Paul Brown

Lecturer in the Master of Environmental Management program
Casual Academic

Author, Producer, Researcher, Manager, Educator, Consultant

Associate Professor Paul Brown is an educationalist, researcher, community artist and creative producer. For over thirty years he has successfully integrated university research, teaching and leadership with arts practice, community engagement and consultancy – across humanities, environment, science and community development fields.

Environmental issues, theatre and film production, communications and community engagement are central to his practitioner and academic interests. He has published in fields of environmental humanities, eco-criticism, creative arts practice, conservation and sustainability, atomic arts, earth history, and science and technology studies. His recent practice-based research includes an oral history and performance project on South Asian development issues, a major international arts program linking creative artists with communities that have experienced nuclear testing, and environmental education initiatives in Australia, India and Bangladesh.

In academia, Paul was first appointed to UNSW in 1994 as lecturer in Environmental Policy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He developed and taught across a wide range of courses, and played a co-ordinating role in the Environmental Studies Program for the Faculty until 2007, when he was appointed foundational Head of the School of History and Philosophy (later school of Humanities and now School of Humanities and Languages). He held this senior management and leadership position for five years 2007-12, responsible for over fifty academic staff and eight professional staff. Throughout his UNSW career, Paul has taken key roles in curriculum development, and helped lead developments in on-line teaching, both in his own courses and across the School of Humanities while Head of School. He has substantial teaching experience within the Masters of Environmental Management (MEM), and has been a key contributor to interdisciplinary activities through the Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW. Paul now holds a position in the School of Humanities and Languages, and is consultant for a current Scientia Education Investment Fund development project at UNSW, with focus on on-line teaching development for the Masters of Environmental Management. Since 2017, he has taught four courses within the MEM, and was the convenor of that program in 2018.

As a creative writer and producer, mostly of plays and films, Paul is the author of Aftershocks, verbatim theatre about the Newcastle earthquake. He co-founded Urban Theatre Projects in 1980, and wrote major community theatre works for Murray River Performing Group, Theatreworks, and Urban Theatre Projects. Paul is the author of the documentary film Sixty Thousand Barrels, and of the verbatim play Half a Life, which documents the experience of veterans who served at the British Nuclear Testing ground at Maralinga. In 2014-18 he was the Creative Producer for the Nuclear Futures creative partnerships initiative, linking artists with atomic survivor communities to make creative works across 22 community-based multi-arts projects. Highlights include the production and gifting of Australia's sculpture in the Nagasaki Peace Park, and the digital projections 10 Minutes to Midnight, and Ngurini (Searching) two multi-media installations.

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Merson J; Brown PF; Cooney R, (eds.), 2012, Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, Original, UNSW Press, Sydney
2012
Brown PF; Mills D, 2004, Art and wellbeing, 10, Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney, Australia
2004
Book Chapters
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Arvanitakis J; Brown PF, 2013, 'Scarce Water and the Australian Progress Trap: a commentary', in Badyopadhay DN; Francis R (ed.), Remapping the Future: History, Culture and Environment in Australia and India, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne
2013
Merson J; Cooney R; Brown PF, 2012, 'Conclusions', in Merson J; Cooney R; Brown P (ed.), Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 316 - 323
2012
Merson J; Cooney R; Brown PF, 2012, 'Introduction', in Merson J; Cooney R; Brown P (ed.), Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 2 - 11
2012
Brown PF; Wake C, 2010, 'The Future of Verbatim Theatre: Truthfulness in a New Era', in Brown P (ed.), Verbatim: Staging Memory and Community, edn. Original, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, Sydney, pp. 18 - 21
2010
Brown PF, 2008, 'Knowledge, Power and Cultural Policy: social understanding through community cultural development', in Making Money Making Meaning: Directions for the Arts and Cultural Industries in the Creative Age, edn. Original, Cambridge Scholars
2008
Brown PF, 2006, 'Maralinga: Theatre from a Place of War', in Unstable Ground: Performance and the Politics of Place, edn. 1, PIE Peter Lang, Brusseles, pp. 205 - 226
2006
Brown PF, 2002, 'The ratbag of Botany: Activism and community participation around industrial sites in south-eastern Sydney', in McPhillips K (ed.), LOCAL HEROES: Australian Crusades from the Environmental Frontline, edn. 1, Pluto Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 110 - 128
2002
Finnane M; Reekie G; Bennett T; Miller T; Swanson G, 2001, 'Introduction', in Continuum, edn. 1, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, Australia, pp. 7 - 28,
2001
Conference Papers
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Brown PF; Hudson A; Barkley E; Arvanitakis J, 2013, 'Arts and the deep nuclear future: a prospectus', in Arts and the deep nuclear future: a prospectus, Arts and Ecology Conference, Wollongong, University of Wollongong, presented at Arts and Ecology Conference, Wollongong, University of Wollongong, 12 May 2013 - 13 May 2013
2013
Conference Proceedings (Editor of)
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Brown PF, (ed.), 2000, 'Stories, writing and publishing for cultural action', Stories, writing and publishing for cultural action, Sydney, presented at Stories, writing and publishing for cultural action, Sydney, 01 September 2000
2000
Journal articles
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2018, 'Rebellious art: pushing back against the nuclear state', Unlikely: journal for creative arts
2018
Brown P, 2014, 'Environmental ethics: Potent foundational knowledge or inert scholarship?', Metascience, vol. 23, pp. 131 - 136,
2014
Brown P, 2014, 'Ecological knowledge in community theater', CLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture, vol. 16,
2014
Barnes R; Ashbolt N; Roser D; Brown P, 2014, 'Implementing sustainable water and sanitation projects in rural, developing communities', Waterlines, vol. 33, pp. 71 - 88,
2014
Davison A; Brown P; Pharo E; Warr K; McGregor H; Terkes S; Boyd D; Abuodha P, 2014, 'Distributed leadership: Building capacity for interdisciplinary climate change teaching at four universities', International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 15, pp. 98 - 110,
2014
Pharo E; Davison A; McGregor H; Warr K; Brown P, 2013, 'Using communities of practice to enhance interdisciplinary teaching: Lessons from four Australian institutions', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 33, pp. 341 - 354,
2013
Barnes R; Roser D; Brown P, 2011, 'Critical evaluation of planning frameworks for rural water and sanitation development projects', Development in Practice, vol. 21, pp. 168 - 189,
2011
Brown PF, 2009, 'Theatre, ecological sanity, and finding Baz Kershaw', Performance Paradigm, vol. 2009
2009
Brown PF; Rae I, 2009, 'Managing the intractable: Communicative structures for management of hexachlorobenzene and other Scheduled Wastes', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. Online, pp. 1 - 10
2009
Brown PF; Hillier N; Gennissen J; Smolenski R; Smolenski B, 2009, 'Our battle with hexachlorobenzene: Citizen perspectives on toxic waste in Botany', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. Online, pp. 1 - 8
2009
Brown PF, 2009, 'Toxic Waste in our Midst: towards an interdisciplinary analysis', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. Online, pp. 1 - 8
2009
Hillier Oam N; Gennissen J; Pickering B; Smolenski R; Brown P, 2009, 'Our battle with hexachlorobenzene: citizen perspectives on toxic waste in Botany.', J Environ Manage, vol. 90, pp. 1605 - 1612,
2009
Rae I; Brown P, 2009, 'Managing the intractable: Communicative structures for management of hexachlorobenzene and other scheduled wastes', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 90, pp. 1583 - 1592,
2009
Brown P; Benn S, 2009, 'Toxic risk and governance: The case of hexachlorobenzene', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 90, pp. 1557 - 1558,
2009
Benn S; Brown P; North-Samardzic A, 2009, 'A commentary on decision-making and organisational legitimacy in the Risk Society', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 90, pp. 1655 - 1662,
2009
Brown P, 2009, 'Toxic waste in our midst: Towards an interdisciplinary analysis', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 90, pp. 1559 - 1566,
2009
Brown P, 2009, 'Technoaesthetics and the nuclear uncanny', Metascience, vol. 18, pp. 223 - 232,
2009
Brown PF; Benn S, 2008, 'Toxic Risk and Governance: the case of hexachlorobenzene', Journal of Environmental Management, pp. 1 - 2
2008
Brown PF; Crittenden X, 2007, 'Nature Moves Centre Stage: Eco-Centrism in Community Theatre', About Performance, vol. 7, pp. 99 - 116
2007
Brown PF, 2006, 'British Nuclear Testing in Australia: Performing the Maralinga Experiment through Verbatim Theatre', Journal and Proceedings of Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 139 pts1&2, pp. 39 - 50
2006
Other
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Brown P, 2013, Reigning the River: Urban Ecologies and Political Transformation in Kathmandu, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD,
2013
Performances (Music, Theatre, Dance)
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Brown PF, 2006, Publication: Half a Life: Verbatim Theatre about British Nuclear Testing, 2006, Performances (Music, Theatre, Dance),
2006
Brown PF, 2004, Publication: Room 207 Nikola Tesla, 2004, Performances (Music, Theatre, Dance),
2004
Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
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Brown PF, 2003, Sixty Thousand Barrels, SBS, Sydney, Editor(s): Alphaville Productions, Video, Published: 2003, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works,
2003
Brown PF; Russell JE; Ford A, 2000, Ten Million Wild Cats, Video, Published: 2000, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2000
Brown PF, 1998, Aftershocks, Video, Published: 1998, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
1998