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Dr Timothy Neale



Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2014
Master of Arts, University of Auckland, 2007
Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland, 2004


My research bridges the fields of human geography and cultural anthropology, addressing questions of how knowledge practices - Indigenous, settler and otherwise - are mobilised and transformed in relation to environments. My doctoral project, for example, focused on the Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld), examining how questions of belonging, sustainability and development were articulated through the controversial law in far north Queensland. Since then, I have been engaged in a major funded research projects examining practices of measuring, modeling and mitigating natural hazards and their risks. My present research focuses are settler-indigenous politics, the anthropology of natural hazards and environmental governance, and environmentalism.

I am interested in supervising postgraduate projects related to these areas. More information on my publications is available on academia and on my website.

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Society for Social Studies of Science

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

Institute of Australian Geographers

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia

Teaching interests

Geography, Anthropology


Chief Investigator, 'Pyrosecurity: understanding and managing bushfires in a changing climate', Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Australia Research Council, 2019-2021

Chief Investigator, 'Hazards, culture, and Indigenous communities', Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, 2017-2020

Chief Investigator, 'Model cultures: social dimensions of natural hazards modelling in Australia', Central Research Grants Scheme, Faculty of Arts & Education, Deakin University, 2017

Principal Investigator (2014-2016) and Team Member (2016-), 'Scientific diversity, scientific uncertainty and risk mitigation policy and planning', Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, 2014-2017


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'Are we wasting our time?': bushfire practitioners and flammable futures in northern Australia

T Neale

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 473-495, Social and cultural geography, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Bushfire simulators and analysis in Australia: insights into an emerging sociotechnical practice

T Neale, D May

(2018), Vol. 17, pp. 200-218, Environmental hazards, London, Eng., C1


Digging for fire: finding control on the Australian continent

T Neale

(2018), Vol. 5, pp. 79-90, Journal of contemporary archaeology, Sheffield, Eng., C1


Expanding the role of targets in conservation policy

Tim Doherty, Lucie Bland, Brett Bryan, Timothy Neale, Emily Nicholson, Euan Ritchie, Don Driscoll

(2018), pp. 1-3, Trends in ecology and evolution, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Mining, indigeneity, alterity: or, mining Indigenous alterity?

T Neale, E Vincent

(2017), Vol. 31, pp. 417-439, Cultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Unstable relations: a critical appraisal of indigeneity and environmentalism in contemporary Australia

E Vincent, T Neale

(2017), Vol. 28, pp. 301-323, Australian journal of anthropology, London, Eng., C1


Australia's national climate: learning to adapt?

L Rickards, T Neale, M Kearnes

(2017), Vol. 55, pp. 469-476, Geographical research, Chichester, Eng., C1


Wild articulations : environmentalism and indigeneity in Northern Australia

T Neale

(2017), Honolulu, Hawaii, A1


Regarding self-governmentality: transactional accidents and indigeneity in Cape York Peninsula, Australia

T Neale

(2016), pp. 29-46, Biopolitics and memory in postcolonial literature and culture, Abingdon, Eng., B1-1


Knowing wildfire risk: scientific interactions with risk mitigation policy and practice in Victoria, Australia

T Neale, J Weir, T McGee

(2016), Vol. 72, pp. 16-25, Geoforum, Oxford, Eng., C1-1


Burning anticipation: wildfire, risk mitigation and simulation modelling in Victoria, Australia

T Neale

(2016), Vol. 48, pp. 2026-2045, Environment and planning A, London, Eng., C1-1


Locating the intangible: integrating a sense of place into cost estimations of natural disasters

L Magee, J Handmer, T Neale, M Ladds

(2016), Vol. 77, pp. 61-72, Geoforum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Modelling systemic racism: mobilising the dynamics of race and games in everyday racism

R Fordyce, T Neale, T Apperley

(2016), pp. 1-1, Fibreculture journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1


Science in motion: integrating scientific knowledge into bushfire risk mitigation in southwest Victoria

T Neale, J Weir, S Dovers

(2016), Vol. 31, pp. 13-17, Australian journal of emergency management, East Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Re-reading the Wild Rivers Act controversy

T Neale

(2016), pp. 25-53, Unstable relations: environmentalism and indigenous people in contemporary Australia, Perth, W.A., B1


Instabilities and inequalities: relations between Indigenous people and environmentalism in Australia today

T Neale, E Vincent

(2016), pp. 1-24, Unstable relations: environmentalism and indigenous people in contemporary Australia, Perth, W.A., B1


An experimental act: formations of wildness and indigeneity in far North Queensland

T Neale

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 249-269, Postcolonial studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Roads to Coen: Cape York and the infrastructure of wilderness

T Neale

(2016), Vol. 75, pp. 124-132, Meanjin, Parkville, Vic., C1


A critical review of the application of environmental scenario exercises

J Wodak, T Neale

(2015), Vol. 73, pp. 176-186, Futures, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


First law and the force of water: law, water, entitlement

S Turner, T Neale

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 387-397, Settler colonial studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Navigating scientific uncertainty in wildfire and flood risk mitigation: a qualitative review

T Neale, J Weir

(2015), Vol. 13, pp. 255-265, International journal of disaster risk reduction, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Indigenous cultural studies: intersections between cultural studies and Indigenous studies

E Vincent, T Neale, C McKinnon

(2014), pp. 11-35, History, power, text: cultural studies and Indigenous studies, Sydney, N.S.W., B1-1


Staircases, pyramids and poisons: the immunitary paradigm in the works of Noel Pearson and Peter Sutton

T Neale

(2013), Vol. 27, pp. 177-192, Continuum: journal of media & cultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


'A substantial piece in life': viabilities, realities and given futures at the Wild Rivers inquiries

T Neale

(2012), pp. 1-1, Australian humanities review, Canberra, A.C.T., C1-1


Duplicity of meaning: wildness, indigeneity and recognition in the wild rivers act debate

T Neale

(2011), Vol. 20, pp. 310-332, Griffith law review, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


"... the credentials that would rescue me": Trauma and the fraudulent survivor

T Neale

(2010), Vol. 24, pp. 431-448, Holocaust and genocide studies, Oxford, Eng., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Hazards, culture, and Indigenous communities

Dr Timothy Neale, Jessica Weir

  • 2019: $20,032
  • 2018: $80,128
  • 2017: $20,032

Industry and Other Funding

Local SDGs: A general framework for charting pathways to sustainability to future-proof local communities.

Prof Brett Bryan, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, A/Prof Euan Ritchie, A/Prof Kelly Miller, Dr Robert Faggian, A/Prof Emily Nicholson, Dr Asef Nazari, Dr Don Gunasekera, Dr Timothy Neale, Dr Michalis Hadjikakou

  • 2018: $390,000


No completed student supervisions to report