Thom van Dooren is a field philosopher and writer. He is Deputy Director of the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney. His work is situated in the interdisciplinary environmental humanities with particular grounding in cultural studies, philosophy, and science and technology studies. His research and writing focus on the diverse ethical, cultural, and philosophical issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places. He has explored these themes in depth in three books: A World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinctions (MIT 2022), The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds (Columbia UP 2019), and Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (Columbia UP 2014). With Deborah Bird Rose, he was founding editor of the journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press). He has held advisory and visiting positions at key environmental humanities institutes around the world, including a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at the Rachel Carson Centre, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (2014-16), and a Professor II appointment at the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities at the University of Oslo (2020-2022). His research has been funded by a range of other grants and fellowships, including an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2017-2021), and several ARC Discovery Projects.

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