N.A.J. Taylor

My research forges connections between Environmental Philosophy and International Ethics, through the prism of the nuclear age.
            For two decades my projects have contributed to the broad interdisciplinary subfield of the Nuclear Humanities. My current project, sponsored by Deakin University, approaches the Australian nuclear fuel cycle as future cultural and environmental heritage. Australia is a critical site for understanding nuclear heritage internationally because it is both home to the world’s oldest continuous cultures as well as one third of all the known uranium.
             Other recent projects include an archival research fellowship that sought to (re)construct the nuclear ethics and politics of the pioneering environmental philosopher Richard Sylvan, and an Australian Academy of the Humanities fellowship that is cataloguing and digitising several works by pioneering members of the Atomic Photographers Guild, of which I am a member of the advisory board.
            Prior to holding these research-only appointments, I taught for thirteen years in Australia and the United States. Initially drawing on my experience as an award-winning ethicist in the pension and sovereign wealth fund industry, I began by lecturing on environmental, social and governance risks at a Graduate School of Management. More recently, I developed and delivered courses in Australian indigenous and settler environmental philosophies that drew students from across the university.
            The impulse for my sustained interest in human-nature relations is documented in several published works of narrative and visual auto-ethnography—from an award-winning essay of field philosophy, to a series of essays that work through various familial traumas, and a monograph of my partner’s pre- and post-pregnancy paintings and drawings.
            I live and work on Dja Dja Wurrung land and waters, with my partner and daughter. I have no social media presence, so please connect with me on email