Professor Deborah Rose

Adjunct Professor
School of Humanities & Languages


352 Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Anthropology, Environmental Philosophy
Tags: Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Professor Deborah Bird Rose is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a founding co-editor of Environmental Humanities. She has worked with Aboriginal people in their claims to land and other decolonising contexts, and in both scholarly and practical arenas her work is focused on the convergence of social and ecological justice. Her current research interests focus on human-animal relationships in this time of extinctions, and she writes widely in both academic and literary genres. Her recent book, Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction (2011, University of Virginia Press), asks what constitutes ethical relationships in this era of loss, and is described by Donna Haraway as a ‘wise and generative book’.

Other recent books include the re-released second edition of Country of the Heart: An Indigenous Australian Homeland (2011), the third edition of the prize-winning ethnography Dingo Makes Us Human (2009), Reports from a Wild Country: Ethics for Decolonisation (2004) and Nourishing Terrains: Australian Aboriginal views of Landscape and Wilderness (1996). She serves on the Editorial Boards of two book series: Routledge’s Environmental Humanities Series and Sydney University Press’s Animal Publics Series. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Deborah is a foundation member of the Extinction Studies Working Group ( She is a regular guest on radio programs, and is the author of the popular blog ‘Life at the Edge of Extinction’ (



    • Gibson K, 2015, Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene, Punctum Books

    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    • Rose DB, 2017, 'Connectivity thinking, animism, and the pursuit of liveliness', Educational Theory, vol. 67, pp. 491 - 508,
    • Van Dooren T;Rose DB, 2016, 'Lively Ethography: Storying Animist Worlds', Environmental Humanities, vol. 8, pp. 77 - 94,
    • Rose DB, 2014, 'Arts of flow: poetics of ‘fit’ in Aboriginal Australia', Dialectical Anthropology, vol. 38, pp. 431 - 445,
    • Castree N;Adams WM;Barry J;Brockington D;Büscher B;Corbera E;Demeritt D;Duffy R;Felt U;Neves K;Newell P;Pellizzoni L;Rigby K;Robbins P;Robin L;Rose DB;Ross A;Schlosberg D;Sörlin S;West P;Whitehead M;Wynne B, 2014, 'Changing the intellectual climate', Nature Climate Change, vol. 4, pp. 763 - 768,
    • Rose DB, 2014, 'The goodness of flying-foxes', Forum for World Literature Studies, vol. 6, pp. 77 - 89
    • Rose DB, 2013, 'Dingo Kinship', Wildlife Australia, vol. 50, pp. 33 - 35,
    • Rose DB, 2013, 'Postscript - Connecting: a dialogue between Deborah Bird Rose and Martin Harrison', Text: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, vol. 17, pp. 1 - 5,
    • Rose DB, 2013, 'Val Plumwood’s Philosophical Animism: Attentive Inter-actions in the Sentient World’', Environmental Humanities, vol. 3, pp. 93 - 109,
    • Rose DB, 2013, 'Slowly ~ Writing into the Anthropocene', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, vol. 17, pp. 1 - 14,
    • van Dooren T;Rose D, 2012, 'Storied-places in a multispecies city', Humanimalia, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 27
    • Rose D, 2012, 'Multispecies Knots of Ethical Time', Environmental Philosophy, vol. IX, pp. 127 - 140,
    • Rose D, 2012, 'Cosmopolitics: The Kiss of Life', New Formations, vol. 76, pp. 101 - 113,
    • Rose DB, 2011, 'Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction', Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction
    • Rose D, 2011, 'Flying Foxes: Kin, Keystone, Kontaminant', Australian Humanities Review, pp. 119 - 136
    • Rose D;Cooke S;van Dooren T, 2011, 'Ravens at Play', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 17, pp. 326 - 343,
    • Rose D;Muir C;Sullivan P, 2010, 'From the other side of the knowledge frontier: Indigenous knowledge, social–ecological relationships and new perspectives', The Rangeland Journal, vol. 32, pp. 259 - 265
    • Rose D, 2008, 'At the Billabong', Philosophy, Activism, Nature, pp. 59 - 62
    • Rose D, 2008, 'On history, trees and ethical proximity', Postcolonial Studies - Culture Politics Economy, vol. 11, pp. 157 - 167
    • Rose D, 2008, 'Fitting into Country: Ecology and Economics in Indigenous Australia', Capitalism Nature Socialism, vol. 19, pp. 117 - 121
    • Rose D, 2008, 'Dreaming Ecology: Beyond the between', Religion and Literature, vol. 40, pp. 109 - 122
    • Rose D, 2008, 'Judas Work: Four Modes of Sorrow’', Environmental Philosophy, vol. 5, pp. 51 - 66


    • Rose DB (ed.), 2011, Introduction, Australia

    Edited Books