Deborah Bird-Rose

Australia Pacific Observatory

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Professional Title Professor of Environmental Philosophy and Anthropology
Institution University of New South Wales
Departmental Affiliation Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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Deborah Bird-Rose

Professor of Environmental Philosophy and Anthropology

Professor Deborah Bird Rose is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a founding co-editor of Environmental Humanities. She has worked with Aboriginal people in their claims to land and other decolonising contexts, and in both scholarly and practical arenas her work is focused on the convergence of social and ecological justice. Her current research interests focus on human-animal relationships in this time of extinctions, and she writes widely in both academic and literary genres. Her recent book, Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction (2011, University of Virginia Press), asks what constitutes ethical relationships in this era of loss, and is described by Donna Haraway as a ‘wise and generative book’.

Other recent books include the re-released second edition of Country of the Heart: An Indigenous Australian Homeland (2011), the third edition of the prize-winning ethnography Dingo Makes Us Human (2009), Reports from a Wild Country: Ethics for Decolonisation (2004) and Nourishing Terrains: Australian Aboriginal views of Landscape and Wilderness (1996). She serves on the Editorial Boards of two book series: Routledge’s Environmental Humanities Series and Sydney University Press’s Animal Publics Series. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Deborah is a foundation member of the Extinction Studies Working Group ( She is a regular guest on radio programs, and is the author of the popular blog ‘Life at the Edge of Extinction’ (