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, and Treasurer of the International Water History Association.

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
  • Morgan, R 2021, 'Health, hearth and empire: Climate, race and reproduction in British India and Western Australia', Environment and History, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 299-250.
  • Beattie, J & Morgan, R 2021, 'From history of science to history of knowledge? Themes and perspectives in colonial Australasia', History Compass, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 1-10.
  • Morgan, R 2021, 'Fueling the colonial future an environmental history of the Blue gum, from British India to California', Pacific Historical Review, vol. 90, no. 2, pp. 183-210.
  • Protschky, S & Morgan, R 2021, 'Historicising sulfur mining, lime extraction and geotourism in Indonesia and Australia', The Extractive Industries and Society, vol. 8, no. 4.
  • Morgan, R & COOK, M 2021, 'Gender, environment and history: New methods and approaches in environmental history', International Review of Environmental History, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 5-19.
  • Dobbie, M, Morgan, R & Frost, L 2020, 'Overcoming Abundance: Social Capital and Managing Floods in Inner Melbourne during the Nineteenth Century', Journal of Urban History, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 33-49.
  • Morgan, R 2020, 'Prophecy and Prediction: Drought and Meteorology in British India and the Australian Colonies', Global Environment, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 96-133.
  • Morgan, R 2020, 'Looking for the Leeuwin An Environmental History of the Leeuwin Current', in Martin Mahony & Samuel Randalls (ed.), Weather, Climate and the Geographical Imagination, University of Pittsburgh Press, USA, pp. 21 pages.
  • Holmes, K, Gaynor, A & Morgan, R 2020, 'Doing environmental history in urgent times', History Australia, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 230-251.
  • Morgan, R 2020, 'Southern skies: Australian atmospheric research and global climate change', Disaster Prevention and Management, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 47-63.
  • 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.
  • Morgan, R 2017, 'AHS classics: Rural history and environmental history', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 554-568.
  • Morgan, R 2017, 'On the home front: Australians and the 1914 drought', in Georgina H. Endfield, Lucy Veale (ed.), Cultural Histories, Memories and Extreme Weather, Routledge, London, pp. 34-54.