My contributions to the broad interdisciplinary subfield of the Nuclear Humanities span two decades.
My current project, sponsored by Deakin University, approaches the Australian nuclear fuel cycle as future cultural and environmental heritage. Other recent projects include an archival research fellowship at The University of Queensland 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 materials relating to the world’s first two nuclear photographers—Berlyn Brixner and Yoshito Matsushige—that are held by the Atomic Photographers Guild, for whom I also serve on 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 applied ethicist in the pension and sovereign wealth fund industry, I began by lecturing on environmental, social and governance risks associated with uranium extraction at a Graduate School of Management. More recently, I developed and delivered courses in Australian indigenous and settler environmental philosophies that drew, in part, from my applied and theoretical work on the extractive industries.
The impulse for my sustained interest in human-nature relations is documented in several published works of narrative and visual auto-ethnography—from an prize-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.