An environmental history of Australia, India and Empire

This project intends to examine the trajectory of environmental ideas and practices between India and Australia between 1788 and 1901. At this time, India and the Australian colonies served as important laboratories for environmental ideas and practices. Examining colonial Australia in terms of these environmental connections may broaden perspectives on Australian history and allow us to reassess the development of colonial understandings of the Australian environment. The project aims to examine how people have understood and adapted to changing natural and human systems and to illuminate the ways in which the Australian environment continues to bear the legacies of Empire.

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Ruth Morgan
National Centre for Australian StudiesSchool of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies
2015-2019

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