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Oceanic Cultures and Connections Research Group

The purpose of the Oceanic Cultures and Connections strategic theme area is to build on a burgeoning international scholarly interest in all things oceanic within HASS disciplines, while shifting the focus to the neglected southern hemisphere. This moves one of the earth's major regions from the margins to the centre of our vision, and links our specific locality with sites and issues of global importance.

Researchers in Oceanic Cultures and Connections will examine the ocean as a site of cultural connection, mobility, exchange and global change. This research area will provide a unique opportunity for those working in the humanities, creative arts and social sciences to enhance and expand the University of Tasmania’s existing strengths in marine, Antarctic and maritime studies, island studies, and regional studies, producing a genuine synthesis of different disciplinary knowledges.

Image Credit: Annalise Rees, Oceans of the Unknown

Our Research Group


Aquatic Ecology.

Marine Socioecology.

Political Science, IMAS.

Law (Polar Governance).

Dr Annaliese Jacobs


Dr Ben Maddison

Oceans & Cryosphere, IMAS.

Law (Environmental).

Marine Biology, IMAS.

Politics and International Relations.

Marine Biology.

Fisheries Social Science, IMAS.

Marine Ecology.

Environmental Law.


Geography and Social Change.

History, Digital Humanities.

Politics and Policy.

Data Management, IMAS.

News and Events


Project Updates

Oceanic Cultures and Connections (OCC) supports interdisciplinary projects fostering cross-disciplinary exchange and providing mentoring opportunities for early career researchers. Funded by the larger Marine, Antarctic and Maritime Research Theme that OCC sits within several projects are engaging with ocean related topics from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Some of the supported projects are featured below.

IMAS Writers in Residence

In 2017 the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies hosted two writers in residence through the Tasmanian Writers Centre ‘Under the Sea’ program supported by Inspiring Australia. Suzi Claflin and Jessica Cockerill spent 1 month in residence at IMAS engaging with researchers. Their interactions produced two excellent pieces of writing: Weekly Returns by Suzi Claflin which engages with the research of IMAS PhD student Lyn Irvine and her work on Humpback whales. The other piece The Faces of Our Changing Oceans by Jessica Cockerill is a reflection on marine species migration and climate change with a particular focus on Tasmania. Jess spent time with IMAS researchers Professor Gretta Pecl and Dr Scott Ling. Suzi and Jess’ writing reflects the depth of their engagement with IMAS researchers and is an excellent way of bringing UTAS research to the community. Read Weekly Returns (PDF 66.9KB) and The Faces of Our Changing Oceans (PDF 2.2MB).


Oceanic Cultures and Connections

6 Oct - 25 Nov 2017

Exhibition | Vanishing Point

This art + science collaboration between Tasmanian visual artists and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies marine scientists highlights the enormity of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Their exhibition which will be showing in the IMAS Gallery opens Friday 6 October at 5:30pm.

Vanishing Point is proudly supported by Oceanic Cultures and Connections through the Marine, Antarctic and Maritime Research Theme at the University of Tasmania.

Available Research Degree Projects

There are currently no available Research Degree Projects currently available with the Oceanic Cultures and Connections 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.