Between Pride and Despair: Stories of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests - Queensland Review: Special Issue (Vol. 28 No 2 (2021)) - Kerrie Foxwell-Norton

Between Pride and Despair: Stories of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests - Queensland Review: Special Issue (Vol. 28 No 2 (2021)) - Kerrie Foxwell-Norton

Women of the Great Barrier Reef: Stories of Gender and Conservation

Between Pride and Despair: Stories of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests - Queensland Review: Special Issue (Vol. 28 No 2 (2021)) - Kerrie Foxwell-Norton

Kerrie Foxwell-Norton [+-]
Griffith University
Kerrie Foxwell-Norton lectures in Journalism, Media and Communication. Her research interests focus upon environmental communication, with a special interest in coastal and marine communities and their environments. Kerrie has specific expertise in community based research and engagement, exploring links between communication and community therein. She leads the 'Motivation' theme within the Griffith Climate Action Beacon, a strategic university wide research initiative. She is Co-Chair of the Environment, Science and Risk Working Group and a member of the Environmental Impact Committee for the International Association of Communication and Media Research. She is also the Co-Chair of the Queensland Chapter for the Australian Coastal Society and Associate Editor (Environment) for Queensland Review.
Deb Anderson [+-]
Monash University
Dr Deb Anderson is a journalist and academic born in Far North Queensland, now based in Melbourne. Her research at Monash University draws from oral history, journalism and ecofeminism to explore the lived experience of extreme weather in an era of politicised knowledge on climate change. She is the author of Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought (CSIRO, 2014).
Anne M. Leitch [+-]
Anne Leitch is a science communication researcher who began her career with jobs that took her all over the Great Barrier Reef counting crown-of-thorns starfish, recording fish behaviour and identifying reef invertebrates. She now spends her time writing about these things and researching climate change adaption and community resilience to coastal change.

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In the late 1970s, Carden Wallace was at the beginning of her lifelong exploration of the Great Barrier Reef — and indeed, reefs all over the world. For Wallace, who is now Emeritus Principal Scientist at Queensland Museum, the beginning of her Reef career coincided with the emergence of both feminist and environmental movements that meant her personal and professional lives would be entwined with a changing social, cultural and political milieu. In this article, we couple the story of Wallace’s personal life and her arrival in coral science to identify the Reef as a gendered space ripe to explore both feminist and conservation politics. The article is part of a broader Women of the Reef project that supports a history of women’s contribution to the care and conservation of the Reef since the 1960s. In amplifying the role of women in the story of the Reef, we find hope in the richness of detail offered by oral history to illuminate the ways discourse on the Reef and its women sits at the intersection of biography, culture, politics and place. In these stories, we recognise women’s participation and leadership as critical to past challenges, and to current and future climate change action. By retelling modern Reef history through the experiences and achievements of women, we can develop new understandings of the Reef that disrupt the existing dominance of patriarchal and Western systems of knowledge and power that have led us to the brink of ecological collapse.

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Foxwell-Norton, Kerrie; Anderson, Deb; Leitch, Anne M.. Women of the Great Barrier Reef: Stories of Gender and Conservation. Between Pride and Despair: Stories of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests - Queensland Review: Special Issue (Vol. 28 No 2 (2021)). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jun 2022. ISBN 9781800503120. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44251. Date accessed: 07 Feb 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44251. Jun 2022

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