Dr Joseph Christensen
BA, PhD (W.Aust)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research areas

Environmental history, Australian history

Current projects

Appraising risk, past and present: Interrogating historical data to enhance understanding of environmental crises in the Indian Ocean World (SSHRC Partnership Grant, 2019-25)

Hazards, Tipping Points, Adaptation and Collapse in the Indo-Pacific World, Post 1000 CE (ARC Linkage Project LP150100649)

Pearls, People & Power: The Transformation of the Indian Ocean World, 16th-20th Centuries (ARC Discovery Project DP150103124)

 

Awards and grants

Murdoch University Professional Development Award (2012)

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Mr Greg Schofield, PhD candidate, Ethnohistory Of The Ashburton, Gascoyne & Murchison (Co-supervisor 25%; 2013-). 

Mr David Max Findley, PhD candidate, “More stars fall and more worlds are…destroyed in November”: Rationalizing Temblores de la Tierra in Early Modern Luzon, 1645-1754 (Co-supervisor 15%; 2016-). 

Ms Ligia Giay, PhD candidate, The Dutch colonial state and the labour question in the pearling industry in the Aru Islands c.1870-1940 (Co-supervisor 15%, 2017-).

 

Publications

For publications with citations, see https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=6Jb8u-UAAAAJ&hl=en

Books

The Game that Counts: Irvine Owen Gaze, Antarctic Adventurer and Airman. Nedlands: Vivienne Stewart in association with the Centre for Western Australian History, 2018.

(Edited, with Greg Bankoff) Natural Hazards and Peoples in the Indian Ocean World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

(Edited, with Malcolm Tull) Historical Perspectives on Fisheries Exploitation in the Indo-Pacific. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.

Book chapters

‘A Patch of the Orient in Australia’: Broome on the Margin of the Indo-Pacific, 1883-1939’. In: Kenneth R. Hall, Rila Mukherjee and Suchandra Ghosh (eds.), Subversive Sovereigns Across the Seas: Indian Ocean Ports-of-Trade from Early Historic Times to Late Colonialism (Kolkata: The Asiatic Society, 2017), pp.256-76. 

Their inescapable portion? Cyclones, disaster relief, and the political economy of Australian pearlshelling, 1865-1935. In: G. Bankoff and J. Christensen (eds.) Bordering on Danger: Natural Hazards and People in the Indian Ocean World (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp.283-311.

(With Greg Bankoff) Bordering on Danger: An Introduction. In: G. Bankoff and J. Christensen (eds.) Bordering on Danger: Natural Hazards and People in the Indian Ocean World (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp.1-30. 

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in Historical Perspective. In: K. Schwerdtner Máñez and B. Poulsen (eds). Perspectives on oceans past: a handbook of marine environmental history (Dordrecht: Springer, 2016), pp.133-53.

To the Islands: Ecological Imperialism on the North-west Australian Coast. In: J. Gillis and F. Torma (eds.) Fluid Frontiers: New Currents in Marine Environmental History. (Cambridge, UK: White Horse Press, 2015), pp.65-75.

(With Malcolm Tull) Introduction: Historical Perspectives on Fisheries Exploitation in the Indo-Pacific. In: J. Christensen and M. Tull (eds.), Historical Perspectives on Fisheries Exploitation in the Indo-Pacific (Dordrecht: Springer), pp.1-12.

Unsettled Seas: Towards a history of marine animal populations in the Central Indo-Pacific. In: J. Christensen and M. Tull (eds.), Historical Perspectives on Fisheries Exploitation in the Indo-Pacific (Dordrecht: Springer, 2014), 13-40.

(With Gary Jackson) Shark Bay Snapper: science, policy, and the decline and recovery of a marine recreational fishery. In: J. Christensen and M. Tull (eds.) Historical Perspectives on Fisheries Exploitation in the Indo-Pacific (Dordrecht: Springer, 2014), pp.251-68.

Enhancing intercultural awareness: the changing international student presence.  In: Jenny Gregory (ed.), Seeking Wisdom: a centenary history of The University of Western Australia, Crawley: UWA Publishing (2013), 215-228.

Industrial East Perth in growth and decline: the power station in its suburb. In: L. Layman (ed.), Powering Perth: a history of the East Perth Power Station. Perth: Black Swan Press (2011), 63-81.

(With Richard Hartley) Environmental Impacts. In: L. Layman (ed.), Powering Perth: a history of the East Perth Power Station. Perth: Black Swan Press (2011), 251-269.

Journal articles

Titus Lander, Western Australian Progressive. Early Days. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, vol.14:1 (2012), 89-106.

Islands as arks: nature protection and the preservation ethic, 1898-1918. A. Gaynor and J. Davis (eds.), Environmental Exchanges: Studies in Western Australian History, vol.27 (2011), 13-30.

An early Western Australian conservationist: the romantic figure of Jose Guillermo Hay, Early Days. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, vol.12:5 (2005), 488-505.

Reference works

Multiple entries in J. Gregory and J. Gothard (eds.), Historical Encyclopaedia of Western Australia.Crawley: The University of Western Australia Press (2009).

Reports

(With S. Cox, M. Hughes, R. Jones, and T. Jones), Community and Socio Economic Impacts of World Heritage Designation on Shark Bay and the Ningaloo Coast. Report to the Department of Environment and Conservation and Tourism Western Australia, Curtin University, Tourism Research Cluster, 2013.

(With P.B. McLeod, M. Tull, and S. McElroy), Economic assessment of the impact of recent major changes to fisheries management in the WA West Coast demersal wetline fishery. FRDC Project No: 2009/081, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and the University of Western Australia, 2012.

Reviews

Pearling’s objects, industries and communities. In: History Australia, vol.13:1, 2016, pp.172-73.

Alan Powell, Northern Voyagers: Australia’s Monsoon Coast in Maritime History, North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2010. In: Transfers: A Journal of Mobility Studies, vol.2:3, 2012, pp.177-97.

S. Stefano, The Stefano Castaways [translated by A. Sala; edited by J. Melville-Jones] Mundaring: Warrigal Press, 2009. In: Studies in Western Australian History, vol.27, 2011, pp.234-36.

J. Robinson and M. Nash (ed.), Captain Robinson: The reminiscences of a Tasmanian Mariner. James William Robinson 1824-1906, Hobart: Blubber Head Press, 2009. In: The Great Circle: Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History, Vol. 32:1, 2010, pp.90-91.

L.S. Warren (ed.), American Environmental History, New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. In: Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies Vol. 10, 2004, pp.145-47.

P. Statham, James Stirling: Admiral and Founding Governor, Crawley: The University of Western Australia Press, 2003. In: Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies Vol. 10, 2004, pp.147-50.