Associate Professor Thom van Dooren

Associate Professor / ARC Future Fellow (2017-2021)
BA (Hons) ANU; PhD ANU
School of Humanities & Languages


02 9385 3768
Room 323, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social and Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Philosophy

Thom van Dooren’s research, teaching and editorial work is all situated in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities, exploring the role of an interdisciplinary humanities approach to understanding and addressing environmental change. 


Thom van Dooren’s research is situated in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. His current work focuses primarily on the philosophical and ethical dimensions of species extinctions and wildlife management, and is rooted in an approach that draws the humanities into conversation with ecology, biology, ethology and ethnographic work with communities whose lives are entangled with disappearing species in a range of different ways.

Van Dooren completed his B.A. (honours) and PhD at the Australian National University. He has been a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (2014-2016, intermitent) and has held visiting positions in the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz (2005, 2010) and the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (2014).

Van Dooren is co-editor of the international open-access journal Environmental Humanities. For more information on his writing and current research projects please visit his personal website.


Undergraduate courses


Areas of honours and postrgraduate supervision

  • Animal/multispecies studies
  • Environmental philosophy and ethics
  • Environmental cultural studies
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Science and technology studies (STS)
  • Biodiversity loss and extinction
  • Wildlife management
  • Memory and loss
  • Philosophies of embodiment, vulnerability and death
  • Off-earth/space mining and expansion

Honours and prizes

Significant Recent Awards


ARC Future Fellowship 2017-2021 (FT160100098): AUD 820,000

Extinction Stories: Inhabiting Landscapes of Loss in the Anthropocene 


Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, 2014-2016

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany

Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich


Australian Research Council, Discovery Project 2015-2017 (DP150103232): AUD 146,700

Encountering Crows: Living with Wildlife in a Changing World


Australian Research Council, Discovery Project 2011-2013 (DP110102886): AUD 95,000 

Encounters with Extinction: A multi-sited, multi-species approach to life at the edge of catastrophe in the Asia-Pacific region

(with Deborah Bird Rose)


Sir William Keith Hancock Lecture, invited lecture to the 44th Symposium of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, November 2013

"Spectral Crows in Hawai‘i: Conservation, Haunted Landscapes and the Environmental Humanities"

Affiliations and membership

Professional Member of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) USA (since 2008)

Member, International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) (since 2011)

Member, International Association for Environmental Philosophy (IAEP) (since 2012)

Member, Australian Animal Studies Group (AASG) (since 2012)


Founding co-editor, Environmental Humanities, (since 2012)

Editorial Board Member, Routledge Environmental Humanities book series, (since 2013)

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