Research activity per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research Biography

My research investigates the environmental and international histories of Antarctica, the cryosphere, and the world’s oceans in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I'm also beginning to wade into histories of seagrass and other nearshore, intertidal and subtidal environments.

My current major project is titled “An international environmental history of the ‘World Ocean’, 1950s-2000s” - this project has been supported by an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2019-22). This project aims to investigate the ways in which states, international organisations, and international communities have engaged with and conceptualised the ‘World Ocean’ as a natural environment from the 1950s to the 2000s. In the context of current environmental and geopolitical challenges for the ocean, this project aims to analyse how these actors built institutions, communities, and territories in and for the ocean environment as a foundation for generating knowledge and claiming power, rights, and resources.

Between July and October 2023 I am a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Humanities, University of Bristol. During the fellowship I am exploring questions around what I'm calling an 'urban blue humanities', the relationships of coastal cities with their nearshore marine environments.

My first book, The Greening of Antarctica: Assembling an International Environment, was published by Oxford University Press (2019). My scholarly articles have appeared in Isis, Environmental History, the Journal of Historical Geography, Environmental Humanities, the International Review of Environmental History, Progress in Human Geography, the Australian Journal of Politics and History, The Polar Journal, and several edited collections.

In April 2022, I convened the conference "Australia and the One Earth: Engaging with global environmental governance since Stockholm, 1972", an interdisciplinary exploration, with history, politics, IR, and more. Read the full Call For Papers for more details.

I am eager to supervisor research students (PhD and masters) in a wide range of subjects across environmental history, the environmental humanities and posthumanities, history of science, and international history. Prospective students are welcome to contact me directly.

Before arriving at Flinders University, I held a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Melbourne (2016-2019) and a US National Science Foundation-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oregon (2014-2016). I received my PhD from the Australian National University in 2014.

Research Expertise

  • Global environmental history
  • Oceans history
  • Antarctic history
  • Australian history
  • History of environmental management
  • History of environmentalism

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Australian National University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014


Dive into the research topics where Alessandro Antonello is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or