Global Ecologies: Videos from the Local Impacts Conference

“How do we deal with these intangible elements of loss caused by climate change?”

Last year’s Global Ecologies – Local Impacts Conference in November resulted in the productive conversations surrounding the interactions and tensions between local and global spheres of environmental change.

During the Conference, SEI Director Iain McCalman spoke to event keynotes Deborah Bird Rose, Petra Tschakert, Joni Adamson, James Bradley, Alice Te Punga Sommerville and John Wolseley. From this, we have developed a series of short videos that discuss each keynotes conference papers, overall research and critical research questions and issues that they aim to address.

Please take a moment to watch Iain’s conversations with Deborah Bird Rose, and Petra Tschakert below.

Deborah Bird Rose

Deborah Bird Rose (FASSA) is a prize-winning author and a leading figure in the Environmental Humanities. She is a Professor in Environmental Humanities at UNSW and with Thom van Dooren she founded the journal Environmental Humanities. She now serves on several editorial boards, including the newly founded Ecological Citizen. Her most recent book is Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction. (

Petra Tschakert

Petra Tschakert is Centenary Professor in Rural Development at the University of Western Australia. She received her MPhil in 1991 in Geography & Economics and French from the Karl Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria, and her PhD in Arid Lands Resource Sciences with a minor in Applied Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2003. Her research activities and practice focus broadly on human-environment interactions and more specifically on rural livelihoods, environmental change, marginalisation, social learning, and deliberate societal transformation. Her primary interest lies in the theoretical and empirical intersections of political ecology, environmental justice, complex systems science, and participatory research, with research experience mainly in Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa, Nepal, and India.

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Joni Adamson

Joni Adamson is Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Department of English and Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She was 2012 president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and is the convener of the North American Observatory in the Humanities for the Environment Global Network. She is co-editor of Keywords for Environmental Studies (New York University Press, 2016) and Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos (Routledge, 2016). She is the author of over 50 articles, book chapters and reviews.

James Bradley

James Bradley is a novelist and critic. his books include the novels, Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and most recently Clade, which was shortlisted for a number of major literary awards, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, and the Penguin Book of the Ocean. In 2012 he won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s critic of the year, and he has been shortlisted for this year’s Bragg prize for science writing. His first book for younger readers, The Altered Child, will be published in 2017.

Alice Te Punga Sommerville

Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Āti Awa, Taranaki) writes and teaches at the intersections of Indigenous, Pacific, literary and cultural studies. She has taught at Victoria University of Wellington, University of Hawai’i-Mānoa, and Macquarie University. Her first book was Once Were Pacific: Maori Connections to Oceania (Minnesota 2012). She also writes the occasional poem.

John Wolseley

John Wolseley was born 1938 in England and settled in Australia in 1976. His work over the last twenty years has been a search to discover how we dwell and move within landscape – a meditation on how the earth is a dynamic system of which we are all a part. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Macquarie University, Sydney and the Emeritus Medal from the Visual Arts Board of Australia Council.

You can access the full Global Ecologies – Local impact video series here.

For all of SEI’s videos click here.