Weather cultures: Enhancing adaptive capacity to environmental change

A/Prof Sarah Wright

This project aims to attend deeply to weather cultures, including their expression through songs, songlines and stories, to understand the way weather actively and affectively co-constitutes people and place. The project plans to work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures to enhance adaptive capacity to environmental change through Indigenous-non-Indigenous two ways learning. The project seeks to illuminate alternate, Indigenous-led pathways of response and responsibility in a climate-changing world. The work is funded through a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (2016-2024).


Indicative publications:

Bawaka Country including Wright S, Suchet-Pearson, S., Lloyd K., Burarrwanga L, Ganambarr R, Ganambarr-Stubbs M, Whitehead B, Maymuru D, Sweeney J, (2016). ‘Co-becoming Bawaka: Towards an emergent understanding of place/space’, Progress in Human Geography 40(4), 455–475.

Bawaka Country including Wright S, Suchet-Pearson S, Lloyd K, Burarrwanga L, Ganambarr R, Ganambarr-Stubbs M, Ganambarr B, Maymuru D, Graham, M (Forthcoming) ‘Everything is love: mobilising knowledges, identities and places as Bawaka’.Invited contribution to The Politics of Indigenous Spaces: Forging Indigenous Places in Intertwined Worlds, edited by Palomino-Schalscha, M. and Gombay, N. Routledge, London. Accepted 10.1.2017.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.