Centre for Environmental History, Australian National University, Canberra

23–27 May, 2016

Are you writing a PhD in some aspect of environmental history?

The Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University will be running a workshop for PhD students from around the country who are researching aspects of environmental history in Australia, New Zealand or elsewhere. This is the eighth biennial workshop in environmental history run at ANU since 2002.

 The aim of the workshop is to bring together doctoral students with common interests to learn from one another about how to address significant, exciting themes in this emerging field of scholarship.  Students will be expected to participate by speaking and writing about their own research, and by doing some preparatory reading that will be provided in advance.

Sessions will be held on each of the five days (Monday 23 May to Friday 27 May). These will feature seminars on major themes in environmental history as well as student presentations on their doctoral research. The program will also include sessions at the National Museum of Australia, social gatherings, and opportunities for archival visits and informal meetings.

Course organisers and teachers will be Professor Tom Griffiths (Centre for Environmental History, ANU), Professor Libby Robin (Fenner School of Environment and Society ANU) and Professor Heather Goodall (University of Technology, Sydney). Our international guest teacher will be Professor Jane Carruthers (University of South Africa).  Professor Carruthers is a distinguished historian of national parks, wildlife management and environmental justice and will be visiting Australia especially for this workshop.


How to apply

The workshop is designed primarily for doctoral students currently enrolled at universities in Australia and New Zealand who are undertaking studies in environmental history (in all its forms).  The number of participants will be strictly limited (to facilitate discussion).  There is no registration fee.

Please apply by providing the following:

  • a brief curriculum vitae
  • two short statements, one describing the subject of your doctoral research and the other explaining what you hope to gain from the workshop. Together, these statements should total no more than 500 words.
  • documented support for your attendance from your supervisor (a signature or e-mail will do)

Send your application to Professor Tom Griffiths, School of History, RSSS, ANU, Canberra, ACT 0200, or via email tom.griffiths@anu.edu.au by Friday, 4 March 2016.


Financial support will be available to participants from outside Canberra.  For those coming from interstate, this will include a reimbursement for a return discount economy airfare (or petrol expenses) plus a contribution of $150 to your accommodation expenses.  An equivalent level of support will be offered to international participants.


We look forward to hearing from you!


Sponsored by the Centre for Environmental History (School of History, RSSS, ANU), the Fenner School of Environment and Society (ANU) and the National Museum of Australia.

Feature image: Canberra Lake Sunset by Sam Ilic