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Dr Emily O’Gorman’s research is situated within environmental history, more-than-human geography, and the interdisciplinary environmental humanities, and is primarily concerned with contested knowledges within broader cultural framings of authority, expertise, and landscapes. She holds a PhD from the Australian National University and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her research has been supported by nationally competitive research grants as well as a Carson Writing Fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center, LMU, Munich from 2014-15. She is the author of Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin (2012) and Wetlands in a Dry Land: More-than-human Histories of Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin (2021), 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). She co-leads the Environmental Humanities research group at Macquarie University, was a founding Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Humanities (2012-2014) and a founding co-editor of the Living Lexicon in that journal (2014-2020).


Units I convene:

GEOP2050 and GEOP6050 Environment and Society

GEOP7000 Dialogues in Geography and Plannng

GEOP7001 Approaches in Geography and Planning


I have also made significant teaching contributions in units on environmental and planning decision making, research methods, and the environmental humanities.

Research student supervision

I am currently taking on new PhD and Master of Research students in the following research areas: more-than-human geography; more-than-human histories; environmental history; environmental humanities; multispecies studies; river and wetlands histories and futures; histories of conservation.

Current HDR students:

Harriet Narwal: Opportunities for Multi-scalar Conversation between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Urban Planning, Devlopment, and Dwelling (PhD, Principal Supervisor)

John Heydinger: Conservation in Namibia: A History of Drought, Livelihoods, and Community-Based Natural Resource Management (cotutelle PhD with University of Minnesota; MQ Principal Supervisor)

Sara Judge: Getting to Know Country: Environmental Attentiveness as Healing (PhD, Associate Supervisor)

Sally McIntyre: Listening for Huia in the Archives (MRes, Associate Supervisor)

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, Australian National University

Award Date: 3 Dec 2009


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