Ruth Morgan

Ruth Morgan is an environmental historian who researches the interactions between people and place over time, and how these interactions have shaped our present. Her award-winning research focuses on the ways that settler Australians have understood local climates, climate variability, and anthropogenic climate change since the late eighteenth century, and how these understandings have informed rural and urban development, and water resource management. She has published extensively on these themes in international journals such as OsirisRadical History Review, and the Journal of Urban History, and her first book, Running Out? Water in Western Australia (2015), won the 2016 Western Australian Premier’s Book Prize for Western Australian History. Ruth’s research is interdisciplinary in nature, and she has worked closely with researchers associated with the CRC for Water Sensitive Citiesto bring the insights of the humanities to bear on current practices and policy options. She is also committed to engaging with wider audiences beyond the academy, and has written for The Conversation, appeared on ABC local radio, and coordinated the Making Public Histories Seminar Series , which is an ongoing collaboration between Monash University, the History Council of Victoria, and State Library Victoria. Ruth holds a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council, and she is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, Germany, where she is a Carl Friedrich von Siemens Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation