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Thom van Dooren

Thom van Dooren

Associate Professor, School of Humanities & Languages, University of New South Wales

02 9385 3768

School of Humanities & Languages
University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW 2062


  • Associate Professor, School of Humanities & Languages, University of New South Wales


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.


  • PhD, Australian National University
  • BA, Australian National University

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Journal Articles


O'Gorman, E., T. van Dooren, U. Munster, J. Adamson, C. Mauch, S. Sorlin, M. Armeiro, K. Lindstrom, D. Houston, J. A. Padua, K. Rigby, O. Jones, J. Motion, S. Muecke, C. Chang, S. Lu, C. F. Jones, L. Green, F. Matose, H. Twidle, M. Schneider-Mayerson, B. Wiggin and D. Jergensen. 2019. Teaching the environmental humanities: International perspectives and practices. Environmental Humanities 11(2):427-460. DOI: 10.1215/22011919-7754545. (link )