Associate Professor Ruth Morgan is the Director of the Centre for Environmental History in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Associate Professor Morgan has published widely on the climate and water histories of Australia and the British Empire, including her award-winning book, Running Out? Water in Western Australia (2015). Her current project, on environmental exchanges between British India and the Australian colonies, has been generously supported by the Australian Research Council and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

She was a Lead Author on the Water chapter in Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Assessment Report 6, and co-author of Cities in a Sunburnt Country: Water and the Making of Urban Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2022). Her next book Climate Change and International History is under contract with Bloomsbury.

Professor Morgan is regularly asked to contribute to radio interviews, and has written op-eds for The Conversation and ABC Online. In 2019, she was selected by the ABC to participate in the Top 5 Humanities and Social Sciences two-week media residency.

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