Tom Griffiths

Tom Griffiths

Position: Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Environmental History
School and/or Centres: School of History


Phone: 61253345

Location: HC Coombs Building, Room 3129


BA (Hons) (Melbourne University) MA (Melbourne University) PhD (Monash University) FAHA (Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities)

Researcher profile:

Tom Griffiths is a Professor of History in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, Canberra, and Director of the Centre for Environmental History at ANU. His research, writing and teaching are in the fields of Australian social, cultural and environmental history, the comparative environmental history of settler societies, the writing of non-fiction, and the history of Antarctica. Tom's books and essays have won prizes in history, science, literature, politics and journalism. His most recent monograph, Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica (UNSW Press and Harvard University Press, 2007), won the Queensland and NSW Premiers' awards for Non-Fiction and was the joint winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History in 2008.

Australian cultural and environmental history; the comparative environmental history of settler societies; the history of Antarctica.

Current Research Projects:

  •  Antarctic history and policy: An ARC funded investigation into fifty years of Australian engagement in the Antarctic Treaty System
  • Victorian Bushfire Research Project: A collaborative community response to Back Saturday
  • Climate and Culture in Australia: Historical research into the history of weather and climate
  • The International IHOPE Project: The Integrated History and Future of People on Earth
  • Desert Channels: The Impulse to Conserve: An exploration of the understandings of the distinctive Desert Channels country of south-western Queensland
  • Australian Environmental Historiography: Research into the distinctive character of Australian environmental historiography and nature writing. For further details, visit

Supervision of doctoral candidates in the School of History (Australian National University)

National Environmental History PhD Workshop

History@ANU Postgraduate Workshops

Masterclasses in Environmental History and Non-Fiction Writing

Honours courses in Environmental History and Public History

Adjunct Professor of Climate Research (University of Copenhagen)

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