ingrained: a human bio-geography of wheat
July 2012: A new book by Lesley Head, Jennifer Atchison and Alison Gates advances understanding of human-plant relations using the example of wheat. Plants are fundamental players in human lives, underpinning our food supply and contributing to the air we breathe, but they are easy to take for granted and have received insufficient attention in the social sciences. Find out more about Ingrained: A Human Bio-geography of Wheat.
FLOOD COUNTRY: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF THE MURRAY-DARLING BASIN
July 2012: Flood Country brings the Murray-Darling Basin's flood history into conversation with contemporary national debates about climate change and competing access to water for livelihoods, industries and ecosystems. It provides an important new historical perspective on this significant region of Australia, exploring how people, rivers and floods have re-made each other. Access further information about Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin.
ONCE A CULTURAL ICON, IS AUSTRALIA’S SURFBOARD INDUSTRY DESTINED TO DISAPPEAR?
May 2012: In a piece for The Conversation UOW’s Professor Chris Gibson explores whether the surfboard industry is yet another victim of the high Australian dollar?
TOURISM AND AUSTRALIAN BEACH CULTURE: REVEALING BODIES
April 2012: Can you imagine being banned from bathing in the sea? This was the case in New South Wales, Australia, from the 1830s to 1903. At this time the state government banned bathing in the sea in public view between 6 am and 8 pm. This book explores why bathing was banned, and the political and cultural processes that subsequently transformed the beach. Read more about Tourism and Australian beach culture: revealing bodies.
THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LAUNCHES NEW DISCUSSION PAPER SERIES
April 2012: AUSCCER Discussion Papers are intended as a forum for the dissemination of research by Centre staff. They are peer‐reviewed internally, and provide a means to inform public debate and policy conversations. Access AUSCCER’s Discussion papers online.
MUSIC FESTIVALS AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN AUSTRALIA
April 2012: University of Wollongong geographer Professor Chris Gibson today launched his book ‘Music Festivals and Regional Development in Australia’, marking a milestone in his 10-year research endeavour on the subject. Find out more about Music Festivals and Regional Development in Australia.
EXPLORING ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES TOWARDS NATURE IN THE NSW STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE
November 2011: Jacqui McKinnon was awarded 'Highly Commended - Human Geography' for her paper 'Exploring attitudes and practices towards nature in the NSW State Emergency Service'. For her presentation at the Geographical Society of NSW Honours Conference at the University of Newcastle. Read Exploring attitudes and practices towards nature in the NSW State Emergency Service.
PROFESSOR LESLEY HEAD ELECTED AS A FELLOW OF THE ACADEMY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES IN AUSTRALIA
November 2011: AUSCCER’s Professor Lesely Head has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in recognition of her sustained and distinguished contributions to Cultural Geography, and the wider field of Geography. Visit the website of The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
GENDER ROLES UNDER FIRE AT GEOGRAPHY CONFERENCE
July 2011: Entrenched gender roles have contributed to the vulnerability of women in bush fire emergencies, a presentation at the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Annual Conference, held at UOW from July 3-6 suggested. Read more about Dr Christine Eriken’s presentation.
DELUGES THAT HAVE GONE BEFORE: FLOODS IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
February 2011: Dr Emily O’Gorman speaks to Rear Vision on ABC Radio National. Using the Brisbane floods of 1974 and 1893 as reference points, Rear Vision traces some of the stories of flood, and asks what is remembered, whose stories remain, and whether the murky state of collective memory obscures other stories, and other floods. View the transcript on the Rear Vision website.