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Matthew Kearnes

Matthew Kearnes

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

School of Humanities & Languages
University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia


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


Matthew Kearnes is an ARC Future Fellow and member of the Environmental Humanities group, in the School of Humanities and Languages. 

Matthew completed his BSc (honours) in Human Geography at Macquarie University and his PhD at the University of Newcastle. Before arriving at the University of New South Wales he held post-doctoral positions at the Department of Geography at the Open University and the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Most recently he held a Research Council’s UK Academic Fellowship at the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Department of Geography, Durham University.

Matthew's research is situated between the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), human geography and contemporary social theory. His current work is focused on the social and political dimensions of nanotechnology and synthetic biology, climate change and society, and the social and political dimensions of climate modification and geoengineering. His research has been funded by the Australian Research Council. Leverhulme Trust, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), the European Commission and the UK Government.

In addition to his ARC Future Fellowship, Matthew is currently a CI on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. In this role Matthew is leading a research programme on the social dimensions of bio-nanotechnologies. Matthew is also a CI on the National Demonstration and Engagement Programme (Australian Water Recyling Centre ofr Excellence). In collaboration with Prof. Judy Motion (Humanities and Languages, UNSW), Matthew has lead an award-winning study of the public understandings of recycled water.

Matthew is also a foundation member of the Governing Emergencies Network funded by the Leverhulme Foundation.

He holds editorial positions with Science as Culture and Environmental Humanities. He is also a member of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), the Science and Democracy Network and the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network.

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