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The Australian National University

Rebecca Jones

Position: Academic Visitor

School or Centre: Australian Centre for Environmental History

Email: rebecca.jones@anu.edu.au

Phone: 261252721

Location: HC Coombs Building, Room 2118

Qualification:

BA(hons) University of Melbourne

MA (public history) Monash University

PhD Monash University

Profile

I have just completed an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), exploring resilience and adaptation to drought in nineteenth and twentieth century Australia.  The principal outcome from this research is Slow Catastrophes: Living with Drought in Australia which will be published by Monash University Publishing in early 2017. My research reflects my belief that history can provide a unique perspective on the present as well as the past and that understanding the inter-relationship of people with the biophysical environment can contribute significantly to understanding present and future environmental and social issues.  I have research expertise both in history and rural health, specifically nineteenth and twentieth century environmental history, climate history, Australian history as well as mental health and rural wellbeing.  These diverse research interests came together in my DECRA fellowship exploring resilience to drought amongst farmers in Australia from the 1870s to the present.  My current research continues my exploration of the impact, adaptation to and legacy of climatic variability amongst settler societies in Australia, Canada and California.  My teaching specialties in environmental history, applied history and Australian history developed from my research experience.

Biography

I completed an undergraduate Arts degree with honours, majoring in history, at the University of Melbourne and a Masters in public history and PhD at Monash University.  Following completion of my PhD I worked as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Monash University Department of Rural and Indigenous Health where I researched rural mental health, homelessness, rural resilience and social responses to cancer and taught environmental health, health impacts of climate change and social and cultural aspects of health.  Prior to commencing my PhD I worked as a public (applied) historian in organisations such as Museum Victoria, Land Conservation Council, Heritage Victoria, Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment (now Sustainability Victoria) and local government and community groups.

Research Interests

Environmental history, climate history, Australian history, applied history, interdisciplinary research, rural and agricultural history, mental health and wellbeing.

Publications

Slow Catastrophes: Living with drought in Australia, Monash University Publishing, March 2017

‘Possums, quandongs and kurrajongs:  Wild harvesting as a strategy for farming through drought in Australia’, Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. Accepted – publication in September 2016.

Green Harvest: a history of organic farming and gardening in Australia, CSIRO Publishing, 2010.

‘From the Ground Up? The Principles of Australian Organic Agriculture’ in: Bernard Freyer & Jim Bingen (eds.) Re-Thinking Organic Food and Farming in a Changing World, Springer, 2015.

‘Handout or hand up: Ongoing tensions in the long history of government response to drought in Australia’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 2016 62(2): 186-202 (with Karen Downing & Blake Singley).

‘The interplay of rural issues, mental illness, substance use and housing problems’, Journal of Mental Health, 2014 23(6): 317-322 (with Andrea Reupert, Keith Sutton and Darryl Maybery).

‘Everyone knew everyone’s business: Being a parent with housing issues in rural areas, Journal of Sociology, 2015, doi:10.1177/1440783315576759, (with Andrea Reupert, Keith Sutton and Darryl Maybery).

‘Reflections on capacity-building initiatives in an Australian state’, Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 2013 6(1): 24-34  (with Bridget Roberts and Darryl Maybery).

‘Cancer Patient and clinician acceptability and feasibility of a supportive care screening and referral process’, Health Expectations, 2013 doi:10.1111/hex.12045 (with Eli Ristevski and Melanie Regan).

‘In the wake of the 2009 Gippsland fires: Young adults' perceptions of post-disaster social supports’, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 2012 20(3): 119-125 with (Rouve Forbes and Andrea Reupert).

‘Dual diagnosis narratives and their implications for the alcohol and other drug sector in Australia’, Contemporary Drug Problems, 2012, 39: 663-685 (with Bridget Roberts).

‘Patients' perception of communication with clinicians during screening and discussion of cancer supportive care needs’, Patient Education and Counseling, 2011, 85: e209-e215 (with Melanie Regan, Eli Ristevski and Sibylla Breen).

‘Supporting Academic Publication: Evaluation of a Writing Course Combined with Writers Support Group’, Nurse Education Today, 2009, 29: 516-521 (with Claire Rickard, Matthew McGrail, Peter O’Meara, Anske Robinson, Molly Burley, Gillian Ray-Burruel).

‘Soil: A Real and Imagined Environment for Australian Organic Farmers and Gardeners in the 1940s’,

Environment and History, 2008 14(2): 205-216.

‘Muck Bugs and Decay: the preoccupations of early Australian organic gardening’, Studies in Australian Garden History, 2006, 2: 63-79.

‘Publish or perish: a systematic review of interventions to increase academic publication rates’, Higher Education Research and Development, 2006, 25(1):19-35 (with Matthew McGrail and Claire Rickard).

‘Mental Illness Recovery and Place’, Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 2005, 4(2) (with Janice Chesters & Meredith Fletcher).

The Planning of Rural Health Research: Rurality and Rural Population Issues’, Rural and Remote Health, 2005,  5: 426, (with Matthew McGrail, Anske Robinson, Claire Rickard, Molly Burley, Marlene Drysdale).

‘The Conducting and Reporting of Rural Health Research: Rurality and Rural Population Issues’, Rural and Remote Health, 2005, 5: 427 (with Anske Robinson, Molly Burley, Matthew McGrail, Marlene Drysdale, Claire Rickard).

‘Blended Voices: Crafting a Narrative from Oral History Interviews’, Oral History Review, 2004, 31(1): 23-42, 2004.

‘Make Yourself at Home: People Living with Psychiatric Disability in Public Housing’, International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 7: 67-79 (with Janice Chesters and Meredith Fletcher).

‘Soil: A Real and Imagined Environment for Australian Organic Farmers and Gardeners in the 1940s’,

Environment and History, 2008 14(2): 205-216.

‘Muck Bugs and Decay: the preoccupations of early Australian organic gardening’, Studies in Australian Garden History, 2006, 2: 63-79.

‘Publish or perish: a systematic review of interventions to increase academic publication rates’, Higher Education Research and Development, 2006, 25(1):19-35 (with Matthew McGrail and Claire Rickard).

‘Mental Illness Recovery and Place’, Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 2005, 4(2) (with Janice Chesters & Meredith Fletcher).

The Planning of Rural Health Research: Rurality and Rural Population Issues’, Rural and Remote Health, 2005,  5: 426, (with Matthew McGrail, Anske Robinson, Claire Rickard, Molly Burley, Marlene Drysdale).

‘The Conducting and Reporting of Rural Health Research: Rurality and Rural Population Issues’, Rural and Remote Health, 2005, 5: 427 (with Anske Robinson, Molly Burley, Matthew McGrail, Marlene Drysdale, Claire Rickard).

‘Blended Voices: Crafting a Narrative from Oral History Interviews’, Oral History Review, 2004, 31(1): 23-42, 2004.

‘Make Yourself at Home: People Living with Psychiatric Disability in Public Housing’, International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 7: 67-79 (with Janice Chesters and Meredith Fletcher).

Memberships

Australian Historical Association

Professional Historians Association of Australia

Projects and Grants

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Teaching

Environmental History

Applied History

Australian History

Interdisciplinary Research Methods

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