Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor
Started at UWA: 2002
Web and newsletter manager of the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network, 2017 onwards
Steering committee member of The Beeliar Group: Professors for Environmental Responsibility, 2017 onwards
Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, 2015
Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award: High Commendation for Individual Teaching, 2013
Sowing the seeds of survival
For two decades Andrea Gaynor, associate professor of history at The University of Western Australia, has been trawling through council archives, government papers, gardening magazines, food-growing guides and horticultural texts to glean information about how our ancestors produced food in cities.Read more
Championing environmental history
Andrea Gaynor, Associate Professor of History, has always been interested in the environment. With environmental history being her main research focus, she now looks at current environmental issues through a historical lens.Read more
- ‘Water and the making of urban Australia since 1900’
- Andrea Gaynor; Lionel Frost; Jenny Gregory; Ruth Morgan; Martin Shanahan; Peter Spearritt
- ‘Changing landscapes, changing people: Australia's Southern Mallee Lands, 1830 – 2012’
- Katie Holmes, Richard Broome, Andrea Gaynor, Charles Fahey, Ruth Ford
CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
- ‘Understanding social processes to achieve water sensitive futures’
- Jo Lindsay, Seamus O’Hanlon, Lionel Frost, Andrea Gaynor, Jenny Gregory, Peter Spearritt, Meredith Dobbie, Kelly Fielding
Associate Professor Gaynor's research involves collaborating on projects dealing with environmental history and Australian history, including:
Water and the making of urban Australia since 1900: this project aims to produce new understandings of both the historical drivers of today’s urban water systems, and how these systems have historically impacted on human and ecological welfare.
The environmental history of Australia’s Southern Mallee country: an inquiry into how Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians from 1830 to the present have created and responded to changes in nature in the Mallee regions of southern Australia.
Reclaiming the Urban Commons: the past, present and future of food growing in Australian towns and cities, a book project with Nick Rose of Sustain: The Australian Food Network.Wild cities: an environmental history of nature in urban modernity. This project aims to understand relationships between people and nature in modern cities through their history.
Associate Professor Gaynor’s unique teaching style revolves around interactive workshops, where historical questions and interpretations are discussed collaboratively while interrogating a wide range of original historical sources.
Having worked at UWA since 2002, Associate Professor Gaynor’s enduring highlight is watching her students go on to live purposeful lives and achieve great things in their chosen endeavour. She’s continually energised by students’ curiosity and their diverse perspectives and interpretations.
Associate Professor Gaynor teaches the following units:
Since 2002, Associate Professor Gaynor has supervised projects and research topics in areas including:
- Urban and regional environmental history
- Colonial settlement and frontier conflict
- Western Australian environmental history
- Migration and belonging in Australian history
- Australian women’s and labour history
This group brings together scholars in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences at UWA who share an interest in the relationships between societies and environments, past, present and future.Read more
Centre for West Australian History
Encouraging and assisting individuals and groups interested in researching and writing Western Australian history to the highest professional standards.Read more