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Environmental Humanities Research Group

Environmental Humanities maximises the University of Tasmania’s reputation as a leader in environmental research. The group advances a Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)-led approach to environmental change by understanding that the problems addressed by scientific research are constituted through cultural, social and political processes.

It sees the production and analysis of social, cultural and creative responses to environmental change as essential to building a picture of the complex web of significances—material, philosophical, scientific, ethical, political, legal, sociological, socio-ecological, economic, historical, textual—of the environmental problems that both confound us and call us to action.

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Politics and International Relations.


Prof Ted Lefroy


Law (Environmental).

Politics and International Relations.

Law (Environmental).



Politics and Policy.


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Environmental Humanities

27 April 2020

Research | Honouring the extinct, one thylacine at a time

The thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) might be extinct, but at least 764 specimens still exist in museums and collections around the world. Through an exploration of the lives, deaths and afterlife as museum specimens of individual thylacines, a new project at the University of Tasmania will make one of our most iconic extinct animals more publicly visible. It also aims to help protect other species from extinction by helping us to mourn the thylacine properly.

Environmental Humanities

23-24 October 2018

Symposium | Beyond Survival | Austerity, Precarity, Resilience

CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline for proposals: 22 June 2018.
Thinking ‘beyond survival’, this two-day symposium proposes to examine three crucial themes germane to environmental change: austerity, precarity, and resilience. This symposium seeks to spark conversations about the ways in which culture can respond to environmental, economic, and social precarity; and about the resilience of humans and nonhumans alike in the face of the overlapping impacts of economic and environmental crisis.

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Criminality and Climate Change

The Age of Consequences. Professor of Criminology, Rob White says even though there has been a considerable amount of research done on the impact of climate change on environmental and economic systems, there has been less emphasis on social systems such as criminal justice.

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Available Research Degree Projects

There are currently no available Research Degree Projects currently available with the Environmental Humanities Research Group. However, this will change in the future so please continue to visit this section.

For a full list of current University projects, see the Research Division – Available Research Degree Projects.


A full range of publications relevant to Environmental Change can be found on our researcher's full profiles linked above. These include journal articles, books, chapters in books, reviews, conference publications, thesis, and other public output. Some notable books are listed below.