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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 an Associate Professor 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). She is currently the Convenor of the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Environmental History Network.


Units I convene:

GEOP2050 and GEOP6050 Environment and Society

GEOP3000 Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene

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)

Helga Simon: How do new politics and narratives emerging in cities in response to extinction, climate, and biodiversity crises represent a different way to ‘see/think/do’ the city? (PhD, Associate Supervisor)

Elisabeth Nicolson: Dancing the earth and dreaming song: the role of Aboriginal song and dance in the environmental crises (MRes, Principal Supervisor)

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

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, Australian National University

Award Date: 11 Dec 2009


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