Members Directory


Name Organization Research interests Contact
Arnaud BARRASArnaud Barras_aslec-anz membership PhD candidate, English Department, University of Geneva, Switzerland (2013-2014: Visiting Scholar, School of History, ANU Teaching: Poetry of the Body; Australian Aboriginal Literature; Environments of Desolation; Exploration Narratives.
Presentations: “Ecosystem of Transformation: Migration, Borders and Environmentalism in Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Hungry Tide'”; “The Aesthetics of the Tide: The Ecosystem as Matrix for Transculturation in Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Hungry Tide'”.
Geoffrey Berry Phoenix Institute of Australia Publication based on PhD – The Symbolic Quest Behind Today’s Cities of Light— and its Unintended Ecological Consequences geoff@phoenixinstitute
Dr Alexis Harley La Trobe University, Melbourne Literature and scientific thought in the nineteenth-century; poetics and biological theory; representations of species; posthumanist theory
Ruth Blair University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane. 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Unpublished paper, ANZASA 2012: “What We Leave Behind: Exploring Multiple Environmental Legacies in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes
 Bridget Sutherland  Eastern Institute of Technology Hawkes Bay  Ecology, Critical animal studies, music, literature, art history
Vanessa Bible
University of New England, Armidale, NSW. I am a PhD student looking at how changing notions of place and belonging in the Northern Rivers region of NSW have influenced attitudes and approaches towards the natural environment.
Tom BristowScreen Shot 2013-02-24 at 20.23.08 Lecturer in English literature at the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales. Tom’s research combines literary scholarship with philosophical and geographical concepts, particular in the areas of ecopoetics and literary geography.

Camille Roulière

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J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide  Spatial and Environmental Humanities, Indigenous Studies, Ethnomusicology

Michael Chew 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.
Danielle Clode Lecturer in English and Creative Writing Flinders University
Ian Clothier Electronic artist, curator, Senior Academic at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT), Director of Intercreate Research Centre ( and founding Director with Trudy Lane and Nina Czegledy of SCANZ (Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand). SCANZ is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading art, technology and culture event. Integrated systems, nonlinearity, cultural hybridity, interconnection.Thematically his projects involve notions around cultural hybridity and nonlinearity, more recently integrated systems and working with indigenous peoples. Projects have involved data sensors and web applications, robotics, socio-political data visualisation, micronation creation, augmented reality, motion sensors, online survey with data collection and installation. His written work has been published in Leonardo, Convergence and Digital Creativity and he has given many conference presentations including to Technoetic telos, Media Art Histories and The International Conference on Thinking. He has a Masters in Art and Design (Hons) from Auckland University of, ian.clothier
 Louise Boscacci University of Wollongong, Australia: PhD scholar ecology, affect, ethico-aesthetics; contemporary ecofeminism; aesthetics of the encounter; shadow places,  material objects as encounters; sound and text as witness forms
Vivienne CondrenThe Remains of the Day English Program
School of Humanities
University of Tasmania
Ecocriticism – the ethics and aesthetics of “writing in the midst of an unfolding disaster”. I am a final year PhD student and my thesis explores ecocritical perspectives on contemporary imaginative representations of Tasmanian wilderness in six novels and two films.
 Ms Laura McLauchlan  PhD candidate in social anthropology with the Environmental Humanities group at UNSW, Sydney multispecies ethnography, cosmopolitics, umwelt theory, care, emotions and conservation

Dr Sandra G Taylor

Discovery Circle Citizen Science Initiative, University of South Australia

Nature writing, human-animal relationships, urban ecology, citizen science
CA CranstonCA Cranston 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).

Fiona Edmonds Dobrijevich

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 University Technology, Sydney  Practising artist. Research interests: Oceanic Imaginary, Human/animal relations, cultural and material understandings of the ocean
Louise Crisp Poet and environmental activist Has written extensively on the Snowy River.
 Margaret Hickey PhD candidate (Creative writing) La Trobe University, Victoria Australia  Australian literature, rural issues, eco criticism, creative writing
Charles Dawson Wellington, New Zealand Charles continues to be fascinated by human responses to rivers, and the metaphorical response to hydroelectric projects.
 Andrew Dentonandrew denton Film and video artist who works with both digital and analogue media. 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 His research on curriculum development and delivery specializes in art and ecology, and cinema.
Molly Duggins
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Independent Researcher and Lecturer, Sydney I received my PhD in art history from the University of Sydney in October 2012 with a thesis on the assemblage of nature in the antipodean album. My research interests include colonial visual culture, album studies, collecting practices, and the intersection of nature and the decorative arts.  I am currently researching and writing on seaweeds and ferns in nineteenth-century colonial visual culture.
Sarah Edwardss 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. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Fine Art at RMIT working with the natural science collections at Museum Victoria.
Hilary Elfick Freelance writer, UK, New Zealand, Australia
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Anne Elvey Monash University and MCD University of Divinity I am a researcher and poet with interests in ecological criticism, theology, biblical literature and ecopoetics, http://anneelvey.
Amy Espesetha espeth 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).
Luke Fischerl fischer 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) 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 Fitzgerald
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 Scholar at the National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin, Ireland. Cathy manages the website and social media for ASLEC-ANZ. Cathy is looking at best models of eco art praxis in this age of biospheric crisis basing her work on the transformation of a conifer plantation into a permanent forest.
 Dr Tracey Benson


 Professional Associate, Institute of Applied Ecology UC Transdisciplinarity, cross-cultural knowledge, sustainability behaviour change, augmented reality, renewables


Adjunct Associate Professor Rod Giblett
School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University Transdisciplinary Environmental Humanities, especially ecocultural studies, nature writing, psychoanalytic ecology and temporal geography Website
Rebecca Giggs Writer and academic based in Sydney Rebecca Giggs is an essayist and fiction writer, whose work predominantly deals with environmental themes. More info
Phillip Gijindarraji Hall Northern Territory Department of Education: Phillip works is remote Indigenous education where he coordinates outdoor education (camps) and sport programs aimed at teaching skills in cooperative group learning, emotional resiliency, safe decision making and postcolonial environmental education. Phillip also teaches creative writing and runs programs and writing festivals aimed at encouraging Indigenous poetry. Research Interests: Postcolonial ecopoetics/ecocriticism; Australian poetry; Indigenous story and culture. Contact:
 Johanna Garnett PhD Candidate, (Environmental) Peace Studies, Humanities, UNE – Armidale Permaculture, grass roots environmental movements, food sovereignty, Myanmar, landscapes and identity
Kassandra Bossell


BA English Literature,USyd; B.Vis Arts, Sculpture,USyd; MFA(Research) Candidate UNSW Theatre, Literature, Art, the Environment
Susan Hawthorn Adjunct Professor, Writing Program, Department of Humanities, School of Arts & Social Sciences, James Cook University,Townsville, QUEENSLAND 4810 hawsu@spinifexpress.
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Lesley Instone Geography and Environmental Studies,
SELS, Social Sciences Building,
University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW 2308
My research explores the entanglements of humans, nonhumans, belonging and colonialism that constitute cultures of Australian natures. lesley.instone@
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Ian Johnstone Armidale, NSW Nature Writing 18 Australian folklore, 77-93, Nov 2003;Eric Rolls (1923-2007) 22 Australian folklore, 47-56, Nov 2007
Deborah JordanScreen Shot 2013-02-18 at 14.30.02 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.
Dorothy Kass PhD candidate at Macquarie Uni, Sydney ‘The Nature Study Idea in New South Wales: the role of Charles Tucker Musson (1856-1928) Historical Records of Australian Science, 24(2) 2013, 225-242’Big, Brave Beautiful Ideas:Nature Study in New South Wales schools, 1904-14 [podcast] dorothy.kass@students.
 Dr Michael Davis  Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney Indigenous histories and Indigenous/European encounters; environmental knowledges; environmental history, place, ecology, Indigenous rights, ethics.
Clare Archer Lean
University of the Sunshine Coast, MAROOCHYDORE DC QLD Clare is the Discipline Leader of English Literature at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Clare is interested in how eco-critical approaches might widen our understanding of significant modernist and post-modernist works of the twentieth and twenty-first century.  Clare’s past research has focused on identity and representation, particularly the motif of the non-human animal and the use re-presentation. She has book and article publications in eco-criticism, cross-cultural criticism, Australian literature, autobiography, and magic realism. Clare has recently been awarded a University of the Sunshine Coast, Seed Research Grant to fund a research project in eco-critical community reading groups. She teaches an honours course in eco-criticism.
 Dr Brigid Magner  Lecturer, RMIT University  Authorship, literary Tourism, NZ/Australian Literatures
 Associate Professor Dana Thomsen Sustainability Research Centre, Faculty of Arts, Business and Law, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia_ Dana’s sustainability research agenda is interdisciplinary and engages the disciplines of geography, environmental communication, and ecology to explore the transformation of socio-ecological relationships. Dana is particularly interested in creative forms of communication that invoke emotional connections, sustainability discourses and active responses.
 Carolyn Lewens PhD student at Monash University  Ecology and art
Sasha Matthewman
Senior Research Fellow University of Auckland Sasha is currently exploring the potential of ecocriticism to develop Education for Sustainability within English teaching. Her book Teaching Secondary English as if the Planet Matters (Routledge 2010) was the first in the series Teaching School Subjects as if the Planet Matters which she co-edits with John Morgan.Related to this she has focussed on the teaching of poetry from an ecocritical perspective and she was an invited participant in the recent ESRC seminar series Poetry Matters.Sasha has also published on digital literacies and the uses of technology within English teaching.Matthewman, S. (2012) EcoEnglish: Teaching English as if the Planet Matters. EnglishMediaDrama Vol 22 (1) 2012
Matthewman, S. (2011) Teaching Secondary English as if the Planet Matters, Abingdon and New York: Routledge
Alanna Myers 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.
Harry Nankinh nankin Australian educator, photographer and environmental artist. Harry Nankin teaches at RMIT University in Melbourne. He is represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery. 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.
Emma Nicolettie nicoletti PhD candidate studying English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. Emma is one of ASLEC-ANZ’s post-graduate student representatives 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.
 Associate Professor Ann Elias

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 The University of Sydney, New South Wales Art history, underwater space, The Great Barrier Reef
Zheljana Peric

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Studying for a PhD at The Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology at Monash University. Ms Peric is currently a Research Associate for the Weed’s Network, Monash University exploring how astrological archetypes can be applied to an understanding of social and personal contexts. http://zheljana.
Perdita PhillipsScreen Shot 2014-01-13 at 10.14.08

Australian contemporary artist and independent researcher.

Works at the intersection of art, ecology, history of science, human communities and nonhuman worlds
iris Ralphi ralph 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). Iris Ralph is an Assistant Professor in the English Department of Tamkang University, Taiwan. Her areas of specialty are animal studies, ecocriticism and posthumanism. Her most recent journal article publications have appeared in Journal of Poyong Lake (Jiangxi Academy of Social Sciences, Jiangxi, China), NTU Studies in Language and Literature (National Taiwan University), Concentric (National Taiwan Normal University) and Journal of Ecocriticism (University of Northern British Columbia, Canada). She is the co-author of a book chapter in International Perspectives in Ecofeminist Ecocriticism, published by Routledge (2013). Two further (single author) book chapters are scheduled to be published in late 2014 or early 2015 on posthumanism and Ted Hughes (Palgrave Macmillan) and teaching English language and literature in East Asia from ecocritical perspectives (Rowman and Littlefield). A third book chapter on William Carlos Williams and the environmental vision in modern art is currently under review.
Kate Rigbykate-rigby-sm Monash University, Melbourne.  She was promoted to Associate Professor and elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2006, and held the position of Deputy Head (Education) in ECPS from 2009-2011. In 2013 Kate became Australia’s first Professor of Environmental Humanities. Informing her more recent research in the Environmental Humanities is her strong interest in ecocriticism, ecophilosophy and ecotheology. She is senior co-editor, with Freya Mathews, of the ecological humanities journal, PAN (Philosophy Activism Nature) and  was the founding President of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture-Australia-New Zealand ( between 2004 and 2008. She is also a founding member of the Australian Ecological Humanities research network ( and the founding director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology@Monash
Libby Robin Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU Canberra; Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia, Canberra  AND Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm.
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Deborah Bird Rose Professor of Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Sydney communities at the edge of extinction is my encompassing research passion at this time info

John RyanScreen Shot 2013-02-18 at 14.29.44 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, WA. 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 book Green Sense: The Aesthetics of Plants, Place and Language (TrueHeart Press, 2012) examines various cultural practices and values surrounding the indigenous vegetation of southwestern Australia.  His poetry publications include Two With Nature (Fremantle Press, 2012) and Katoomba Incantation (2011), and he is included in the anthology Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets (2013). His ecocultural research has been published in the journals Australian Humanities Review (2009), Continuum (2010), Nature and Culture (2011) and The Journal of Ecocriticism (2011).
Lorraine Shannon 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
 Dr Michael Potts  South Australia  19th, 20th and 21st century literature and culture. Ecology and the environment. Technology in literature.
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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
Evelyn Tsitase tsitas PhD student in Creative Writing at RMIT University. Evelyn is one of ASLEC-ANZ’s post-graduate student representatives. 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. he 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 at
Chip RawlinsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Chip Rawlins worked outdoors for much of his life, as a stockhand, backcountry ranger, wildland firefighter, field hydrologist, and a guide and boatman for research expeditions.  He has published two books of poetry and three nonfiction on outdoor subjects.  In progress is a trilogy of historical novels.   He was educated at Utah State University and Stanford, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in the Stanford Writing Centre, 1985-86.  A lifelong activist, he has served on the boards of several groups concerned with biodiversity and environmental protection.  His pleasures include sailing, whitewater boating, gardening, cookery, wine, and design projects involving boats and research gear.
Associate Professor Dominic Redfern  RMIT School of Art, Melbourne  Art of place, biodiversity, ‘invasives’, botanical art
Lynette Plenderleith

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Ph.D. Student, Monash University, Clayton VIC Conservation; ecology; nonfiction; bush poetry
Dr Keryn Walshe SA Museum, Adelaide Archaeology, Anthropocene, Deep Ecology
Dr Hannah Schurholz La Trobe University Australian Literature, Death & Trauma Studies, Water in literature, Postcolonial Studies
Miriam Potter Sorbonne Paris France Australian Literature Ecocriticim, Patrick White
Dr Rick De Vos
School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts – Curtin University Extinction, Species History, Postcolonial Fiction and Theory
Alison Pouliot
PhD Scholar Australian National University Ecocriticism, ecophilosophy, environmental imagery, natural history, advocate for including the fungus kingdom in notions of nature, biodiversity and conservation.