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Key Researcher

Dr. Emily O’Gorman

Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University
PhD ANU; BA (Hons) UQ.

Emily O’Gorman is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University. Her research is situated at the nexus of environmental history and the broader environmental humanities, and is primarily concerned with contested knowledges within broader cultural framings of authority, expertise, and landscapes. Her research has focused on the Murray-Darling Basin, a region rich in environmental contestations. Drawing on archival research as well as interviews, she has concentrated on two key subjects: environmental histories of rivers and wetlands; and scientific approaches to weather and climate from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. She has aimed to develop the role of environmental history in adding temporal depth to understandings of the waterscapes of this region and to bring environmental history into closer dialogue with the environmental humanities in this endeavour. She is the author of Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin (2012) and co-editor of Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand (2014, with James Beattie and Matthew Henry) and Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History (2015, with Beattie and Edward Melillo).