. Particular interests include: animals in the Anthropocene, Ocean and coastal spaces/places, writing with Country.
Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic
My PhD thesis “Closer Relations: art, climate change, interdisciplinarity and the Anthropocene” (Department of History and Art History, University of Otago, 2018) presented a trajectory of the art histories of art and climate change. I co-curated with Pam Mckinlay an exhibition on the Anthropocene, The Complete Entanglement of Everything, in 2020 at the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, NZ. I have been Head of School, Dunedin School of Art, 2019-2021, and previously.
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I am interested in the ways creative nonfiction in an Australian context might situate ‘the narrating self’ in the posthuman turn to develop ecocultural identities that readdress dominant cultural/colonising constructions of discursive landscapes. My research focuses on how theoretically informed and heterogeneous creative works occupy an emergent zone where experimentation with narration, transdisciplinarity, language and form might lead to new ways of conceiving “diverse imaginaries” and encourage human “situatedness” in “biosemiotic” narratives. My Masters research more specifically focuses on how creative nonfiction might use the narrative strategies of modal patterning to develop a unified ecocultural identity and voice.
Dr Laura McLauchlan
Laura McLauchlan is a multispecies ethnographer and anthropologist of hedgehogs, kindness, and the role of participation (broadly imagined) in (multispecies) individual and collective/ environmental wellness. Rummaging in the (cultural & literal) shadows for the good stuff.
Dr Caroline McCaw
Otago Polytechnic School of Design
Dr Caro McCaw is Associate Professor in Communication Design at Otago Polytechnic, at the mouth of a harbour where whales would shelter, in the southeast of Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest island. She investigates how landscapes, local knowledge, and regional cultures can be reconsidered through creative and collaborative social practice.
Dr Grace Moore
University of Otago
University of Melbourne / University of Canberra
Alanna teaches in the Media and Communications program at University of Melbourne and also works as a research assistant to two ARC-funded research projects at University Canberra. Her research focuses on journalism, environmental communication and settler-colonial studies, with a particular interest in place and place-making around issues of mining and development. She is Managing Coordinator of ASLEC-ANZ and previously served as Newsletter Editor and Postgraduate Representative.
University of Wollongong
My research revolves around contemporary poetry, with a particular interest in ecopoetics.
Dr. Leonie Ngahuia Mansbridge
Dr Leonie Ngahuia Mansbridge, Ngāti Maniapoto, story-teller and multi-disciplinary Māori artist living in Fremantle Western Australia. landscape is her principal genre; she identifies to the land through her culture giving deep insight into contemporary cultural art. Abstracting the land, exaggerating the colours, is her way to engage.
Dr Hanne Nielsen
University of Tasmania
Dr Hanne Nielsen specialises in representations of Antarctica in popular culture, including the “Antarctic imaginaries” that manifest in cultural production. Her research focusses on representations of Antarctica in popular media, including in theatre and advertising material; polar tourism; and Antarctica as a workplace.
Prof. Hamoud Yahya Ahmed Mohsen
Sultan Idris Education University
Hamoud Yahya Ahmed Mohsen is currently an associate Professor of Literature and Environment. His research lies in Literature and Environment, notably eco-poetry, environmental studies, ecocriticism, Postcolonial Literature in English and Arabic. He has written one book (Palestinian Ecoresistance in the Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish). Hamoud has published many articles on several literary writers worldwide and has taught courses including Critical theory, World Literature, Poetry, Drama, Novel, Short Story and Research Methodology at Under and Post graduate levels.
Waipapa Taumata Rau
I’m a Brazilian dance, research & performance artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau interested in relational practices and dance in other contexts, aka choreography in the expanded field. I research art residencies as manifestation, sustaining and fostering of invitations for hovering in togetherness and I have been looking at invitation as poétics of making-thinking rearrangements within time(s) and space(s) of coexistence. I am interested in collaborations that operate cross-disciplinarily, cross-culturally, cross-abilities, cross-species, cross-matter, cross-compositionally.
I am a postgraduate Environmental Humanities student at UNSW. My research explores the more-than-human relations bound up in regenerative agriculture in NSW. The project contextualises the emergence of a new-Australian land ethic in the context of the ongoing Settler State.
Columbia University, University of California—Santa Cruz
Melody Nixon is a Kiwi-American writer and academic. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University, where she teaches creative writing. She is also a PhD Candidate in History of Consciousness at the University of California—Santa Cruz, where her research lies at the intersections of contemporary U.S. poetry, race and ethnicity studies, and aesthetic theory. She was a 2020-2021 Visiting Scholar at Victoria University of Wellington.
Dr Emily O'Gorman
Emily O’Gorman is an environmental historian with interdisciplinary research interests within the environmental humanities. Her is primarily concerned with contested knowledges within broader cultural framings of authority, expertise, and landscapes. Currently a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University, she holds PhD from ANU and undertook a postdoctoral candidacy at the University of Wollongong. She is the author of Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin (2012) and co-editor of Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand (2014, with James Beattie and Matthew Henry) and Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History (2015, with Beattie and Edward Melillo).
University of Auckland and NIWA
Gabby O’Connor’s art practice explores the interconnections between human relationships and understandings of the natural world. O’Connor’s current practice based PhD research is transdisciplinary, collaborative and involve working with scientists and communities to make connections between marine science, climate and place, through art. Sometimes the best way to describe the research is as: Social art, social science: transdisciplinary collaboration and the ecologies of everything. Gabby O’Connor is currently exhibiting at The Dowse Art Musem https://dowse.org.nz/exhibitions/detail/solo-2021 and is planning to submit her PhD project The Unseen in early 2022. http://gabbyoconnor.squarespace.com/
Dr. Perdita Phillips
Perdita is a contemporary artist and researcher. Working across media, recurrent themes of attention to ecological processes and a commitment to a resensitisation to the physical environment are apparent in her practice. Her current work addresses how we can be ‘both’ and ‘and’ at the same time: the role of complicity in social-ecological systems and how to maintain a contingent – yet effective – position as an artist, consumer and great ape. She is interested in transdisciplinary collaborations around the aesthetics of care, drains and subterranean ecologies, decolonisation and Australian ecosystems, anticipatory archives, geological materiality, mining landscapes, speculative ecological thought and disaster recovery.
Dr Justine Philip
My work looks at the impact of agrochemical farming system on biodiversity, and the marginalisation of cultural keystone species including the Australian dingo.
Dr Julieanna Preston
durational live art material agency practice + discourse on contemporary notions of animism in relation to indigenous world views sound as a registration of emotive, political interaction weather, rocks, water, flesh sensing non-binary liveness, withness, following performance writing, art-writing, spatial practices love as a spectrum of pain and pleasure
Emily Potter is a literary and cultural studies scholar with an enduring interest in the intersection of place-making and storytelling, particularly in the context of post-colonial cities and extra-urban environments. She has researched and written widely on the material effects of storytelling practices and the implication of colonial imaginaries and narratives in the generation of climate crisis. Her work is collaborative and community-based, including a recently awarded Special Research Initiative ARC project (with collaborators Brigid Magner, RMIT and Torika Bolatagici, Deakin) focused on the literary history of the Mallee region of Victoria, which works with local Mallee readers to understand the how storytelling in place informs diverse cultures of local inhabitation and connection. She is a convenor of the Swedish-Australian network of scholars and artists, The Shadow Places Network, which explores the connected impacts of colonial-capitalist cultures across these countries.
Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington
I have been a PhD candidate with the Centre for Science in Society, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington in Aotearoa NZ since June 2021. I am tauiwi (Slovenia) and completed a Masters in social, cultural and environmental anthropology at the University of Zurich 20 years earlier. My research interests in environmental humanities are diverse, currently with a focus on ecofeminist perspectives and multispecies ethnography, environmental anthropology, philosophy and law. This thinking journey is unfolding in the wider context of human/plant relationships, and more specifically in the context of restoration ecology and conservation, expressions of kinship and care between plants, humans, other Earth beings and their connections with the wider institutional framework.
Dr Greg Pritchard
Dr Greg Pritchard is an inter- and multi-disciplinary artist with a long history as theatre maker, performance artist, writer (in many genres), and a digital media, installation, and conceptual artist. He has worked independently and as part of various collectives and partnerships to produce works that range in scale, from solo shows on salt lakes and golf courses to producing the giant community engaged celebratory spectacles of Nati Frinj, Artlands Dubbo 2016 and Poppet Bendigo 2018. His personal performances deal with philosophical, political and environmental issues. He is an experienced teacher and arts administrator, and has a Doctorate in Literature and Environmental Philosophy (Deakin) and a Masters in Art (Art in Public Space – RMIT).
Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington
I convene a Poetry and Creative Nonfiction MA Workshop at the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Creative Writing at Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington. As a poet and creative nonfiction writer myself, I am interested in art-science collaborations, and am a cofounder of the interdisciplinary event Mataora: Encounters Between Medicine and the Arts, first held in Wellington in 2019. Published collaborations include: Are Angels OK? The Parallel Universes of New Zealand Writers and Scientists, Victoria University Press, 2006; Transit of Venus / Venustransit (an anthology of German and NZ poetry in response to the Transit of Venus), Victoria University Press, 2016; The Lobster’s Tale (with photographer Bruce Foster), Massey University Press, 2021.
Dr Susan Pyke
University of Melbourne
Susan Pyke teaches creative writing, literature and environmental studies at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Animal Visions: Posthumanist Dream Writing (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) and the general editor of Swamphen, ASLEC-ANZ’s biennial journal. Sue is currently working on a longer piece that responds to the tiger snakes of the Stony Rises in Djargurd wurrung country and is also struggling to write some kind of memoir that does justice to her mother’s storytelling. For publication details see https://unimelb.academia.edu/
Dr Jo Pollitt
Edith Cowan University
Jo Pollitt is an interdisciplinary artist and postdoctoral research fellow at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Her work is grounded in a twenty-year practice of working with dance improvisation as methodology across multiple performed, choreographic and publishing platforms. Jo is co-founder of the feminist research collective The Ediths, artist-researcher with #FEAS Feminist Educators Against Sexism, and core member of ECU’s Centre for People Place & Planet. She is co-director of BIG Kids Magazine (since 2010) and her book The dancer in your hands was published in 2020.
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Dr. Iris Ralph
English Department, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU Canberra; Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia, Canberra AND Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm.
I am naturalcultural geographer interested in the issues of colonisation, ‘race’ and gender as it relates to land in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Philosophically I am devoted to the work of Donna Haraway but also draw on the work of Karen Barad, Sarah Whatmore, Sara Ahmed and Helene Cixous. I also love to write academic work creatively and hence draw on a lot of fiction and poetry, Janet Frame being my most treasured author.
Prof. Kate Rigby
University of Cologne
My research is situated within the transdisciplinary field of Environmental Humanities at the intersection of ecocritical and cultural-historical literary, philosophical and religious studies. I am particularly interested in European Romanticism, ecopoetics, multispecies/ extinction studies, disaster studies, and decolonial Australian Studies.
Dr Janine Randerson
I am interested in the more-than-human and ecological art. I am an artist and writer from Aotearoa New Zealand. My moving image installation works are exhibited in the Asia-Moana region and internationally. I often practices in collaboration with community groups, mana whenua, and environmental scientists from urban meteorologists to glaciologists. My book “Weather as Medium: Toward a Meteorological Art” (MIT Press, 2018) focuses on modern and contemporary artworks that engage with our present and future weathers. I am also a LASER talk chair (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) and an Associate Professor in Art and Design at AUT University, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.
I am doing a practice-led PhD at RMIT, Melbourne. My research is an eco/hydro feminist dive into emotions, interspecies contact and women’s situated knowledge in small boat fishing communities in the North Atlantic. Broadly, I create immersive and ephemeral site-specific works using sound, film, photography and textiles to explore placemaking, labour and ritual, empathy, strange ecologies and ocean imaginaries. I often collaborate with other artists and musicians. Recent works include creating ways to share space and communicate with seals and other pinnipeds, and the mythology of the woman-fish hybrid.
Killian Quigley is Research Fellow at ACU’s Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences in Melbourne. He earned his PhD in English at Vanderbilt, where he specialized in the relationship between natural history and the aesthetics of spectacle in eighteenth-century Britain and France. He was subsequently awarded a postdoc at the Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney. His primary works reside at the intersections of the environmental humanities, literary studies, the history and philosophy of science, and aesthetic theory. His first book manuscript, The Vast Unseen Mansions of the Deep: Submerged Poetics, 1600-1820, examines the figures of sea-going and submersion in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English poetry in relation to histories of salvage and submarine science. Another ongoing project, Waves and Places, works between narratology and geographic theory to explore literatures of sea-level rise, with a special focus on the status of oceanic—and more broadly liquid—place. Killian’s third primary research enterprise addresses shipwrecks and other sea-bottom stuff, asking how the histories drowned things tell are inflected by multispecies encrustations and other growths. At the Sydney Environment Institute, Killian was research leader for the Unsettling Ecological Poetics and Ocean Ontologies projects. He is an Associate of the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South research group. In 2019, he was Researcher in Residence with Underwater New York and Works on Water.
Dr Kimberley Satchell
I am concerned with the general area of the Anthropocene, considering intelligent and practical responses paramount to any creative practice and participation in everyday life. Coastal culture in particular surfing is the site of my inquiry germane to a multi-species ethnography and articulation of generative relations with the living world. I rely upon an ethical injunction to live simply and poetically providing a model for creative pedagogy and spirituality attuned and aligned with the forces of the earth and cosmos in keeping with a range of traditions of nature-based and ancient wisdom calibrated to 21st Century dilemmas and conditions. I am currently accumulating a body of work of visual art (drawing and painting) complementing previous research, teaching and scholarship. Thank you in advance for any interest and inquiries feel free to contact by email: kimbillieseashell[at]gmail.com
Sorensen’s research develops and examines the efficacy of embodied relational research to elicit experiential and imaginative encounters within human-nonhuman cohabitation in the urban environment. Working from a small suburban section In Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland, it re-examines the mundane interactions of suburban life as a site of a complex network of human-nonhuman interrelationship and radical entanglement. Through engaging a methodology that is in equal parts practical and imaginative, it investigates the possibility that attending to daily interactions with an attitude of respectful care and unconditional receptivity can lead to an embodied and conceptual understanding of these relationships that exceed anthropocentric norms. The research engages multi-entity interactions and agentic interplays, interweaving domestic cohabitation, immersive video installation, participatory dwelling-spaces and dialogic events, and engages with domestic space, gallery, conference and festival.
My interest lies in how things of the world intend beyond themselves and towards us, and how we find ourselves involved, often under duress, in a larger array of relations. My interest is in how things show up as entwined, often resisting any hierarchical intention, presenting in such a way as always related to something outside itself. My interest lies in how the language of ecopoetry itself makes a claim on us, and its relation to relation. My interest lies in not just what language is related to, but that there is relation in the first place.
Dr Belinda Smaill
Belinda Smaill is an Associate Professor in Film and Screen Studies. Her research focuses on women and cinema and documentary studies and Australian film and television. She is currently working on a project that explores the relationship between documentary film, television and online media and the changing Australian environment. It focuses on how screen culture has produced environmental knowledge over time, whether in relation to petro or hydro cultures, biodiversity, activism or climate science. Her work understands these questions in relation to the specificity of colonial histories and the geophysical and ecological qualities of the Australian continent as well as globalising modernity. She is the lead investigator of the Australian Research Council funded project titled “Remaking the Australian Environment through Documentary Film and Television.”
Dr Philip Steer
My research explores the intersections of literary culture, economics, and environments in colonial New Zealand and Australia.
Dr Umme Salma
University of Queensland
My research interests lies in English and World Literatures in English, Bangladeshi Literature in English, Migration, transculturation, agency, women and gender, Islam and society, environmental humanities and digital humanities.
James Cook University
I am a creative writing researcher with an interest in the wet tropics of north-eastern Australia. As such, my research ventures into literary regionalism, ecocriticism, pastoralism, and other areas of study where humans engage with non-human nature or where the non-anthropocentric dominates.
Dr Nien Schwarz
Edith Cowan University
I taught environmental art at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia for 18 years. I’m retired with an honorary position in the School of Arts and Humanities. For 40 years I cooked for remote geoscience mapping and sampling expeditions. My multidisciplinary arts practice provokes consideration of human relationships to the underground. I trace material relationships between consumer demand and the origins of raw materials that support our (wasteful) lifestyle choices. I’m a member of the bush-based artist collective We Must Get Together Some Time. Our making echoes the essence of place. I handbuild clay, ceramic glazes and paints, and cast vessels from my body, using mineral matter sourced from mines, labs, puddles. My craftivist geotextiles, with embroidered texts, echo Anthropogenic concerns. I sew site-specific activist garments and handweave pieces inspired by map legends. I’m always asking: “Why are we not building respectful and truly sustainable relationships with Earth?
Rowan University, US
Elizabeth Shores is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator whose practice uses multi-sited transnational methods of collaborative design to study the language of empire in material culture.
Dr John Stockfeld
John is an environmental philosopher and earth scientist with interdisciplinary interests centered around the phenomenology of environmental valuing and environmental ethics. His interests encompass the articulation of landscape in word and image, weaving in the role of gesture and the middle voice, deep time and the geological history of landscapes.
I am a poet with a strong interest in the natural world, and ways of thinking that may include the more-than-human.
Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington
I am a Brazilian multidisciplinary artist and researcher based in Wellington, New Zealand. I am currently doing a PhD in Anthropology at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. My current interests are political and ontological radicalisms in Latin American art pieces.
Auckland University of Technology
Shelley Simpson is a visual artist based in Aotearoa, New Zealand. She is currently a PhD candidate at Auckland University of Technology, School of Art and Design. Simpson’s creative practice is an enquiry into the way in which matter – the material and non-material that makes up the world – is densely storied. Through listening to, and participating in such stories of earthly matter, she works to deepen the way in which we, as humans, can become aware of how embedded and embodied we are in complex material, more-than-human interactions. Simpson’s visual art outcomes include sculpture, installation, video, audio and images including photographs and non-lens based imaging such as cyanotypes. Her material exploration often borrows from science and industry, including metallurgy and scientific microscope imaging, with the intention not to know more, but to know differently.
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Adam Art Gallery
Sophie Thorn is the Collections Curator, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery. She has recently curated the exhibition ‘Listening Stones Jumping Rocks’ with Susan Ballard (20.11.21-27.03.22). She holds a Master of Arts in Art History and Theory from the University of Canterbury and a Diploma in Law and Collections Management through the London Institute of Art Law. She studied Heritage Materials Science through the Physical Sciences department at Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington and at the Chemical Institute of Technology in Prague, Czech Republic. She has held positions at the Canterbury Museum, Experience Wellington, and Te Manawa Museums Trust. She has been with Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery since 2014.
Dr. Thom Van Dooren
Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities
My research and writing focuses on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and conservation. My most recent books are Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (Columbia University Press, 2014), and Making Worlds with Crows: A Multispecies Ethics (Columbia University Press, forthcoming). More information on my work is available at: www.thomvandooren.org.
Dr Orchid Tierney
Kenyon College, USA
My research focuses on waste and waste management, atmospheric pollution, ecocriticism, and anglophone poetry and poetics.
Dr Victoria Team
Victoria is Research Fellow at Monash Partners. She is engaging with Monash Partners health services to enhance pressure injury surveillance through more effective capture of data. Victoria trained as a medical doctor in Europe and practiced in Africa for almost 10 years. Since completing her doctorate, she has been involved in research in women’s health and, lately, in the field of wound management. She coordinates an NHMRC-funded project in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, focusing on the translation of evidence-based practice in venous leg ulcer management into general practices in Victoria. Victoria is Treasurer of ASLEC-ANZ.
Dr Linda Williams
A cultural historian with a background in social & critical theory, Williams works in the environmental humanities and studies in human-animal relations with a focus on how histories of the longue durée continue to shape responses to the present day crises of climate change and species extinction. Her research in cultural and environmental history investigates the status of the nonhuman world in western art & thought, particularly in European ideas of nature from 17th century early modernity. This focus includes the question of how the arts, science and processes of globalisation have shaped the affective & material practices of everyday life . Williams leads the AEGIS research network for the arts and ecology and is a former President of ASLEC-ANZ.
University of Queensland
I’m currently working my way (slowly) through the Master of Communication, Social Change at UQ, whilst also juggling full time work as the QLD & Northern NSW Account Manager for NewSouth Books. I’m hoping to one day, in the not-too-distant future, study a PhD in environmental literature and/or communication. I’d love to explore the different ways in which environmental issues are portrayed through different kinds of literature and the impact this has on perceptions of environmental issues in society, particularly in relation to complex environmental issues such as climate change.
Dr Tom Wilson
University of Western Australia
I have written an ecocritical study of the works of John Fowles, and an environmental history and landscape memory of Western Australia. My current research interest is a cultural history of the concept of rewilding ourselves, starting about five centuries ago in Western Europe. I’m also interested in classical Chinese landscape poetry.
I have just completed my Bachelor of Maori visual arts at Toioho ki Apiti Massey. I’m interested in how I make impacts on my descendants world, so explore using sustainable materials and methods when creating.
Dr Deborah Wardle
My research crosses the disciplines of creative writing and hydrogeology. Storying the voices of groundwater merges literatures and sciences through narrative.
I am a writer and researcher living in NW part of WA. One half of Heart of Hearts, a small press dedicated to artist publications and exhibition catalogues. I am also one half of an ongoing research project, Ecological Gyre Theory, which has seen work published in e-flux, art+Australia, On_Culture and Unlikely Journal, with other publication outcomes currently under peer review. EGT has presented their work at conferences nationally and internationally, and exhibited in Australian artist run spaces.
Prof. Janet Wilson
University of Northampton
My research interests are in the postcolonial and diaspora writing and visual culture of New Zealand and Australia; transnationalism, post 9/11 fiction, literature and globalisation, refugee writing, poverty and precarity, ecocriticism, literary modernism.
Dr Jessica White
Jessica White is the author of the novels A Curious Intimacy (2007) and Entitlement (2012) and a hybrid memoir, Hearing Maud (2019). Her essays, short stories and poems have appeared widely in Australian and international literary journals and have been shortlisted or longlisted for prizes. Jessica is also the recipient of funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts and has undertaken residencies in Tasmania and Rome. She is currently based at The University of Queensland where she is writing an ecobiography of Western Australia’s first female scientist, 19th century botanist Georgiana Molloy. Jessica is the Newsletter Editor for ASLEC-ANZ.
Jessica Wilson is an American writer based in Wellington, working on a hybrid memoir about landscape, performance, narrative, and long-distance hiking. Her work has appeared in Best Travel Writing, Best Women’s Travel Writing, and more. She holds an MFA from Iowa and is presently a PhD candidate at Victoria University.
Mr Keith Wood
Ngati Rangi, Whanganui, Ngai Tahu
Keith Wood (Ngāti Rangi, Whanganui, Ngai Tahu) is an iwi environmental and conservation advocate for waterways within the Ngati Rangi rohe. Keith and his wife Mercia help people rediscover and restore their connection with the natural world and our waterways, reconnecting the reciprocal “Aroha” between our Taiao and humanity.
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Living at the South Island’s northern coastal edge, David Young is a conservation historian engaged in environmental restoration. Environmental journalism exposed him to Maori freshwater traditions – gradually up-ending his world view and giving rise to such books as Faces of the River: New Zealand’s living water (1986) and Woven by Water: Histories from the Whanganui River (Huia, 1998). A Creative New Zealand–Fulbright at the University of Hawaii enabled his latest publication Wai Pasifika – Indigenous Ways in a Changing Climate [Otago University Press November 2021]. His focus is on indigenous voices in the Pacific, his lens fresh-water. It builds on 50 years of environmental writing in journalism, research papers, television documentaries, essays and 10 books. These include Our Islands, Our Selves: A history of conservation in New Zealand, Whio:: Saving New Zealand’s endangered blue duck and Rivers: New Zealand’s shared legacy. www.davidyoungwriter.com