Two new Human Geography Lecturer positions available
17 June 2014: UOW's new Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities is looking for two new Human Geography lecturers. The closing date for both positions is 20 July 2014. Find out more about the positions here.
Dr. Thomas Birtchnell wins area prize for new research in geography
19 May 2014: Dr. Thomas Birtchnell is the winner of the Wiley Publishers Area Prize for New Research in Geography.
Greenhills Beach residents wanted for new research project
30 April 2014: Greenhills Beach is Sydney’s newest beachside suburb and Charles Gillon from The Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research wants to put its residents under the microscope. Are you interested in being involved or do you know someone who might be?
WA shark cull season ends, and ocean users don't want it to return
30 April 2014: As the Western Australia shark cull season ends new research by Dr Leah Gibbs and Dr Andrew Warren reveals that most surfers, divers and other ocean users don’t want the cull to continue. Instead, people favour improved education and ocean monitoring, and wider acceptance of the risks associated with ocean use.
New Research Associate and PhD positions at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research
26 March 2014: A part-time fixed-term Research Associate position, and a fully funded 3 year PhD scholarship ($AU25,392 per year), are available through the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong. Read more about the positions.
Professor Noel Castree's new book 'Making Sense of Nature'
5 March 2014: The Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research has launched Professor Noel Castree's new book Making Sense of Nature: Representation, knowledge and democracy.
As the smoke clears: Port Kembla’s stack and the place of industrial heritage
20 February 2014: The demolition of Port Kembla’s stack highlights the uncertain place of industrial cultural heritage in today’s modern, technology-driven, climate-aware society, writes Charles Gillon.
The story of steel maps the job future for car workers
14 February 2014: While the car industry may no longer remain viable in Australia, the workers' skills are far from redundant, writes Professor Chris Gibson and Andrew Warren in a piece for The Conversation.
Can you be forced to evacuate your home during an emergency?
13 January 2013: Christine Eriksen questions the legality of forced evacuations during the Red October bushfires in 2013.
Joint book launch
10 December 2013: AUSCCER has announced the publication of two new books – Saving More Than Seeds by Catherine Phillips and Household Sustainability by Chris Gibson, Carol Farbotko, Nicholas Gill, Lesley Head and Gordon Waitt.
How prepared are we for bushfires?
28 November 2013: Are Australian men, women and households really as aware and prepared for bushfire emergencies as we think we are? This is one question that is explored in a topical new book by AUSCCER's Christine Eriksen.
Trees I've Loved radio documentary
17 November 2013: What explains our affection for trees? A recent ABC Radio National project details our complex relationships with trees and it featured AUSCCER's Lesley Head.
Where is cool and creative in Wollongong?
12 November 2013: AUSCCER’s Chris Gibson and Chris Brennan-Horley star in this short video on the Cultural Asset Mapping in Regional Australia project they worked on.
New book published - Saving More Than Seeds
25 October 2013: In this book, Catherine Phillips explores seed saving, rethinks what seed politics might be in more-than-human terms, and urges us to consider the future paths of seed, agriculture, and food. Find out more about Saving More Than Seeds.
Reflections from the fire front
23 October 2013: The bushfires currently burning in the greater Sydney region provide a stark reminder of the challenges and uncertainty of coexisting with fire. Christine Eriksen and Trent Penman reflect in a new blog post for AUSCCER.
Gordon Waitt at TEDx Wollongong 2013
21 October 2013: What has singing in the car got to do with sustainable living? Gordon Waitt answered this question recently at TEDxUWollongong.
Loving your monsters - the Climate Council and #pinktober
20 October 2013: Two particular monsters are in Professor Lesley Head's consciousness at the moment, the newly formed Climate Council and #Pinktober. Find out why at Conversations with AUSCCER.
Join us for an event with design thinker John Thackara
9 October 2013: UOW is hosting a lunchtime lecture with internationally renowned designer thinker, John Thackara. Find out more about 'What makes a change lab successful?'.
Climate change and regions
11 August 2013: Professor Chris Gibson's new blog series on climate change and regions, builds on papers presented in recent weeks at the 4th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions at ETH Zurich, the annual Institute of Australian Geographers conference at the University of Western Australia, and the 2013 National Climate Change Adaptation (NCCARF) conference in Sydney. Read Climate change and regions on AUSCCER's blog.
The conversation we need to have about carbon
23 Jul 2013: Professor Lesley Head says words that should be in our conversations about carbon are transformation, rationing and shared sacrifice. ReadThe conversation we need to have about carbon.
Leading international geographer to join UOW
5 July 2013: One of the world's top human geographers, Professor Noel Castree, is joining the University of Wollongong's new Faculty of Social Sciences. UOW's media release about Professor Castree's appointment.
Redneck, barbaric, cashed-up bogan? I don't think so
12 Jun 2013: Professor Michael Adams explores hunting and nature in Australia in a blog post for AUSCCER. He enters the world of hunters and hunting to physically, emotionally and intellectually experience what it can mean. Read Professor Adams' blog post.
Researchers say Australia's surfboard making industry will revamp manufacturing
28 May 2013: The public debate over Australian manufacturing overlooks the breadth of diversity. What happens to the automotive industry is not necessarily indicative of other sectors. Read Professor Chris Gibson and Professor Geoff Spinks' opinion piece.
Professor Gordon Waitt at UOW's Big Ideas Festival
8 May 2013: What makes your stomach churn?Professor Waitt explains how bodily judgements or 'gut reactions' play more of a role in our daily decision making process that you might think.
Indian journey connects family heritage with research collaborations
13 Feb 2013: A UOW academic is connecting his family's heritage to new directions in international research. Read more about Professor Michael Adams' experience.
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 (via web.archive.org).
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.