AUSCCER Ananth Gopal imageAnanth Gopal

Twitter: @wordsgrow
Supervisors: Lesley Head and Natascha Klocker 





  • 2015 – 2018 PhD (Human Geography), University of Wollongong
  • Working title, Growing Cultures: Cultivating Emergent Ecological Knowledge
  • 2007-2009 BA Hons First Class (Geography), University of Melbourne
    Dissertation, “Edible Gardens: The everyday practice of growing food and home in Melbourne”
  • 2011 Certificate Four, Adult Training and Assessment, NIBT
  • 2010 Diploma of Spanish, University of Melbourne

Current Research

My research interests include:

  • Diverse environmental ontologies
  • Food politics
  • Edible gardens
  • Food foraging
  • More-than-human geographies

My current doctoral research sits within an ARC Discovery (2014-2016) project titled, ‘Sustainability and climate change adaptation: unlocking the potential of ethnic diversity’. My research focuses on the household and local neighbourhood scale. I am exploring the diverse food gardening and growing practices of three generations of ethnic minority migrants in the Illawarra. I’m interested in the emergent ecological knowledge that germinates from innocuous places and practices.

I’m more broadly interested in the way in which humans grow, trade and eat food. I am fascinated by the everyday and macro-political engagements we make with food. My research methods are immersive; I aim to practice alongside and with people in order to develop experiential knowledge of their lifeworlds.

Research Presentations

  • Gopal, A. (2014), ‘Doing practice-based ethnography: cultivating unknown futures and the co-creation of home in domestic food gardens’, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Melbourne
  • Gopal, A. (2016), ‘Growing Cultures: the cultivation of emergent ecological knowledge by ethnic minority home food gardeners.’ American Association of Geographers Conference, San Francisco


  • 2013 - 2014 Guest Lecturer & TutorGEOG20001, Society and Environments, University of Melbourne
  • 2013 - 2014 Tutor, GEOG 30021, The Disaster Resilient City, University of Melbourne
  • 2015 Tutor, GEOG 122, Human Geography II: Living in a Material World, University of Wollongong

Awards and Honours

  • 2015 – 2018 ARC, Discovery PhD Scholarship, University of Wollongong


  • Institute of Australian Geographers
  • American Association of Geographers
  • UOW Human Geography Society  
Last reviewed: 5 September, 2017


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