Specialisation: Environmental change and energy transitions; Ontologies and mythologies of climate change; Rural and regional Australia; Visual anthropology and ethnographic film; Ethnographic methods in interdisciplinary projects
I have worked in several countries and continents as researcher and academic, pursuing interests in development, religion and ritual, ethnomedicine, ethnographic film, environmental change and energy transitions. These interests have converged in recent years in the study of anthropogenic climate change, culture and place, with research undertaken and supervised in Australia, Indonesia, and Nepal, and with current collaborators in Germany and India.
Through my own research and supervision of PhD students, I have fostered a strong program of ethnographic research in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia. This work provides an invaluable comparative perspective for studies of development and change that I have undertaken since 2003 in the Hunter Valley and Northwest of NSW, and the cross-national research in my current projects. I am currently writing up results from an Australian Research Council-funded project on The Coal Rush and Beyond: A Comparative Study of Coal Reliance and Climate Change (www.coalrush.net).
Major publications that are an outcome of these research interests are a series of works including ethnographic films on culture, power and social transformation in relation to ritual and healing, citizenship, activism and self-identity in Australian and Asian societies, and a more recent group of writings based on anthropological approaches to the phenomena of climate change impacts, place-based conflicts over coal mining, and environmentalism, based on ethnographic research in Southeast Australia. Books include Staying Local in the Global Village: Bali in the Twentieth Century (edited with Raechelle Rubinstein, University of Hawaii Press 1999) and Healing Powers and Modernity: Shamanism, Science and Traditional Medicine in Asian Societies (edited with Geoffrey Samuel, Bergin and Garvey 2001). I have contributed to the application of ethnographic and qualitative approaches to the study of health and healing in Australia. The book Health Social Science: A Transdisciplinary and Complexity Perspective (Oxford U.P. 2001), co-authored with Nick Higginbotham and Glenn Albrecht, outlines our transdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to teaching and research in the social sciences. My recently published monograph, (Climate Change and Anthropos: Planet, People and Places), based on my Hunter Valley research, takes up broad questions of changes to localities and lives in the Anthropocene, arguing for the important contribution of ethnographic research and anthropological theory. Problems of environmental change and future worlds are interrogated from interdisciplinary social science standpoints in my co-edited book with Jonathan Marshall, Environmental Change and the World’s Futures: Ecologies, Ontologies, Mythologies.
As an anthropological researcher, at this stage of my career I am committed to being an active and innovative member of teams where my ethnographic skills and anthropological insights will contribute to interdisciplinary projects and demonstrate the value of anthropology in understanding major societal challenges such as climate change and energy transitions.
Chair, Department of Anthropology
NTEU Executive, University of Sydney
Australian Anthropological Society
1.Connor, Linda H: Climate Change and Anthropos: Planet, People and Places. Routledge, London 2016
2. Marshall, Jonathan Paul and Connor, Linda H: Environmental Change and the World’s Futures: Ecologies, Ontologies, Mythologies. Routledge, London 2016
3. Connor, Linda H: Energy futures, state planning policies and coal mine contests in rural New South Wales. Energy Policy, 99, 233-241, 2016.
4. Connor, L., Higginbotham, N. “Natural Cycles” in lay understandings of climate change. Global Environmental Change, 23(6), 1852-1861, 2013
5. Emergent ontologies: Natural scepticism, weather certitudes and moral futures. In Jonathan Paul Marshall, Linda H. Connor (Eds.), Environmental Change and the World’s Futures: Ecologies, Ontologies and Mythologies, (pp. 214-230). London: Routledge, 2016.
Email: linda.connor [at] sydney.edu.au
Work Phone: 02 9351 6678