Prof. Heather Goodall

Professor Heather Goodall is Professor of History in the Centre for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies at UTS and co-editor of the journal Conservation and Society

Profile: Professor Heather Goodall is Professor of History in the Centre for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies at UTS and co-editor of the journal Conservation and Society. Heather specialises in Australian Aboriginal history, in environmental history and in intercolonial studies, in particular on the links between Australia, south Asia and the eastern Indian Ocean. Her recent research has drawn on oral history and archival methods to investigate relationships between people and their environments. Her recent work has included partnerships with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to research the role of cultural diversity in shaping interactions with rivers and public space in urban areas and with the Murray Darling Basin Authority to research local fishing people’s knowledge of changes in rivers and in riverine species in inland south eastern Australia. Her current ARC-funded research projects, Intercoloniality and Countering the Cold War, are exploring relations between India, Indonesia and Australia focusing on the circulation of politics among mobile populations like seafarers, soldiers and activists in labour and women’s movements during the twentieth century.

Recent publications

Cook, K, Goodall, H (2013) Making Change Happen: Black & White activists talk to Kevin Cook about Aboriginal, Union & Liberation politics, Aboriginal History & ANU. ePress. (online, forthcoming)

Goodall, H (2013), Geographies of Memory: environmental history and spatial power. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, Occasional Papers Series.

Frawley, J, Goodall, H (2013) ‘Transforming Saltbush: science, mobility and metaphor in the remaking of Intercolonial worlds’. Conservation and Society, 11(2):

Byrne, D, Goodall, H, Cadzow, A (2013), Place-Making in national parks: Ways that Australians of Arabic and Vietnamese background perceive and use the parklands along the Georges River. NSW, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, online report. http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nswcultureheritage/PlaceMakingGeorgesRiver.htm

Goodall, H, Cadzow, A (2009) Rivers and Resilience: Aboriginal People on Sydney’s Georges River. UNSW Press.

Goodall, H (2008) ‘Digging Deeper: ground tanks and the elusive Indian Archipelago’. In Beyond the Black Stump: rethinking rural histories in Australia, Alan Mayne (eds.). Adelaide: Wakefield Press.

Goodall, H (2008) ‘Port Politics: Indian Seamen, Australian unionists and Indonesian Independence, 1945-1947’. Labour History, 94:

Goodall, H (2008), ‘Riding the Tide: Indigenous knowledge, history and water in a changing Australia’. Environment and History, 14: 355-84.

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