Adjunct Professor Deborah Rose

Adjunct Professor
School of Humanities & Languages


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

Deborah Rose is a founding figure in the environmental humanities in Australia. She carries out research on multispecies relationships at the edge of extinction. Her most recent book is Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction (University of Virginia Press, 2011). Professor Rose has spent many years learning from Aboriginal people, and has written widely on Indigenous kinship with animals. Her books include Country of the Heart: An Indigenous Australian Homeland (second edition, 2011, Aboriginal Studies Press), and the prize-winning study Dingo Makes Us Human (third edition, Cambridge University Press, 2009). Her current research includes studies of flying foxes in the Pacific region, and of the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal. She holds a joint appointment with Macquarie University where she is Professor of Social Inclusion. In addition to her work on the new journal Environmental Humanities, which she co-edits with Thom van Dooren, she serves on the editorial boards of several other journals including Society and Space: Environment and Planning D and Australian Humanities Review. She also serves on numerous advisory boards, including the ‘Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture – Australia New Zealand’, and the ‘Minding Animals Academic Advisory Committee’.


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’ (