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Emily O’Gorman researches at the nexus of environmental history, more-than-human geography, and the broader environmental humanities. Her research focuses on how people live with rivers, wetlands, and climates. She is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University, where she coordinates the Environmental Humanities undergraduate teaching program and co-leads the Environmental Humanities research group. 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). She is also co-editor of the Living Lexicon in the journal Environmental Humanities.


Units I convene:

GEOP200 and GEOP604 Environment and Society

FOAR700 Geography and Planning, Research Frontiers I

GEOP899 Research Frontiers II


Units to which I make / have made significant teaching contributions:

GEOP380 Human Geography in Action

GEOP262 Ecological Humanities: Australians and their Environments

GEOP300 Environmental Decision Making

Research student supervision

I am currently taking on new PhD and Masters of Research students in the following research areas: more-than-human geography; 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)

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, Australian National University

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Projects 2014 2018

Research Outputs 2010 2019

Teaching the environmental humanities: international perspectives and practices

O'Gorman, E., van Dooren, T., Munster, U., Adamson, J., Mauch, C., Sorlin, S., Houston, D., Augusto Padua, J., Rigby, K., Jones, O., Motion, J., Muke, S., Chang, C., Lu, S., Jones, C., Greeg, L., Matose, F., Twidle, H., Schneider-Mayerson, M., Wiggen, B. & 1 othersJorgensen, D., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Environmental Humanities.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Wintering in the South: Birds, Place, and Flows

O'Gorman, E-A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Migrant Ecologies: Environmental Histories of the Pacific World. Melillo, E. & Jones, R. (eds.). University of Hawai'i Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Shadow waters: making Australian water cultures visible

McLean, J., Lonsdale, A., Hammersley, L., O'Gorman, E. & Miller, F., 2018, In : Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 43, 4, p. 615-629 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

cultural geography
historical geography
power relations

Swamplands: human-animal relationships in place

O'Gorman, E., 2018, Animals count: how population size matters in animal-human relations. Cushing, N. & Frawley, J. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 85-98 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Human-animal Relationship

Imagined ecologies: a more-than-human history of malaria in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, New South Wales, Australia, 1919-45

O'Gorman, E., 1 Jul 2017, In : Environmental History. 22, 3, p. 486-514 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Activities 2014 2017

  • 2 Editorial work

RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society (Journal)

Christof Mauch (Editor), Ruth Morgan (Editor), Emily O'Gorman (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Environmental humanities (Journal)

Emily O'Gorman (Editor)
2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Press / Media

Gundagai flood 1852

Emily-Aud O'Gorman


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Reimagining NSW: going beyond ‘wilderness’ and finding fresh ways to relate to our environment

Emily-Aud O'Gorman, Matthew Kearnes, Sandra Suchet-Pearson, Tanya Latty, Pascal Scherrer & Hannah E. Power


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities