I’m an Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow (2017-2021) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. I’m also co-editor of the international, open-access journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press).
My current research and writing focuses on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions, conservation and wildlife management. This research is funded by the Australian Research Council (DP110102886; DP150103232; FT160100098) and the Humboldt Foundation. My most recent book Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (Columbia University Press, 2014) takes up these themes in relation to the conservation of a range of different birds. My current book in process, Making Worlds with Crows, focuses on this remarkably diverse group of birds to expand this analysis into a wider engagement with wildlife management and to explore some key terms for multispecies ethics in a period of escalating urbanisation, globalisation and climate change (under contract with Columbia University Press).
My background is in philosophy but my research works across cultural studies, anthropology, science and technology studies and related fields. I completed my BA (honours) at the Australian National University (2003), and my PhD in the Fenner School of Environment and Society, also at the ANU (2007). I have held visiting positions at the University of California at Santa Cruz (2005, 2010), the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (2014) and been a Humboldt Research Fellow (Experienced Researchers) at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (2014, 2015, 2016).
Email: t.van.dooren (AT) unsw.edu.au
Photo by Quentin Jones.