A/Prof. Emily Potter



Associate Head of School, Research


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide, 2003
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Adelaide, 1998
Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide, 1997


+61 3 924 46842

Research interests

Literature and climate change

Literary and cultural studies approaches to the environment, including cities and architectures;

The politics of place, place-making and belonging;

The efficacy of texts and writing - the question of what literature can do in the world.

Teaching interests

Literature and the environment, especially climate change, literature and place, contemporary Australian literature, decolonising literary practice.

Units taught

T1 and T3 Unit Chair ALL381 'Literary Ecologies: (Re)imagining our Place in the World'

Knowledge areas

Literary and cultural studies; literature and climate change; environmental humanities; post-colonial and Australian literature; architecture, design and place-making.


In press monograph Writing Belonging at the Millenium: Notes from the Field of Settler Colonial Place, Intellect, UK, December 2019.

The Shadow Places Network: a network of scholars, artists and activists who collaborate to document, co-produce and reimagine connections between places and peoples in an era of climate change (www.shadowplaces.net). A collaboration with CIs Dr Fiona Miller, Macquarie and Dr Eva Lovbrand, Linkoping University. 

Reading/Writing the Mallee: Local reading and regional literary history. A collaboration with Dr Brigid Magner, RMIT.

Making more-than-literary place: urban place making and literary work. A collaboration with Dr Kirsten Seale, UNSW.


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Contesting imaginaries in the Australian city: urban planning, public storytelling and the implications for climate change

E Potter

(2019), pp. 1-17, Urban Studies, London, Eng., C1


Wandering and placemaking in London: Iain Sinclair's Literary Methodology

Kirsten Seale, Emily Potter

(2019), Vol. 22, pp. 1-1, M/C Journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1


The worldly text and the production of more-than-literary place: Helen Garner's Monkey Grip and Melbourne's 'inner north'

E Potter, K Seale

(2019), pp. 1-12, Cultural Geographies, London, Eng., C1


Shared reading in the Victorian Mallee

Brigid Magner, Emily Potter

(2019), pp. 177-208, Book Publishing in Australia : a living legacy, Melbourne, Vic., B1


Kurangk/Coorong atmospheres: Postcolonial stories and regional futures

Emily Potter, Brigid Magner

(2019), Vol. 23, pp. 1-21, TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, Gold Coast, Qld., C1


Murray-Mallee imaginaries: towards a literary history of a region

E Potter, Brigid Magner

(2018), Vol. 1, pp. 1-18, Journal of the Association for the study of Australian literature, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Expanding Australian literary history through geography: repression, recovery, re-writing

E Potter, Brigid Magner

(2018), Vol. 4, pp. 29-33, Literary geographies, Crewe, Eng., C1


L'eau en bouteille: marchs, matrialit et bio politiques. Introduction

G Hawkins, E Potter, K Race

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 681-698, Revue d?anthropologie des connaissances, [Grenoble, France], C1


De l'eau mise en bouteille. Chapitre 1

G Hawkins, E Potter, K Race

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 699-725, Revue d'anthropologie des connaissances, [Grenoble, France], C1


The gathering storm: Adelaide's olive trees in a changing climate

E Potter

(2017), Vol. 55, pp. 225-232, Griffith review 55: state of hope, South Brisbane, Qld., B1


'No nails new under the sun': creativity, climate change and the challenge to literary narrative in Thea Astley's drylands

E Potter

(2017), Vol. Special issue: prose poetry, pp. 1-7, TEXT: journal of writing and writing programs, Nathan, Qld., C1


Teaching climate change at the end of nature: post-colonial Australia, Indigenous realism and Alexis Wright's The Swan Book

E Potter

(2016), pp. 225-232, Teaching climate change in the humanities, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Plastic water the social and material life of bottled water

G Hawkins, E Potter, K Race

(2015), Cambridge, M.A., A1


Scarcity and the making of bottled water markets in Chennai, India

E Potter

(2015), pp. 105-114, Informal urban street markets : international perspectives, New York, N.Y., B1


Programme: dreaming, timekeeping, becoming

E Potter

(2014), pp. 100-120, Assembling the Centre: Architecture for Indigenous Cultures Australia and Beyond, London, Eng., B1-1


Postcolonial atmospheres: recalling our shadow places

E Potter

(2014), pp. 75-86, By-Roads and Hidden Treasures Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia, Crawley, W. A., B1-1


Climate change and non-Indigenous belonging in postcolonial Australia

E Potter

(2013), Vol. 27, pp. 30-40, Continuum, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Introduction : making Indigenous place in the Australian city

E Potter

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 131-142, Postcolonial studies, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Indigenous place-making in the city : dispossessions, occupations and implications for cultural architecture

J McGaw, A Pieris, E Potter

(2011), Vol. 16, pp. 296-311, Architectural theory review, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Introducing ethical consumption

T Lewis, E Potter

(2011), pp. 3-23, Ethical consumption : a critical introduction, Oxon, U. K., B1


Drinking to live : the work of ethically-branded bottled water

E Potter

(2011), pp. 116-130, Ethical consumption : a critical introduction, Oxon, England, B1


The ethics of rural place-making : public space, poetics, and the ontologies of design

E Potter

(2010), Vol. 16, pp. 1-13, Cultural studies review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1


Making water public

E Potter

(2009), pp. 159-169, Culture, politics, ethics: interdisciplinary reflections, Oxfordshire, England, B1


Calculating interests : climate change and the politics of life

E Potter

(2009), Vol. 12, pp. 1-11, M/C journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1


Environmental art and the production of publics : responding to environmental change

E Potter

(2009), Vol. 3, pp. 1-6, The international journal of the arts in society, Altona, Vic., C1


A new environmental design : sustainable place making in postcolonial Australia

E Potter

(2009), Vol. 23, pp. 697-707, Continuum : journal of media and cultural studies, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Climate change and the problem of representation

E Potter

(2009), pp. 69-79, Australian humanities review, Canberra, A.C.T., C1


Footprints in the Mallee

E Potter

(2009), pp. 65-74, Landscapes and learning : place studies for a global world, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1


Sustaining collaborations : creative research and cross-cultural engagement

E Potter, J McGaw

(2009), pp. 1-8, ANZAScA 2009 : Performative ecologies in the built environment / Sustainable research across disciplines : Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, E1


Communicating climate change: Public responsiveness and matters of concern

E Potter, C Oster

(2008), pp. 116-126, Media International Australia, C1-1


Australia and the new geographies of climate change

E Potter, P Starr

(2008), pp. 127-138, Australian humanities review, Canberra, A.C.T., C1-1


A sustainable practice: rethinking nature in cultural research

E Potter

(2008), Vol. 22, pp. 171-178, Continuum, Abingdon, England, C1-1


Reimagining place : the possibilities of Paul Carter's 'Nearamnew'

E Potter

(2007), pp. 246-258, Fresh water : new perspectives on water in Australia, Carlton, Vic., B1-1



E Potter, S McKenzie

(2007), pp. 1-7, Fresh water: new perspectives on water in Australia, Carlton, Vic., B1-1


Beyond the Rabbit-Proof Fence : audience response and an ethic of care

K Schaffer, E Potter

(2007), pp. 187-202, Australia - who cares?, Perth, W.A., B1-1


The art of speaking at that place: Paul Carter's Golden Grove and mythopoeic practice.

E Potter

(2006), Vol. 66, pp. 181-196, Southerly : the magazine of the Australian English Association, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1


Waste matter: potatoes, thing-power and biosociality

G Hawkins, E Potter

(2006), Vol. 12, pp. 104-115, Cultural studies review, Carlton, Vic., C1-1


Andrew McGahan's The White Earth and the ecological poetics of memory

E Potter

(2006), Vol. 20, pp. 177-182, Antipodes, Brooklyn, N.Y., C1-1


Ecological crisis and Australian literary representation

E Potter

(2005), pp. 1-8, Australian humanities review, Bundoora, Vic., C1-1


Disorienting horizons : encountering the past in Chloe Hooper's A Child's Book of True Crime

E Potter

(2004), Vol. 3, pp. 95-102, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Toowoomba, Qld., C1-1


Rabbit-Proof Fence , relational ecologies and the commodification of indigenous experience

E Potter, K Schaffer

(2004), pp. 1-9, Australian humanities review, Bundoora, Vic., C1-1


Ecological becoming and the marketplace of knowledge

E Potter

(2004), pp. 101-112, Innovation and tradition : the arts, humanities, and the knowledge economy, New York, N. Y., B1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

From the Tap to the Bottle: an international study of the social and material life of bottled water

A/Prof Gay Hawkins, Dr Kane Race, A/Prof Emily Potter

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2010: $5,000
  • 2009: $20,000

Indigenous Placemaking in Central Melbourne: Representations, Practices and Creative Research (DU component)

Dr Janet McGaw, A/Prof Emily Potter

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 1

  • 2012: $10,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Landscaping to Manufacturing: The Wool Industry in Geelong

Prof Clare Bradford, Prof Hisham Elkadi, A/Prof Dirk De Bruyn, Prof Andrea Witcomb, A/Prof Emily Potter

  • 2013: $5,000

Walking the Murray, Reading Mildura

A/Prof Emily Potter, Dr Brigid Magner

  • 2018: $2,000

Program Evaluation for Creative State Actions

Prof Katya Johanson, Prof Hilary Glow, Dr Anne Kershaw, A/Prof Emily Potter

  • 2019: $27,272
  • 2018: $72,727

Industry and Other Funding

The Shadow Places Network: collaboration to re-imagine and co-produce connections for justice in an era of climate change

A/Prof Emily Potter, Dr Fiona Miller, Dr Eva Lovbrand

  • 2018: $19,942

Other Funding Sources

The Cultural Research Network

Prof Graeme Turner, A/Prof Emily Potter

  • 2012: $2,000


Principal Supervisor

David Sydney Harris

Thesis entitled: Contemporary Australian Novels and Crises of Ecologies

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts