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Observatory Member

Thom Van Dooren

Senior Lecturer

Thom’s research is situated in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. His current work focuses primarily on the philosophical and ethical dimensions of species extinctions and is rooted in an approach that draws the humanities into conversation with ecology, biology, ethology and ethnographic work with communities whose lives are entangled with disappearing species in a range of different ways. Thom completed his BA (honours) at the Australian National University (ANU, 2003) and his PhD in the Fenner School of Environment and Society, also at the ANU (2007). Since this time he has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Hull (UK). He has also twice been a visiting research associate at the University of California at Santa Cruz (USA).

Thom is co-editor of the international open-access journal, Environmental Humanities.

For more information on Thom’s writing and current research projects please visit his (infrequently updated) blog.