The Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Environmental History Network is pleased that two postgraduate representatives will be joining our committee. Taylor Coyne, a PhD candidate at UNSW, and Amanda Wells, a PhD Candidate at University of Newcastle, will be the voice of PhD and master’s students.
To assist in their new work, Taylor and Amanda have created a Google Form for HDR students to use to register with the Network.
Taylor Coyne is a Human Geography PhD Candidate and Queer Political Ecologist in the Environment and Society Group at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He does research within unceded Eora Country in Sydney, Australia. Working at the intersections of urban political ecology, environmental history, landscape design, sound studies, and queer theory his work seeks to understand how water – in particular stormwater – is considered in the design, planning, management, and governance of urban environments. Through his work, Taylor explores the relationships between water, design, sound, history, and justice across Sydney, with consideration of other settler-colonial cities in Australia and elsewhere in the world. Developing a narrative for historical shifts in how ‘infrastructures’ have been considered by various socio-cultural groups is at the heart of Taylor’s research. By contrasting contemporary accounts of waters across – and under – Sydney with collections of archival material created after British arrival Taylor works towards making sense of what kinds of narratives have been created for why waters have been controlled in the ways that they have. All of Taylor’s research interests are threaded together by the overarching aim to address matters that are important to marginalised communities in Sydney, with a particular focus on bringing Indigenous knowledges and queer histories to the fore.
Amanda Wells is a PhD student at the University of Newcastle. She brings anthropological methodologies to her environmental historical research on the social and ecological transformation of Riverland landscapes through citrus growing. Amanda currently lives in the Barossa Valley, on Ngadjuri Country.
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