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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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