ASLEC-ANZ member directory

Please note this directory is not complete. We hope to have all members listed in the near future, thank you for your patience

Geoffrey BerryMonash University, Melbourne..
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Dr Ruth BlairUniversity of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane.*Research/writing interests:Ecocriticism; Australian literature; American literature.Outputs and activities:“Figures of Life: Beverley Farmer’s The Seal Woman as an Australian Bioregional Novel” in Tom Lynch, Cheryll Glotfelty, Karla Armbruster, eds, The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology and Place (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2012, pp. 164-180.
Unpublished paper, ANZASA 2012: “What We Leave Behind: Exploring Multiple Environmental Legacies in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes.Contact:

Screen Shot 2013-02-24 at 20.23.08Dr Tom Bristow

Research Affiliation: ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for the History of Emotions, University of Melbourne

Research/writing interests:Tom’s research combines literary scholarship with philosophical and geographical concepts, particular in the areas of ecopoetics and literary geography. Tom is author of The Anthropocene Lyric: An Affective Geography of Poetry, Person, Planet  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).


Michael ChewResearch/writing interests:is a photographer, environmentalist and founding member of Bangladesh Peasant Solidarity Network.He has spent the last decade working to try to engage people in Melbourne to reduce our environmental and climate impacts.See more about/support his work here.
 CA CranstonDR CA Cranston

Dr CA. Cranston is co-editor  of The Littoral Zone: Australian Contexts and their Writers (Rodopi 2007) and of a place-based collection Along These Lines: From Trowenna to Tasmania (Cornford 2000). She spent eighteen years as a military brat in occupied territories; migrated three times to two different countries, and lives now on an almost self-sufficient micro ‘farm’, in Tasmania, where she taught at the University for seventeen years. She is on the Advisory Board of the Indian Journal of Ecocriticism. Her qualifications are in literature (University of Tasmania), and media (University of Texas).


 Louise Crisp is a poet and environmental activist who has written extensively on the Snowy River.
Charles DawsonDr Charles Dawson Wellington, New Zealand*Research/writing interests:Charles continues to be fascinated by human responses to rivers, and the metaphorical response to hydroelectric projects.
 Andrew Denton is a film and video artist who works with both digital and analogue media. He is a Senior Lecturer, postgraduate strand leader for digital design, and programme leader for the Art and Design honours degree, at AUT University, in Auckland, New Zealand.Research interests:His research on curriculum development and delivery specializes in art and ecology, and cinema. <>
s edwardsSarah Edwards holds a Masters in Fine Art from RMIT, a Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne, and she is currently undertaking a PhD in Fine Art at RMIT working with the natural science collections at Museum Victoria.Contact:
Hilary ElfickHilary Elfick Freelance writer, UK, New Zealand, Australia*Contact: hilary.elfick@gmail.comMore info
Anne ElveyDr Anne Elvey Monash University and MCD University of Divinity*Research/writing interests:I am a researcher and poet with interests in ecological criticism, theology, biblical literature and ecopoetics.Contact:,
a espethAmy Espeseth lectures in the creative writing and publishing programme at the North Melbourne Institute of Technology. She is particularly interested in creative writing, small and independent publishing and nature writing (especially the evolution of the pastoral in creative nonfiction and poetry).Contact:
Dr Rebecca GiggsWriter and Academic*Research/writing interests:Rebecca Giggs is an essayist and fiction writer, whose work predominantly deals with environmental themes. She is based in Sydney.More info
l fischer Luke Fischeris a scholar and poet. He has held positions at universities in the US and Germany and currently lives in Sydney (where he also grew up).Research/writing interests:His research focusses on transdisciplinary connections between poetry and philosophy, and he is particularly interested in the traditions of romanticism (broadly conceived) and phenomenology. In 2008 he received his PhD from the University of Sydney for his thesis on Rilke and phenomenological philosophy. He has published articles, poetry and translations in Australian and international journals and is currently completing several academic and creative book projects (including a volume co-edited with David Macauley on the seasons and environmental philosophy, forthcoming with SUNY Press)
cathy_fitz01Cathy Fitzgerald (MFA)

Cathy Fitzgerald is a rural-based experimental filmmaker / visual artist with a background originally in research microbiology. Born in New Zealand she has lived in Ireland since 1996. She is presently a Visual Culture PhD candidate at the National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin, Ireland.Research/writing interests: Her practice-thesis transdisciplinary eco art project involves and traverses; new to Ireland, non clearfell continuous cover forest methods, experimental film-making, writing, eco-philosophy, national forest policy development (she succeeded in getting continuous cover forestry as the key point in the new Irish Green Party Forest policy (2012) and the adoption that The Green Party of Ireland and Northern Ireland recognise that a crime of ecocide (the long term destruction of ecosystems by man) be supported in international law (2013) . Cathy’s work is centered and informed by the small conifer plantation community in which she lives, in County Carlow, Ireland.Thesis working title: Beyond ecocide toward deep sustainability: stories from a small Irish forestContact:
Susan HawthornDr Susan HawthornAdjunct Professor, Writing Program, Department of Humanities, School of Arts & Social Sciences, James Cook University,Townsville, QUEENSLAND 4810*Contact: info
Lesley InstoneDr Lesley Instone Geography and Environmental Studies,
SELS, Social Sciences Building,
University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW 2308*Research/writing interests:My research explores the entanglements of humans, nonhumans, belonging and colonialism that constitute cultures of Australian natures.Contact: info
Deborah JordanDeborah Jordan

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Deborah has worked as researcher, professional historian, writer and teacher in the university, government and private sectors – in local history, maritime heritage, disabilities, cultural heritage, Queensland women’s history and so on. Publications include The World of Work in South Australia, East Coast Shipwrecks and The Independent Schools of South Australia. She contributed to Onkaparinga Heritage and has written and reviewed widely in women’s history and the environment.Contact:
 Burcu Kayisci is a PhD candidate at Monash University, Australia. Her research topic is the rhetoric of comic apocalypse in contemporary literature which she approaches from a comparative perspective. Her other areas of interest are utopian and dystopian literature, multiculturalism and identity politics.
Dr Virginia Lowe has lectured in English and children’s literature at Deakin and the ACU. She has published extensively. Stories, Pictures and Reality: Two Children Tell (Routledge 2007) is based on a diary she kept of her two children’s responses to books from birth to adolescence, as are her three academic papers. For the past fifteen years she has helped adults to write and illustrate children’s books through Create a Kids’ Book –
 Thomas LynchThomas Lynch Associate Professor, English Department, University of Nebraska, Lincoln*Contact: tplynch2@gmail.comMore info
 a macdonaldAnna MacDonald is in the final year of a PhD in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University, Australia. She is engaged in a consideration of space and the poetic imagination in the prose works of W. G. Sebald.
 k mcmanusKarla McManus is a PhD student in the Interuniversity programme in Art History at Concordia University, Montreal where she also teaches as a part-time lecturer. Her research focuses on the presentation and reception of photography as environmentalist and the intersection of meaning and context in contemporary photographic art and visual culture. Karla is a 2010 recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her most recent publication, “Objective Landscapes: The Mediated Evidence of Repeat Photography” can be found in the Spring 2011 issue of Revue Intermédialités.
a milnerAndrew Milneris Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Monash University. His publications include John Milton and theEnglish Revolution (1981), Postmodern Conditions (1990), Cultural Materialism (1993), Class (1999), Re-Imagining Cultural Studies(2002), Contemporary Cultural Theory (2002), Literature, Culture and Society (2005), Tenses of Imagination (2010) and Locating ScienceFiction (2012).
Ruth Morganhas recently joined Monash University as Lecturer in Australian History after completing her PhD at The University of Western Australia in mid-2012. Her doctoral research focussed on environmental histories of climate and water in southwest Western Australia since 1829. She is currently working on writing a monograph based on this research, and developing a new project on engineering and water in the British Empire.
Alanna Myers is a PhD candidate in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her research examines contemporary public discourses about climate change and environmentalism in light of inherited cultural representations of ‘nature’, with a special interest in the Romantic period. Her work focuses particularly on the contested role of the ‘picturesque’ landscape or pristine ‘wilderness’ in climate change mitigation and adaptation campaigns.
h nankinHarry Nankinis an Australian educator, photographer and environmental artist. His practice focuses on the contested meanings ascribed to Nature/nature in the midst of ecological crisis, a quest he describes as the search for an ‘ecological gaze’. He is the author of two award-winning books about the Australian high country. He is the recipient of multiple grants from the Australia Council and Arts Victoria and his work has been exhibited, reviewed and collected on three continents. His practice-led research project Gathering Shadows: landscape, photography and the ecological gaze explores how an ecopoetics of place resonant of deep time and tragedy might be created through photography used as a tactile, plastic and optical medium. Harry Nankin teaches at RMIT University in Melbourne. He is represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery.
 e nicolettiEmma Nicoletti is a PhD candidate studying English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her thesis focuses on the science fiction novels of British author Jeff Noon, and their representation of the relation between the human and nonhuman in post-industrial cultures dominated by virtual reality technologies. Emma is one of ASLEC-ANZ’s post-graduate student
 z pericZheljana Peric (BASocSc, PGDip Psych)is studying for a PhD at The Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology at Monash University, exploring how astrological archetypes can be applied to an understanding of social and personal contexts. Ms Peric is currently a Research Associate for the Weed’s Network, Monash University.
p phillipsPerdita Phillips is a Western Australian environmental artist whose work incorporates underlying themes of ecological processes and a commitment to a re-sensitisation to the physical environment.2012 publications include A Simple Rain (with poet Vivienne Glance and Lethologica Press, Fieldwork with bowerbirds (Antennae) and Walk ’til you run out of water (Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts)
i ralphIris Ralphis Assistant Professor, Department of English, Tamkang University, Taiwan.Between 2006 and 2009, she taught at various institutes in Melbourne, Australia and in the Republic of Korea. Between 1998 and 2005, she was an Instructor in the English Department of the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her Ph.D. in English (2005). Recent articles by her have been published in NTU Studies in Language and Literature (National Taiwan University), Concentric (National Taiwan Normal University), and The Ecohumanist (ASLE-Taiwan). A book chapter on the phenomenon of Taiwan’s gou-mama (dog mothers) in International Perspectives in Ecofeminist Ecocriticism (Routledge) is forthcoming (2013). A book chapter on the subject of Ted Hughes and posthumanism is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan and is scheduled to be published in 2013. Dr. Ralph is currently working on a book chapter focusing on teaching English literature in the context of environmentalism in Taiwan for a book proposal titled Doing English in Asia: Global Literature and Culture.E-mail:
Helen RamoutsakiResearch PhD CandidateSchool of Arts and Social SciencesJames Cook University, Cairns, QLD 4873.
Libby RobinLibby RobinProfessor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU Canberra; Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia, Canberra  AND Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm.*Contact:
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Deborah Bird RoseProfessor Deborah Bird RoseProfessor of Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Sydney*Research/writing interests:communities at the edge of extinction is my encompassing research passion at this time.Contact: info
  Dr Patricia Rose*Research/writing interests:Nature writing, spirituality, feminism, medieval literature, and the intersections between these.Outputs and activities:
Forthcoming (October 2012):Elizabeth Moores and Patricia RoseKnowing Places: Reflections on the Sacred Book of Nature Gaia’s Ink, 2012

John RyanDr. John Ryan Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, WA Research/writing interests:His book Green Sense: The Aesthetics of Plants, Place and Language (2012) examines various cultural practices and values surrounding the indigenous vegetation of southwestern Australia. An ecological poet and philosopher, John received a Master of Arts degree in environmental philosophy from Lancaster University (UK) in 2003. He has taught units in environmental humanities and cultural studies. His poetry publications include Two with Nature (2012, Fremantle Press) and Katoomba Incantation (2011), and he is included in the anthology Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets (2013). His research has been published in the journals  Australian Humanities Review (2009), Continuum (2010), Nature and Culture (2011) and The Journal of Ecocriticism(2011).Contact:
Lorraine Shannon is an independent scholar and academic editor writing principally in the areas of human-animal studies, plant studies, and gardening. She has a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin in postcolonial literature and a non-traditional PhD in writing and ecology from UTS. She has published articles in a range of magazines and journals including the Australian Humanities Review, Philosophy Activism Nature and Island Magazine. She has also edited a collection of writings by Val Plumwood, The Eye of the Crocodile, published by ANU ePress. She is co-editor of the Australiasian Journal of Ecocriticism and a founding member of Kangaloon creative ecologies,
David Stephenson is Associate Professor and Research Coordinator at the University of Tasmania School of Art.His work has been widely exhibited in Australia and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the AGNSW (1993), ACCA (1994) and NGV (1998).His books include Visions of Heaven (2005) and Heavenly Vaults (2009).http://www.davidstephensonart.com
John Stockfield  has immersed himself in earthy matters in a variety of ways, initially by literally immersing himself in the earth as an underground mine geologist before fleeing the corporate world to study environmental philosophy. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney, during which he immersed himself in Heidegger’s phenomenology and the work of Charles Taylor. He then escaped the academic world and is currently at large in the Northern Territory scrub, which has proven to be fertile ground for exploring our conflicted relationship with the earth.
v team Victoria Team,MD, MPH, DPH,is a teaching associate at the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, and a research fellow at Mother and Child Health Research Centre, LaTrobe University. Her research interests are in the area of women’s health and she is the author of the advanced review, Social and public health effects of climate change in the ‘40 South’, recently published in WIREs Climate Change
e tsitasEvelyn Tsitas  is a PhD student in Creative Writing at RMIT University. A published author, journalist, and winner of a Scarlet Stiletto Award for Crime Fiction.Evelyn’s PhD novel on human animal hybrids was developed from her story “Xenos” which won a Dorothy Porter Award for innovation in crime fiction. Evelyn is one of ASLEC-ANZ’s post-graduate student representatives. She blogs on feminism, health, literature, popular culture and animal studies for a range of websites. Links to all these blogs, and books she is involved in, can be found
p whitePAT WHITE was born in Tapanui, New Zealand in 1944 and now lives in Gladstone in the Wairarapa, where he grows olives, writes and paints. He has published a number of collections of poetry, and poetry and essays in a wide range of periodicals in New Zealand and overseas, and has had a number of exhibitions of his paintings. After completing an MFA at Massey University in 2007, he gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University in 2009. He was awarded a 2009 Robert Lord Cottage Writers Residency and the 2010 Randell Cottage Writers Residency. His 2010 memoir How the Land Lies: of longing and belonging led to an invitation to participate in the 2011 Watermark Literary Muster. He could not attend due to volcanic ash and flight cancellations. He now hopes to attend the 2013 Muster. He was the recipient of the 2012 Seresin Landfall Residency.
Tessa Wooldridge* AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource (
UNSW CanberraContact: