Associate Professor Brett Bennett

Associate Professor Brett Bennett

Associate Professor In Modern History,
Arts (sohca)

Associate Professor In Modern History,
Arts (sohca)

Associate Professor In Modern History,
Arts (sohca)

Biography

Brett M. Bennett is an Associate Professor in History in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Johannesburg as well as a School-based member of the Institute for Culture and Society and the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Bennett.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Texas at Austin
  • MA University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  • Environmental history
  • Field-based teaching
  • Global History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Study Abroad

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Arts (sohca)
  • Arts (sohca)
  • Arts (sohca)

Contact

Email: B.Bennett@westernsydney.edu.au
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Publications

Books

  • Bennett, B. and Kruger, F. (2015), 'Forestry and Water Conservation in South Africa: History, Science and Policy', : ANU Press 9781925022834.
  • Bennett, B. (2015), 'Plantations and Protected Areas: A Global History of Forest Management', : MIT Press 9780262029933.

Chapters in Books

  • Bennett, B. (2020), 'A global history of species introduction and invasion : reconciling historical and ecological paradigms', Environments of Empire: Networks and Agents of Ecological Change, University of North Carolina Press 9781469655925.
  • Barton, G. and Bennett, B. (2013), 'The Environment', Cambridge History of Australia. Vol. 2. The Commonwealth of Australia, Cambridge University Press 9781107011540.
  • Bennett, B. (2013), 'Narratives of natural history : recovering lost lineages in Margaret Levyns' life-writing', International Life Writing: Memory and Identity in Global Context, Routledge 9780415522540.
  • Bennett, B. (2011), 'The Consolidation and Reconfiguration of British Networks of Science, 1800-1970', Science and Empire: Knowledge and Networks of Science across the British Empire, 1800-1970, Palgrave-MacMillan 9780230252288.
  • Bennett, B. (2011), 'A Networked Approach to the Origins of Forestry Education in India, 1855-1885', Science and Empire: Knowledge and Networks of Science across the British Empire, 1800-1970, Palgrave MacMillan 9780230252288.
  • Barton, G. and Bennett, B. (2011), 'A Case Study in the Environmental History of Gentlemanly Capitalism: The Battle Between Gentlemen Teak Merchants and State Foresters in Burma and Siam, 1827-1901', Africa, Empire and Globalization: Essays in Honor of A. G. Hopkins, Carolina Academis Press 9781594609152.
  • Bennett, B. (2010), 'Reading the Land: Changing Landscapes and the Environmental History of South Africa', The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African Landscape, Pinewood Studies 9781874817437.

Journal Articles

  • Morbidelli, R., Garcia-Marin, A., AL Mamun, A., Atiqur, R., Ayuso-Munoz, J., Taouti, M., Baranowski, P., Bellocchi, G., Sanguesa-Pool, C., Bennett, B., Oyunmunkh, B., Bonaccorso, B., Brocca, L., Caloiero, T., Caporali, E., Caracciolo, D., Casas-Castillo, M., Catalini, C., Chettih, M. and Saltalippi, C. (2020), 'The history of rainfall data time-resolution in a wide variety of geographical areas', Journal of Hydrology, vol 590 .
  • Bennett, B. and Van Sittert, L. (2019), 'Historicising perceptions and the national management framework for invasive alien plants in South Africa', Journal of Environmental Management, vol 229 , pp 174 - 181.
  • Shackleton, R., Richardson, D., Shackleton, C., Bennett, B., Crowley, S., Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Estevez, R., Fischer, A., Kueffer, C., Kull, C., Marchante, E., Novoa, A., Potgieter, L., Vaas, J., Vaz, A. and Larson, B. (2019), 'Explaining people's perceptions of invasive alien species : a conceptual framework', Journal of Environmental Management, vol 229 , pp 10 - 26.
  • Bennett, B. and Barton, G. (2018), 'The enduring link between forest cover and rainfall : a historical perspective on science and policy discussions', Forest Ecosystems, vol 5, no 5 .
  • Bennett, B. (2017), 'Decolonization, environmentalism and nationalism in Australia and South Africa', Itinerario, vol 41, no 1 , pp 27 - 50.
  • Bennett, B. and Barton, G. (2017), 'Generalizations in global history : dealing with diversity without losing the big picture', Itinerario, vol 41, no 1 , pp 15 - 25.
  • Bennett, B. (2015), 'Margaret Levyns and the decline of ecological liberalism in the Southwest Cape, 1890-1975', South African Historical Journal, vol 67, no 1 , pp 64 - 84.
  • Bennett, B. and Kruger, F. (2015), 'Forestry in reconstruction South Africa : imperial visions, colonial realities', Britain and the World, vol 8, no 2 , pp 225 - 245.
  • Bennett, B. (2014), 'Model invasions and the development of national concerns over invasive introduced trees : insights from South African history', Biological Invasions, vol 16, no 3 , pp 499 - 512.
  • Dickie, I., Bennett, B., Burrows, L., Nu?ez, M., Peltzer, D., Porte, A., Richardson, D., Rejmanek, M., Rundel, P. and van Wilgen, B. (2014), 'Conflicting values : ecosystem services and invasive tree management', Biological Invasions, vol 16, no 3 , pp 705 - 719.
  • Bennett, B. (2014), 'The origins of timber plantations in India', Agricultural History Review, vol 62, no 1 , pp 98 - 118.
  • Bennett, B. (2013), 'The rise and demise of South Africa's first School of Forestry', Environment and History, vol 19, no 1 , pp 63 - 85.
  • Bennett, B. and Kruger, F. (2013), 'Ecology, forestry and the debate over exotic trees in South Africa', Journal of Historical Geography, vol 42 , pp 100 - 109.
  • Kruger, F. and Bennett, B. (2013), 'Wood and water : an historical assessment of South Africa's past and present forestry policies as they relate to water conservation', Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, vol 68, no 3 , pp 163 - 174.
  • Bennett, B. (2011), 'Naturalising Australian trees in South Africa : climate, exotics and experimentation', Journal of Southern African Studies, vol 37, no 2 , pp 265 - 280.
  • Bennett, B. (2011), 'A Global History of Australian Trees', Journal of the History of Biology, vol 44, no 1 , pp 125 - 145.
  • Barton, G. and Bennett, B. (2011), 'Edward Harold Fulcher Swain's vision of forest modernity', Intellectual History Review, vol 21, no 2 , pp 135 - 150.
  • Bennett, B. (2010), 'El Dorado of Forestry: the Eucalyptus in India, South Africa and Thailand, 1850-2000', The International Review of Social History, vol 55, no 18 , pp 27 - 50.
  • Bennett, B. and Barton, G. (2010), 'Forestry as foreign policy Anglo-Siamese relations and the origins of Britain's informal empire in the teak forests of Northern Siam, 1883-1925', Itinerario, vol 34, no 2 , pp 65 - 86.
  • Barton, G. and Bennett, B. (2010), ''There is a pleasure in the pathless woods' : the culture of forestry in British India', British Scholar, vol 3, no 2 , pp 219 - 234.
  • Bennett, B. (2009), 'An imperial, national and state debate : the rise and near fall of the Australian forestry school, 1927-1945', Environment and History, vol 15, no 2 , pp 217 - 244.
  • Bennett, B. and Barton, G. (2008), 'Environmental conservation and deforestation in British India 1855-1947 : a reinterpretation', Itinerario: International Journal of the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, vol 38, no 2 , pp 83 - 104.

Bennett is the author of Plantations and Protected Areas: A Global History of Forest Management (Cambridge [MA]: The MIT Press, 20150 and (with Frederick J. Kruger) Forestry and Water Conservation in South Africa: History, Science and Policy (Canberra: ANU Press, 2015). He is completing a co-authored monograph with Gregory A. Barton titled, Saving the World the First Time: Ideas of Climate Change Before Global Warming (London: Reaktion Press).

From 2014-2016 he worked Tim Winter (Deakin) and Lynn Meskell (Stanford) on the ARC Discovery funded project, 'The Crisis in International Heritage Conservation in an Age of Shifting Global Power'. This project responds to the current crisis in internationalheritage conservation at a time of shifting global power. Bennett is publishing a series of articles relating to decolonisation and environmental protection in throughout the wider Indian Ocean region. 

Bennett has published published widely in leading peer-reviewed international journals and he and his work has been featured in numerous national and international media outlets including The New Republic, The AustralianThe Canberra Times, ABC National Radio’s The Science Show and Hindsight, the Mail and Guardian (South Africa), and The Times Higher Education Supplement.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Bennett.

Previous Projects

Title: Saving the World the First Time: Global Climate Theory and Desiccation 1765-1960 [via ANU]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Brett Bennett
Years: 2011-01-10 - 2013-12-31
ID: P00020065
Title: The Crisis in International Heritage Conservation in an Age of Shifting Global Power [via Deakin Uni]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Brett Bennett
Years: 2014-05-30 - 2017-05-29
ID: P00021427

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The White Elephant in the Room - Apartheid South Africa and the Western Bloc 1961-1989
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: US Dollar Imperialism: The Crisis of a Changing Periphery, A Changing Core
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Possession <i>vis-a-vis</i> Power: Rent Theory, Global Mining and Modern Landed Property in Australia 1861-2014
Field of Research: History; Econometrics; Other Society And Culture; Economics

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