Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. She is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience.  In particular, Dr. Finney explores  how issues of difference  impacts participation  in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues. More broadly she likes to trouble our theoretical and methodological edges that shape knowledge production and determine whose knowledge counts. Carolyn is grounded  in both artistic  and intellectual  ways of knowing  – she pursed an acting career for eleven years, but a backpacking trip around the world and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, Carolyn returned  to school  after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. (both of these degrees focused on gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal, respectively) and Ph.D. (which focused on African Americans and environmental issues in the U.S.) She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Canon National Parks  Science Scholar and received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Studies.  Along with public speaking, writing, consulting and teaching (she has held positions at Wellesley College, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Kentucky), she served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years which  assists the National Park Service in engaging in relations of reciprocity with diverse communities.  Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoorswas released in 2014 (UNC Press).

Carolyn is currently  working  on a number  of projects  including a new book (creative non-fiction) that explores identity, race, lived experience and the construction of a black environmental imaginary, and a performance piece about John Muir (The N Word: Nature Revisited). She has recently published a piece for a special issue of Harvard Design Magazine (themed Into the Woods) entitled “The Space Between the Words” (March 2018) and another article for VIEW, the magazine of the Library of American Landscape History (Summer 2018).



Janelle Knox-Hayes is an Associate Professor of Economic Geography and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT. Her research focuses on the ways in which social and environmental systems are governed under changing temporal and spatial scales as a consequence of globalization. Her latest projects examine how social values shape sustainable development in the Artic, and how communities in Southern Louisiana are managing coastal retreat.  Her publications include multiple peer reviewed articles and two books, Saving for Retirement, and The Culture of Markets: The Political Economy of Climate Governance.  She is also the book review editor of the Journal of Economic Geography, and editor for the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.



Sangeetha holds a joint appointment at the University of Melbourne. She is Deputy Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and teaches and researches in the School of Geography, Faculty of Science.

Sangeetha is a political and economic geographer who researches the changing nature of energy production and consumption and the reworking of social and spatial relations. Sangeetha is interested in the role energy plays in the making of modern states, governing populations, accumulation strategies and environmental change. Her current work examines how decarbonization and the commodification of information are reshaping energy markets and regulation to produce uneven outcomes. Prior to undertaking her PhD Sangeetha worked in climate change and energy policy.


Jeff Malpas is Emeritus Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania. Originally trained as a philosopher, his work encompasses a wide range of disciplines, from art and architecture to geography and sociology.

Strongly grounded in post-Kantian thought, especially the hermeneutical and phenomenological traditions, but also incorporating aspects of analytic philosophy, his research is centered on the project of philosophical topography or topology – a mode of inter-disciplinary philosophical inquiry that takes place (‘topos’) as its key concept. He draws on the ideas of a diverse range of thinkers including Hannah Arendt, Albert Camus, Donald Davidson, Martin Heidegger, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. He is currently co-editor of the Springer series Contributions to Hermeneutics. He was the founder and the first Director of the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Applied Philosophy and Ethics (now the Inglis Clark Centre), and has many years’ experience in consultancy and training for both Government and private sector organizations. He is the author or editor of some 20 or so books (including Place and Experience, and Heidegger’s Topology), and has published over 150 articles in scholarly books and journals.


Jennifer Wolch is Dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley and William W. Wurster Professor of City and Regional Planning.

Prior to her appointment at UC Berkeley, she was Professor of Geography and Urban Planning, and Director of the Center for Sustainable Cities at the University of Southern California, where she taught courses on Los Angeles, urban social problems, animal geographies, and sustainable cities. Wolch has investigated problems of urban poverty, homelessness, and human service delivery. Her research also focuses on metropolitan sprawl, physical activity and urban planning and design, urban open space and environmental justice, and human-animal relations.

Wolch has written and edited several books, including Landscapes of Despair: From Deinstitutionalization to Homelessness (with M. Dear, Princeton, 1987), The Shadow State: Government and Voluntary Sector in Transition(Foundation Center, 1990), and Malign Neglect: Homelessness in an American City (with M. Dear, Jossey-Bass, 1993), editor of The Power of Geography: How Territory Shapes Social Life (co-edited with M. Dear, Unwin Hyman, 1989), and Up Against the Sprawl: Public Policy and the Making of Southern California (co-edited with M. Pastor Jr., and P. Dreier, Minnesota, 2004). In 1998 Wolch co-edited Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature/Culture Borderlands (with J. Emel, Verso, 1998), following the publication of a special issue on animals in human geography, in Society and Space.

Her work in the area of animal-society relations has focused on the broad thematic of animal geographies, and in particular the interaction of people and animals in urban contexts. This research has ranged from the theoretical to empirical, with the more conceptual work attempting to ‘bring the animals back in’ to the mainstream of human geographic thinking, and into urban geographic thought in particular; and the empirical analyses focused on attitudes toward animals and community/metropolitan planning that is inclusive of animals.


Dr. Greg Lehman is a McKenzie Research Fellow at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. A descendant of the Trawulwuy people of north east Tasmania, he has worked in Aboriginal history, heritage and arts for over thirty years. Previously an Indigenous Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Greg has worked in a number of research institutions including the Australian National University’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies.

In 2012, Greg was awarded a Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Scholarship to complete a Masters in the History of Art and Visual Cultures at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he researched the work of colonial artist Benjamin Duterrau. He was received the 2016 AAANZ award for ‘Best Art Writing by an Indigenous Australian for his essay Benjamin Duterrau: the Art of Conciliation.

Greg completed his PhD at the University of Tasmania’s Academy of the Arts. His thesis, ‘Regarding the Savage’, explored the understanding of Aboriginal culture and identity through visual history. Greg also has degrees in Life Sciences and Environmental Studies, and most recently curated the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery’s permanent exhibition ‘First Tasmanians’, which explores the culture of Aboriginal Tasmania prior to European invasion. He maintains a research interest in cultural burning and environmental history of Tasmania.


Distinguished Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick AM
Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania

Jamie may have influenced our current reality a little as a result of his half century of politicking, research and teaching. He is a past president of both the IAG and the Ecological Society of Australia, a past member/chair of innumerable NGO, State and Commonwealth committees, the supervisor of more than 70 graduated research higher degree students, and a prolific publisher of both academic and popular books and articles. Jamie is currently a member of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council and the University Council. He is on the editorial board of Landscape and Urban Planning and Geographical Research. He co-ordinates the Bachelor of Natural Environments and Wilderness degree, teaches in the undergraduate program (Fire, Weeds and Ferals, Natural Environment Field Techniques), supervises 15-20 students undertaking research projects, and works with students and colleagues on his own research. Nature conservation has been, and is, a strong focus. In recent years he has been enjoying himself working at the intersections of plant ecology, animal ecology, pedology, geomorphology and social geography.

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