This page includes a listing of significant recent research funding.
ARC Future Fellowship (2017-2021)
￼Extinction Stories: Inhabiting Landscapes of Loss in the Anthropocene (FT160100098)
We are living in the midst of a period of mass extinction. This multi-sited project aims to explore the cultural, political and ethical dimensions of biodiversity loss in three of the world’s ‘extinction capitals’. Through an innovative interdisciplinary approach that brings ethnographic research into dialogue with philosophy and the natural sciences, the project asks how the loss of species, and efforts to prevent these losses, shape the contours of local people’s lives and the landscapes they inhabit. This project also mobilises this research in a series of public-facing interventions that aim to cultivate community understanding of why and how extinctions matter, while developing resources for an engaged public environmental humanities.
ARC Discovery Project (2015-2017), sole-CI
￼Encountering Crows: Living with wildlife in a changing world (DP150103232)
Ubiquitous in their global presence, crows are now found almost everywhere that people are: from critically endangered island crows living in disappearing forests to abundant urban species finding new ways to exploit changing cities. This multi-sited interdisciplinary project takes crows as guides into some of the many cultural and ethical issues that define human interactions with wildlife in this period of rapid environmental and social change. Drawing ethnographic research in a range of cultural contexts into dialogue with the literatures of philosophy and biology, this project will explore the role of an innovative environmental humanities approach in better understanding our place in, and obligations to, a changing world.
Humboldt Foundation, Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Germany)
Encountering crows: world-making with hunters and scientists in Germany
ARC Discovery Project (2011-2013), with Deborah Bird Rose
￼Encounters with Extinction: A multi-sited, multi-species approach to life at the edge of catastrophe in the Asia-Pacific region (DP110102886)
This project explores cultural dimensions of the mass extinction event now taking place globally. We take a multi-sited field research approach to investigate five biosocial contexts across the Asia-Pacific region, each focussing on a particular animal now sliding into extinction. We investigate people’s responses to and effects on extinction events in their local neighbourhood. Responding to calls from biological scientists for humanities scholars to develop research into the extinction crisis, we address two main questions: how are human communities entangled in current extinction events, and how are people imagining, articulating, and taking responsible and practical action concerning these catastrophes.