DECRA Postdoctoral Fellow
Rm 2118 Coombs Building
Fellows Rd, Australian National University
ACTON ACT 0200
Ph: 61 2 6125 2721
Biography and Interests
Rebecca Jones is a DECRA Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of History. In early 2012 she commenced, ‘Slow Catastrophes: drought resilience amongst farmers and agricultural communities in Australia, 1880s-2000s’ an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) funded project, exploring the way people in Australia respond to and survive drought. Rebecca’s research interests include environmental history, agricultural sustainability and organic agriculture, public history and rural social and emotional health and wellbeing.
She is interested in incorporating learnings from other academic disciplines into historical research and has, for many years, worked across research in both history and the social and cultural aspects of health.
She completed her PhD in the Department of Rural and Indigenous Health at Monash University in 2009 exploring environmental history and health in Australian organic farming and gardening. Prior to commencing her PhD she worked as a public historian working with organisations such as Museum Victoria, Land Conservation Council, Heritage Victoria, Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment (now Sustainability Victoria) and Local Governments.
Green Harvest: a history of organic farming and gardening in Australia, CSIRO Publishing, 2010.