Assoc Prof Ruth Morgan

Associate Professor, School of History
Director, Centre for Environmental History

Ruth is an environmental historian and historian of science with a particular focus on Australia, the British Empire, and the Indian Ocean world, living and working on the unceded lands of the Ngambri and Ngunnawal peoples.

Her research has been generously supported by the Australian Research Council, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society.

Ruth is Vice President of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations, Treasurer of the International Water History Association, and Vice President of the International Commission on the History of Meteorology.

She was previously based at Monash University (2012-2020), and completed her doctoral studies at the University of Western Australia.

Research interests

  • Environmental History
  • History of Science
  • Climate History
  • Water History
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Holmes, K, Gaynor, A & Morgan, R 2020, 'Doing environmental history in urgent times', History Australia, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 230-251.
  • Cattelino, J, Drew, G & Morgan, R 2019, 'Water Flourishing in the Anthropocene', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 135-52.
  • Morgan, R 2019, 'The Continent without a Cryohistory? Deep Time and Water Scarcity in Arid Settler Australia', Journal of Northern Studies, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 43-69.