Associate Professor Paul Brown

School of Humanities & Languages

Contact

Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Environment Policy, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Environmental Education and Extension, Film, Television and Digital Media, Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Tags: Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards, Environmental Education and Awareness, Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences, Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing, Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology

Author, Producer, Researcher, Manager, Educator, Consultant

Paul is an educationalist, researcher, community artist and creative producer. For over thirty years he has successfully integrated university research, teaching and leadership with arts practice, community engagement and consultancy – across humanities, environment, science and community development fields. Environmental issues, theatre and film production, communications and community engagement are central to his practitioner and academic interests. He has published in fields of environmental humanities, eco-criticism, creative arts practice and science and technology studies. His recent practice-based research includes an oral history and performance project on South Asian development issues, a major international arts program linking creative artists with communities that have experienced nuclear testing, and environmental education initiatives in Australia and with a Bangladesh consortium.

In academia, Paul was first appointed to UNSW in 1994 as lecturer in Environmental Policy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He developed and taught across a wide range of courses, and played a co-ordinating role in the Environmental Studies Program for the Faculty until 2007, when he was appointed foundational Head of the School of History and Philosophy (later school of Humanities and now School of Humanities and Languages). He held this senior management and leadership position for five years 2007-12, responsible for over fifty academic staff and eight professional staff. Throughout his UNSW career, Paul has taken key roles in curriculum development, and helped lead developments in on-line teaching, both in his own courses and across the School of Humanities while Head of School. He has substantial teaching experience within the Masters of Environmental Management (MEM), and has been a key contributor to interdisciplinary activities through the Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW. Paul now holds a position in the School of Humanities and Languages, and is consultant for a current Scientia Education Investment Fund development project at UNSW, with focus on on-line teaching development for the Masters of Environmental Management. Since 2017, he has taught four courses within the MEM, and was the convenor of that program in 2018.

As a creative writer and producer, mostly of plays and films, Paul is the author of Aftershocks, verbatim theatre about the Newcastle earthquake. He co-founded Urban Theatre Projects in 1980, and wrote major community theatre works for Murray River Performing Group, Theatreworks, and Urban Theatre Projects. Paul is the author of the documentary film Sixty Thousand Barrels, and of the verbatim play Half a Life, which documents the experience of veterans who served at the British Nuclear Testing ground at Maralinga. In 2014-18 he was the Creative Producer for the Nuclear Futures creative partnerships initiative, linking artists with atomic survivor communities to make creative works across 22 community-based multi-arts projects. Highlights include the production and gifting of Australia's sculpture in the Nagasaki Peace Park, and the digital projections 10 Minutes to Midnight, and Ngurini (Searching) two multi-media installations.

Publications

    Books

    • Merson J; Brown PF; Cooney R, (eds.), 2012, Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, Original, UNSW Press, Sydney
    • Brown PF;Mills D, 2004, Art and wellbeing, 10, Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney, Australia

    Book Chapters

    • Arvanitakis J;Brown PF, 2013, 'Scarce Water and the Australian Progress Trap: a commentary', in Badyopadhay DN; Francis R (ed.), Remapping the Future: History, Culture and Environment in Australia and India, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne
    • Merson J;Cooney R;Brown PF, 2012, 'Conclusions', in Merson J; Cooney R; Brown P (ed.), Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 316 - 323
    • Merson J;Cooney R;Brown PF, 2012, 'Introduction', in Merson J; Cooney R; Brown P (ed.), Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 2 - 11
    • Brown PF;Wake C, 2010, 'The Future of Verbatim Theatre: Truthfulness in a New Era', in Brown P (ed.), Verbatim: Staging Memory and Community, edn. Original, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, Sydney, pp. 18 - 21
    • Brown PF, 2008, 'Knowledge, Power and Cultural Policy: social understanding through community cultural development', in Making Money Making Meaning: Directions for the Arts and Cultural Industries in the Creative Age, edn. Original, Cambridge Scholars
    • Brown PF, 2006, 'Maralinga: Theatre from a Place of War', in Unstable Ground: Performance and the Politics of Place, edn. 1, PIE Peter Lang, Brusseles, pp. 205 - 226
    • Brown PF, 2002, 'The ratbag of Botany: Activism and community participation around industrial sites in south-eastern Sydney', in McPhillips K (ed.), LOCAL HEROES: Australian Crusades from the Environmental Frontline, edn. 1, Pluto Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 110 - 128
    • Finnane M;Reekie G;Bennett T;Miller T;Swanson G, 1990, 'Introduction', in Continuum, edn. 1, pp. 7 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304319009388144

    Journal articles

    • Brown P, 2014, 'Environmental ethics: Potent foundational knowledge or inert scholarship?', Metascience, vol. 23, pp. 131 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11016-013-9817-z
    • Brown P, 2014, 'Ecological knowledge in community theater', CLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/1481-4374.2584
    • Pharo E;Davison A;McGregor H;Warr K;Brown P, 2014, 'Using communities of practice to enhance interdisciplinary teaching: lessons from four Australian institutions', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 33, pp. 341 - 354, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2013.832168
    • Barnes R;Ashbolt N;Roser D;Brown P, 2014, 'Implementing sustainable water and sanitation projects in rural, developing communities', Waterlines, vol. 33, pp. 71 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.3362/1756-3488.2014.008
    • Davison A;Brown P;Pharo E;Warr K;McGregor H;Terkes S;Boyd D;Abuodha P, 2014, 'Distributed leadership: Building capacity for interdisciplinary climate change teaching at four universities', International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 15, pp. 98 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-10-2012-0091
    • Barnes R;Roser D;Brown P, 2011, 'Critical evaluation of planning frameworks for rural water and sanitation development projects', Development in Practice, vol. 21, pp. 168 - 189, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2011.543269
    • Hillier Oam N;Gennissen J;Pickering B;Smolenski R;Brown P, 2009, 'Our battle with hexachlorobenzene: citizen perspectives on toxic waste in Botany.', J Environ Manage, vol. 90, pp. 1605 - 1612, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.05.015
    • Rae I;Brown P, 2009, 'Managing the intractable: Communicative structures for management of hexachlorobenzene and other scheduled wastes', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 90, pp. 1583 - 1592, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.05.013
    • Brown P;Benn S, 2009, 'Toxic risk and governance: The case of hexachlorobenzene', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 90, pp. 1557 - 1558, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.05.010
    • Benn S;Brown P;North-Samardzic A, 2009, 'A commentary on decision-making and organisational legitimacy in the Risk Society', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 90, pp. 1655 - 1662, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.05.021
    • Brown P, 2009, 'Toxic waste in our midst: Towards an interdisciplinary analysis', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 90, pp. 1559 - 1566, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.05.022
    • Brown P, 2009, 'Technoaesthetics and the nuclear uncanny', Metascience, vol. 18, pp. 223 - 232, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11016-009-9265-y
    • Brown PF, 2009, 'Theatre, ecological sanity, and finding Baz Kershaw', Performance Paradigm, vol. 2009
    • Brown PF;Rae I, 2009, 'Managing the intractable: Communicative structures for management of hexachlorobenzene and other Scheduled Wastes', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. Online, pp. 1 - 10
    • Brown PF;Hillier N;Gennissen J;Smolenski R;Smolenski B, 2009, 'Our battle with hexachlorobenzene: Citizen perspectives on toxic waste in Botany', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. Online, pp. 1 - 8
    • Brown PF, 2009, 'Toxic Waste in our Midst: towards an interdisciplinary analysis', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. Online, pp. 1 - 8
    • Brown PF;Benn S, 2008, 'Toxic Risk and Governance: the case of hexachlorobenzene', Journal of Environmental Management, pp. 1 - 2
    • Brown PF;Crittenden X, 2007, 'Nature Moves Centre Stage: Eco-Centrism in Community Theatre', About Performance, vol. 7, pp. 99 - 116
    • Brown PF, 2006, 'British Nuclear Testing in Australia: Performing the Maralinga Experiment through Verbatim Theatre', Journal and Proceedings of Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 139 pts1&2, pp. 39 - 50

    Conference Papers

    • Brown PF;Hudson A;Barkley E;Arvanitakis J, 2013, 'Arts and the deep nuclear future: a prospectus', in Arts and the deep nuclear future: a prospectus, Arts and Ecology Conference, Wollongong, University of Wollongong, presented at Arts and Ecology Conference, Wollongong, University of Wollongong, 12 - 13 May 2013

    Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

    • Brown PF, (ed.), 2000, 'Stories, writing and publishing for cultural action', Stories, writing and publishing for cultural action, Sydney, presented at Stories, writing and publishing for cultural action, Sydney, 01 September 2000

    Performances (Music, Theatre, Dance)

    Other

    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works

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