Deb Anderson

Deb Anderson is a journalist, oral historian and academic based in Melbourne. Raised on a dairy farm in north Queensland, she spent more than a decade working for the press in Australia and overseas, principally for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, before becoming a lecturer at Monash University in 2013. Her work explores the meaning of extreme weather for Australians, and how this shapes perceptions of issues of climate change. She enjoys collaborative projects that bring together people in communities, industries and university, and recently completed a new oral history collection on drought for Museum Victoria. The stories in that collection became the basis of the book Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought (CSIRO Publishing, 2014). She has begun a new collection on cyclone experiences in northern Australia and an investigation of media coverage of bushfire protection policies in Victoria.