Dr Vanessa Bible

Casual Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Vanessa Bible

Phone: +61 +61 26773 2085

Email: vbible3@une.edu.au


Dr Vanessa Bible is a casual lecturer in Peace Studies and History in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.


PhD (Chancellors Doctoral Research Medal, UNE), MEA (UNE), BA (Hons Class I, University Medal, UNE)

Teaching Areas

Within the discipline of Peace Studies, Vanessa has coordinated PEAC100: Introduction to Peace Studies, PEAC102: Environmental Peace, and PEAC304/504: Environmental Security and Peaceful Futures. She has also taught in PEAC328/528: Resolution or Transformation of Conflict.

Within the discipline of History, Vanessa has coordinated HIST151: Modern Australia, HIST 336/536: Blood and Guts – A History of Medical Practice, HIST512: Cities of the Ancient and Modern World, HINQ100: What is History?, and HINQ101: The Historian. She has also taught in a wide range of other units, including HIST165: Europe and the Modern World, HINQ201: Researching and Applying History, HIST330/430: Local and Community History, and HIST515: History for the Classroom.

Vanessa has also taught, marked and tutored in other disciplines within the School, including units in Humanities, Criminology, Sociology, and Religious Studies, and she regularly tutors students at the Oorala Centre. She has supervised a number of students across a range of research projects, including at HUMS301, HUMS505, HUMS507, Honours, and PhD level.

Research Interests

Vanessa’s principal research interests lie in the field of the Environmental Humanities. A multidisciplinary field, her approach draws on the disciplines of Peace Studies, Environmental History, and Human Geography. She is particularly focused on the practical application of the Environmental Humanities to confront the environmental challenges of the Anthropocene. Vanessa is also interested in Australian Environmental History, with a particular interest in rural histories, activist histories, and the history of the Australian counterculture in the Northern Rivers region and beyond. Her current and future research includes a focus on the intersections between the Environmental Humanities and issues of environmental justice, reconciliation, gender, and sexuality.



Bible, Vanessa 2018, Terania Creek and the Forging of Modern Environmental Activism, Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History, Cham, Switzerland.

Bible, Vanessa (forthcoming 2019), Environmental Peace in the Anthropocene, Routledge.

Book Chapters

Bible, Vanessa 2017,  ‘‘May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You’: A short his­tory of eco-arts in the Northern Rivers’ in Building Sustainability With the Arts, David Curtis (ed.), Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pp. 37-48.

Bible, Vanessa (forthcoming 2019), ‘Anti-environment, or pro-livelihood? Dissecting environmental conflict and its key drivers in Northern New South Wales and Tasmania’ in Handbook of Anti-Environmentalism, David Tindall, Mark C.J. Stoddart, and Riley E. Dunlap (eds), Edward Elgar Publishing.

Bible, Vanessa & Howard, Tanya (forthcoming 2019), ‘What is the Wild Place? Evolving Notions of Wilderness in Northern NSW’, for publication in a collection edited by Robyn Bartel et. al., Routledge.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Thesis

Bible, Vanessa 2016, On Common Ground. Cultivating Environmental Peace: A History of the Rainbow Region, University of New England, Armidale.


Bible, Vanessa 2018, ‘Climate Matters: Love could save us from climate change’, Armidale Express, May 24.

Bible, Vanessa & Garnett, Johanna 2013, ‘Why an Education for the Environment is an Education for Peace’, Nucleus: Peace and Politics Issue, September 2013, p. 19.

Bible, Vanessa 2010, ‘Aquarius Rising: Terania Creek and the Australian Forest Protest Movement’, The Change Agency, www.thechangeagency.org/download.asp?varAction=part2&ID=1151


Bible, Vanessa 2017, ‘David Hunt, Girt: The Unathorised History of Australia’ [Book Review], Journal of Australian Colonial History, vol. 19, 2017, pp. 201-202.

Bible, Vanessa 2017, ‘Avan Judd Stallard, Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent’ [Book Review], Journal of Australian Colonial History, vol. 19, 2017, pp. 186-187.

Bible, Vanessa 2014, ‘Genocide in Australia: By Accident or Design? [Book Review]’, Journal of Australian Colonial History, vol. 16, pp. 277-279.

Bible, Vanessa 2013, ‘Men and a River: Richmond Rivers district 1828-1895 [Book Review]’, Journal of Australian Colonial History vol. 15, pp. 235-236.

Selected Conferences and Seminars

‘Advancing the Common Ground: Place Attachment, Belonging, and Reconciliation’, ‘Unsettling Australia’: International Australian Studies Association (InASA) Conference, University of Queensland, 3-5 December 2018.

‘Terania Creek: Environmental Justice as an Australian Export’, Environmental Justice 2017 Conference, University of Sydney, 6-8 November 2017.

‘Mediating Climate Change across Cultural Boundaries: an exploration of empirical knowledge and embodied responses’, Mediating Climate Change Conference, University of Leeds, 4-6 July 2017 (presented via Skype).

‘What is the Wild Place? Evolving Notions of Wilderness in Northern NSW’ (with Dr Tanya Howard), International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), International Association for Society and Natural Resources Conference, Umeå, Sweden, 19-22 June 2017.

‘Cultivating place in the Northern Rivers: Setting the context’, Reimagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility, International Australian Studies Association Conference, Fremantle, 7-9 December 2016.

‘‘May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You’: A short his­tory of eco-arts in the Northern Rivers’, Building Sustainability With the Arts: EcoArts Australis Second National Conference, Wollongong, 14-16 February 2016.

‘Common ground as practical ground: cultivating environmentally peaceful communities’, Environmental Humanities on the Ground: Materiality, Sustainability, and Applicability Conference, Shanghai, 6-8 November 2015.

‘On Common Ground: Using Sense of Place to Cultivate Environmental Peace’, Greening History, 8th European Society for Environmental History Conference, Versailles, 30 June – 3 July 2015.

‘An environmental history of the Rainbow Region in NSW’, University of New England Humanities Seminar Series, Armidale, 24 April 2015.

‘Lessons learnt from Bentley’, Sustainable Living Armidale Thursday Forum, Armidale, 4 September 2014 (invited).

‘Aquarius Rising: Terania Creek and Beyond’, Aquarius and Beyond: 40 Years On, Nimbin, 23-24 May 2013.

‘Creating Value in Activism’, Conference Panelist, University of New England Peace Festival, May 2012 (invited).

‘Discovering History’, Frontiers of History Seminar, University of New England, April 2013 (invited).

Nonviolent Direct Action Workshop Convenor, Students of Sustainability Conference, Albury, July 2011 (invited).

External Profiles