Libby Robin is an historian of science and environmental ideas. She is Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University and Senior Research Fellow at the National Museum of Australia’s Research Centre. She was Guest Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm in the Division of History of Science and Technology (2011-2014), and continues as a regular departmental visitor in 2015.

Libby has published widely in the history of science, international and comparative environmental history and the ecological humanities. She has won national and international prizes in History (How a Continent Created a Nation), in Zoology (Boom and Bust), and in literature (Flight of the Emu, The Future of Nature).
Libby also coordinates (with Cameron Muir) the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network, and (with Thom van Dooren) the Australian Environmental Humanities Hub. She is President of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations.

In November 2013, she was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.


Read more at the Australian National University Researcher’s website.

Research interests

Expertise for the Future Histories of environmental prediction and policy (2009-2014) Libby Robin, Sverker Soerlin (Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Stockholm) and Paul Warde (Cambridge) (project leaders)   Outcomes will include two books: An anthology of sources, The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change (October 2013 , Yale UP) and The Environment: A History (2016 in prep.) For details see

Biological invasions and national identity ARC grant The Culture of Weeds LP120400273. Book in prep: Fear of Ferals

History of Arid Zone Science ARC Grant LP 110200742 Alive with the Dreaming!: The Songlines 

Museums in the Anthropocene forthcoming book Jennifer Newell, Libby Robin and Kirsten Wehner (eds)Curating the Future: Museums Communities and Climate Change

Other themes: Conservation history and policy; Interdisciplinary environmental studies; The scientific aesthetic; Climate Change and the humanities; History of Ornithology in Australia; History of Science in Australia and the region

Environmental Humanities see