Emily Potter

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Emily Potter is an Associate Professor in Literary Studies, and Associate Head of School (Research) for the School of Communication and Creative Arts. Her research sits in an interdisciplinary space, focusing on the intersections of cultural production and environments. Her areas of expertise include literature and climate change, literature and place-making, urban design and poetic practice, the biopolitics of water and consumption, contemporary Australian literature, and postcolonial texts and environments.

Emily is the author of Writing Belonging at the Millennium: Notes from the Field of Settler Colonial Place (Intellect) and co-author of Plastic Water: The Social and Political Life of Bottled Water (with Gay Hawkins and Kane Race, MIT Press). She is lead investigator of an ARC Special Research Initiative Project, ‘Reading in the Mallee: The Literary Past and Future of an Australian Region’ (with CIs Brigid Magner and Torika Bolatagici), and has held three other ARC grants, including as an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow (University of Melbourne). She is co-convenor (with Fiona Miller and Eva Lovbrand) of international “The Shadow Places Network: A collaboration to re-imagine and co-produce connections for justice in an era of climate change”, funded by the Mistra Formas Seed Box Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, Sweden. She is co-editor of the Journal of Australian Studies, Executive Member of ASAL (Association for the Study of Australian Literature), Vice President of ASLEC-ANZ (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Australia-NZ) and a convenor of the Climate Change Communication and Narratives Network at Deakin University.

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