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Dr Aisling Bailey

Senior Lecturer
Environmental Anthropology, Monash University, Australia


With a background in Environmental Anthropology, Aisling’s research has investigated the ways in which the western dualistic conceptualisation of nature as separated from culture has shaped societal understandings and behaviour towards the natural environment. Informed by a phenomenological approach, Aisling’s research has focused upon practical initiatives that seek to bring people and place together working with organisations including the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) and the community gardening organisation 3000 Acres. Current research interests include community informed climate resilience and climate adaptation, alongside issues of equity. Aisling is Program Lead of the Environment, Equity and Technology research program for the Social Innovation Research Institute, and affiliate of the Centre for Urban Transitions. Aisling is currently supervising PhD projects on connection to place; settler colonialism; environmental and climate discourse; social practice theory's application to food waste; and the ecological crisis of the Murray Darling Basin, and reviews for a number of environmental and social science journals. With reference to teaching, Aisling is the Coordinator of the Climate and Social Justice Major and convenes the units Environment and Society SOC10005 and Changing our Climate SOC30020, as well as the Climate Action challenge within the Bachelor of Arts' capstsone unit Grand Challenges ART30001. With reference to professional service, Aisling is the Equity and Inclusion Portfolio Leader for The Australian Sociological Association.

Research interests

Anthropology; Sociology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Sociology - 441000
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology - 440107
  • Environmental Philosophy - 500304

Teaching areas

Environment and Society;Grand Challenges: Climate Change Action


  • 2018, Other, Teaching Excellence Award, Open Universities Australia


Also published as: Bailey, Aisling; Bailey, A.
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