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Associate Professor 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; Joint Winner AANZEHN Environmental History Book Prize 2023; Nautilus Book Awards Silver Winner – 06. Ecology & Environment 2022; Finalist 2023 ALSE Creative Writing Book Award), 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). 


I have convented units on environment and society, environmental justice in the Anthropocene, and theory and methods in research. 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.

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, Australian National University

Award Date: 11 Dec 2009


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