Research

Past research projects have drawn more than $750,000 of externally-funded competitive grants and fellowships in North America, Europe, and Oceania. My current project is sponsored by The University of Queensland’s 2020 Fryer Library Fellowship, and (re)constructs Richard Routley/Sylvan’s Antipodean nuclear ethics and politics through archival research. My next project approaches Australia’s nuclear fuel cycle as future cultural and environmental heritage, and is sponsored by the Killam Trusts and The University of British Columbia [2020-22], where I am an incoming Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and The University of New South Wales, through an Australian Defence Force Academy Visiting Fellowship [2020-23]. All current and completed research projects on the problem of nuclear harm are documented in the following three micro-sites:

Nuclear Archives [2011-ongoing]

Nuclear Reimaginings [2014-18]

Nuclear Dialogues [2009-14]

Additionally, in 2009 I began experimenting with narrative and visual auto-ethnography as a means to work through various familial traumas. Making photographic images, and publishing them, has become integral to both my writing of the self as well as my research into the problem of nuclear harm, resulting in a 2015 exhibition that showed in Australia, Europe and the United States. My nuclear auto-ethnography was awarded the inaugural Alan Roberts Prize for Nuclear Culture in 2019 by the scholarly periodical Arena, after which I became a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild. More recently, the generative experience of parenting led me to edit a book of my partner Jahnne Pasco-White’s pre- and post-pregnancy paintings and drawings, alongside a dozen essayists who interrogate the limits and possibilities of kinship.

Prior to contributing to the broad interdisciplinary subfield of the Nuclear Humanities, I developed and then applied advances in ethical and responsible investment to various sectors and settings, including the extraction of uranium in Australia. This earlier work culminated in Australasia’s inaugural award for environmental, social and governance research in 2007, which was sponsored by the Australian higher education and research sector superannuation scheme, UniSuper.