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Professor Heather Goodall

BA (Hons), PhD (Sydney), Grad. Dip in Adult Education (Community) (Inst. of Technical and Teacher Education, Sydney CAE)

Elected: 2007

Discipline: History

Specialisation: Indigenous history, environmental history, conservation politics, Indian history, intercolonial history.


  • Professor Heather Goodall is Professor Emerita of History in the School of Communications at UTS. Professor Goodall specialises in Australian Aboriginal history, in environmental history and in intercolonial studies, in particular on the links between Australia, South Asia and the eastern Indian Ocean. Her current ARC Discovery research includes investigating the role of cultural diversity in shaping responses to water and environmental change. In a separate project with Devleena Ghosh, she is investigating the links between Australian and Indian women during the Cold War and is  exploring relations between India, Indonesia and Australia during decolonisation in the mid twentieth century. In a Linkage project with Tranby Indigenous Adult Education College, she is recording the experiences of former students who were enrolled in Tranby courses and workshops from 1980 to 2010.


  • NSW Premier’s Award for Australian History (1997)
  • Magarey Medal for Australian Women’s Biography (2005)
  • shortlisted, NSW Premier’s Award for Community History (2010)
  • University Medal in History (1982)


  • Heather Goodall (2015) ‘Indians and rural contract labour: race, gender and vulnerability’ in Perceptions of 2009: Indian Students and their experience of Australia, CCS eJournal, 2015 (3)
  • Heather Goodall and Devleena Ghosh (2015) ‘Beyond the ‘poison of prejudice’: Indian and Australian women talk about the White Australia policy’. History Australia, Vol. 12, No. 1, Apr 2015: 116-140.
  • Heather Goodall (2014) ‘Gallipoli & Coniston: conflict, colonialism and spatial power’, Editorial Introduction, CCS eJournal, 2014: 6(3), pp i-vii
  • Kevin Cook and Heather Goodall (2013) Making Change Happen: Black & White activists talk to Kevin Cook about Aboriginal, Union & Liberation politics, Aboriginal History & ANU ePress
  • Michelle Voyer, Tanja Dreher, William Gladstone and Heather Goodall (2013) ‘Who cares wins: the role of local news and news sources in influencing community responses to marine protected areas’. Ocean & Coastal Management Online publication complete: 29-SEP-2013 DOI information: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2013.09.002
  • Denis Byrne, Heather Goodall, Allison Cadzow (2013) Place-Making in national parks: Ways that Australians of Arabic and Vietnamese background perceive and use the parklands along the Georges River, NSW, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, online report. http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nswcultureheritage/PlaceMakingGeorgesRiver.htm
  • Frawley, Jodi, Scott Nichols, Heather Goodall and Liz Baker (2012) Talking Fish: Making Connections with the Rivers of the Murray Darling Basin, Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), Canberra http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/442140/FINAL-Talking-Fish-booklet-compilation-Jan-2013_for-web.pdf.
  • Devleena Ghosh, Heather Goodall and Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (eds) (2012) Water, Borders and Sovereignty in Asia and Oceania, Routledge, London.
  • Heather Goodall, Denis Byrne, Allison Cadzow (2012) Waters of belonging: Al-miyahu Tajma’unah: Arabic Australians and the Georges River parklands UTS ePress, ISBN: 9780987236937 (eBook : pdf)
  • Allison Cadzow, Denis Byrne, Heather Goodall (2011) Waterborne – Vietnamese Australians on Sydney’s Georges River parks and green spaces:  UTS ePress, ISBN: 9780987236913 (ebook : pdf)
  • Heather Goodall and Allison Cadzow (2009) Rivers and Resilience: Aboriginal people on Sydney’s Georges River, UNSW Press (Short listed NSW Premier’s Prize, 2010)
  • Heather Goodall (2008) ‘Digging Deeper: ground tanks and the elusive Indian Archipelago’, In Beyond the Black Stump: rethinking rural histories in Australia. Alan Mayne (eds.). Adelaide: Wakefield Press.
  • Heather Goodall (2008) ‘Port Politics: Indian Seamen, Australian unionists and Indonesian Independence, 1945-1947’, Labour History, No. 94, May 2008.
  • Heather Goodall (2008) ‘Riding the Tide: Indigenous knowledge, history and water in a changing Australia’, Environment and History, Vol 14(2008): 355-84.
  • Heather Goodall (2006) ‘Exclusion and Re-emplacement: tensions around Protected Areas in Australia and south east Asia’, Conservation and Society, Volume 4, Number 3, September.
  • Isabel Flick and Heather Goodall (2004) Isabel Flick: The Many Lives of an Extraordinary Aboriginal Woman. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.


Website: http://www.uts.edu.au/staff/heather.goodall

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