Our People

Our people strive to challenge disciplinary boundaries through purposeful, transdisciplinary research that contributes to the academy, communities, and industry.

Our robust research communities are a collaborative and dynamic mechanism through which environmental research is translated into better-informed public discourse, culture, decision-making processes, and action.


Prof. David Schlosberg


Department of Government and International Relations

David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. His work focuses on contemporary environmental and environmental justice movements, environment and everyday life, and climate adaptation planning and policy.

He is the author of Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford, 2007); co-author of Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford, 2013); and co-editor of both The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford 2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (Oxford 2016). His latest book, Sustainable Materialism: Environmental Movements and the Politics of Everyday Life, was published by Oxford.

David Schlosberg is one of the Research Leads on Climate Justice and Problems of Scale, Creating Just Food and Energy Policy, Environmental Disasters and Just Governance, Building an Understanding of Best Practice Local Food Interventions, Community Engagement in Food Governance and Evaluating FoodLab Sydney.

Prof. Danielle Celermajer

Deputy Director - Academic
Department of Sociology and Social Policy

Danielle Celermajer is a Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, and Deputy Director – Academic of the Sydney Environment Institute.

Her books include Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology (Cambridge University Press 2009), A Cultural Theory of Law in the Modern Age(Bloomsbury, 2018), and The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Dany is Director of the Multispecies Justice Project and along with her multispecies community, she has recently lived through the NSW fires, writing in the face of their experience of the “killing of everything”, which she calls “omnicide”.

Danielle Celermajer is the Research Lead on Concepts and Practices of Multispecies Justice.

Ass Prof. Rosanne Quinnell

Deputy Director - Education
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Rosanne is an Associate Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences with the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science. Her research is focused in the botanical world where she has examined the biology of symbiotic systems, developed ways to improve botanical literacy and, most recently, she is exploring human-plant interactions through transdisciplinary partnerships (see TREES research group). Her article “grieving with plants, dancing in the leaves” is an example of this latter work. She is currently part of a institutional-wide collaboration, supported by the University’s Sustainability Strategy to create a ‘curriculum garden’ on campus.

Ass Prof. Thom van Dooren

Deputy Director - Member Engagement
Department of Gender and Cultural Studies

Thom van Dooren‘s research is situated in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. He is currently an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021) in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies and the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, and a Professor II in the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities at the University of Oslo, Norway.

His research focuses on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural, and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places. These themes are explored in depth in three recent books: Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (2014), The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds (2019), and the co-edited collection Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017), all published by Columbia University Press.

Learn more about Thom van Dooren.

Thom van Dooren is the Research Lead on Animal Stories, The Living Archive and Climate Justice and Problems of Scale.

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