An important function of this site is to disseminate information on publications and reference material on Environmental History. Some of the publications listed here can be ordered online, or alternative ordering information is provided where possible.

Publications in progress

New International Project on the History of Environmental Prediction


Desert ChannelsDesert Channels: The Impulse to Conserve

The Desert Channels book, edited by Libby Robin, Chris Dickman and Mandy Martin, is the centrepiece of a project that combines book, art exhibitions and web-based materials that explore the understandings of the distinctive Desert Channels country of south-western Queensland.

Read more about the book, including a full list of contributors, at the Desert Channels web site.


Boom and Bust coverBoom and Bust: Bird Stories for a Dry Country

Edited by Libby Robin, Robert Heinsohn (Fenner School) and Leo Joseph (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems) (published by CSIRO PUBLISHING, March 2009)

Violent EndsViolent Ends: The Arts of Environmental Anxiety

Violent Ends was a multi-media event held at National Museum of Australia on 11 June 2009. Participants included Mandy Martin, Will Fox, Tom Griffiths, Libby Robin, Carolyn Strange, Will Steffen, and Kate Rigby. Violent Ends is now published online and the website includes transcripts, images, video and audio recordings.

Visit Violent Ends, hosted at the National Museum of Australia.

Slicing the Silence coverSlicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica

Tom Griffiths

ISBN: 9780868409726, New South, May 2007, 320pp, PB , 235x155mm.

How a Continent Created a NationHow a Continent Created a Nation

Libby Robin

UNSW Press, February 2007, 272pp

Perfumed PineriesPerfumed Pineries

ground-breaking conference proceedings Edited by John Dargavel, Diane Hart and Brenda Libbis Now available online as part of the Australian Forest History Series collection

Strata coverStrata: deserts past, present and future

By Mandy Martin, Libby Robin and Mike Smith

This book is about diverse kinds of knowledge and ways of knowing place. Indigenous knowledge depends on country- country is the context for knowledge and the place where knowledge is significant. Western science, by contrast, typically differentiates between the knowing and the place- in many cases, it seeks knowledge systems, Indigenous, scientific and artistic – and by locating them in a common place we seek co- understanding, for valuing the different ways each of us sees a single place that is significant, but differently so, for each perspective.

There was an exhibition of art works from all the artists associated with Strata, curated by Tim Rollason, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, 18- 24 July 2005

Download a PDF of Strata from the Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU.

Australian Forest History Series

Black Friday

Black Friday


Reviews of Selected Publications (2000 – 2001)

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