Research Stream

Andrea Gaynor

Andrea Gaynor is an Associate Investigator (2017) with the Centre, and an Associate Professor in History at The University of Western Australia (UWA). Her research seeks to use the contextualising and narrative power of environmental history to solve real-world problems. She has published on topics as diverse as landscape art and feral cats, and her recent publications include an essay on the Western Australian Wheatbelt, published in Griffith Review. At UWA she convenes the Ecology, People, Place research network. At present she is working with researchers from La Trobe University on an environmental history of the southern mallee lands of Australia, and a new project on nature in urban modernity.

Her work as an Associate Investigator is centred around a project ‘Frog Cities: Emotion and Conservation in Urban Australia, 1900‒2010’. This research will explore how conservation developed as an emotional practice in twentieth- and twenty-first-century urban Australia, through a focus on the changing emotional dimensions of human encounters with frogs.

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Frog Cities: Emotion and Conservation in Urban Australia, 1900‒2010

Relevant publications


Andrea Gaynor. ‘Grappling with ‘Nature’ in Australian Home Gardens 1890‒1960’. Environment and History (2017).

Andrea Gaynor and Joy McCann. ‘“I’ve had dolphins … looking for abalone for me”: Oral History and Subjectivities of Marine Engagement’. The Oral History Review (2017).

Andrea Gaynor. ‘Lawnscaping Perth: Water Supply, Gardens and Scarcity, 1890‒1925’. Journal of Urban History (2017).


Andrea Gaynor. ‘Fowls and the Contested Productive Spaces of Australian Suburbia, 1890‒1990’.  In Animal Cities: Beastly Urban Histories, edited by Peter Atkins, pp. 205‒19. Surrey: Ashgate, 2012.

David Trigger (35%), Jane Mulcock (25%), Andrea Gaynor (25%), and Yann Toussaint (15%). ‘Ecological Restoration, Cultural Preferences and the Negotiation of "Nativeness" in Australia’. Geoforum 39 (2008): 1273‒83. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2007.05.010

Andrea Gaynor. ‘Animal Agendas: Conflict Over Productive Animals in Twentieth-Century Australian Cities’. Society and Animals 15.1 (2007): 29‒42.

Andrea Gaynor. Harvest of the Suburbs: an Environmental History of Growing Food in Australian Cities. Crawley: UWA Press, 2006. Pp. 264.

Andrea Gaynor. ‘“Like a Good Deed in a Naughty World”: Gardens on the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia’. Australian Humanities Review 36 (2005). ERA A.

Selected presentations

Gaynor, A. 'Feeling FLORA: The Emotions of Conservation', Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia, 20 April 2018.

Gaynor, A. ‘Frog Cities: a Sensory-Emotional History’, European Society for Environmental History biennial conference, Zagreb, Croatia, 28 June‒2 July 2017.

Gaynor, A. ‘Frog Cities: Emotion and Conservation in Urban Australia, 1900‒2010', Environmental Humanities Seminar, The University of Melbourne, 7 June 2017.