Professor Thomas Griffiths

BA (Hons) Melb, MA Melb, PhD Monash, FAHA
Professor of History
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History 210301
  • Humanities And Social Sciences Curriculum And Pedagogy (Excl. Economics, Business And Management) 130205
  • Environmental Impact Assessment 050204
  • Museum Studies 210204
  • Historical Studies 2103
  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) 220206
  • Biography 210304
  • Pacific History (Excl. New Zealand And Maori) 210313
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • Lens Based Practice 190503
  • North American History 210312

Research interests

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


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.

Researcher's projects

Tom's current research projects include:

* 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

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