Emily O’Gorman

Membership:  2014/2015

Member Bio

Emily O'Gorman is an environmental and cultural historian with interdisciplinary research interests. Her research within the environmental humanities focuses on how people live with rivers, wetlands, and climates. She is especially interested in the changing environmental practices and knowledges of town and urban dwellers, industry members (farmers, miners), managers and scientists (meteorologists, ecologists, industry technicians, engineers), as well as the institutions that connect them. Her research examines both historical and contemporary changes in environmental understandings, their connection with specific places and the particular environmental experiences of actors. Currently a lecturer in the Department of Environment and Geography at Macquarie University, she holds a PhD from the School of History at the Australian National University and undertook a postdoctoral candidacy in the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She is an associate editor of the journal Environmental Humanities.


  • Climate, Science and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, forthcoming 2014. (co-edited with James Beattie and Matthew Henry).
  • Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History. Bloomsbury, London and New York, forthcoming 2014. (co-edited with James Beattie and Edward Melilio)
  • "Remaking Wetlands: Rice Fields and Ducks in the Murrumbidgee River Region, NSW," In Rethinking Invasion Ecologies From the Environmental Humanities, edited by Jodi Frawley and Iain McCalman, 215–38. London: Routledge Environmental Humanities, 2014.
  • Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin. Collingwood, Vic: CSIRO Publishing, 2012.
  • "Local Knowledge and the State: The 1990 Floods in Cunnamulla, Queensland, Australia." Environmental History 17, no. 3 (2012): 512–46.