1993 …2020

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Research Biography

Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the emerging field of space archaeology. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, the Monocle, and Archaeology magazine. She is a faculty member of the International Space University's Southern Hemisphere Space Program in Adelaide.

She has worked extensively in Indigenous heritage management, providing advice for mining industry, urban development, government departments, local councils and Native Title groups in NSW, WA, SA and Queensland. She is also a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement.

Alice is a Director on the Board of the Space Industry Association of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and a Councillor of the Anthropological Society of South Australia. She tweets as @drspacejunk.

Research Interests

My research involves the archaeology and cultural heritage management of space exploration, focusing on orbital debris, terrestrial launch sites, and tracking stations.

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Research Output

Space heritage: artefacts and archæology

Gorman, A., 2020, In : Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales. 153, 1, p. 94-96 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
  • Space junk

    Gorman, A., 2020, Earth 2020: An Insider’s Guide to a Rapidly Changing Planet. Tortell, P. (ed.). Cambridge, UK: OPENBOOK PUBLISHERS, p. 239-245 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future

    Gorman, A., 2019, Sydney: NewSouth Books. 290 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Ghosts in the machine: Space Junk and the Future of Earth Orbit

    Gorman, A., Jan 2019, In : ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. 89, 1, p. 106-111 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Pursuing social justice through collaborative archaeologies in Aboriginal Australia

    Smith, C., Burke, H., Ralph, J., Pollard, K., Gorman, A., Wilson, C., Hemming, S., Rigney, D., Wesley, D., Morrison, M., McNaughton, D., Domingo, I., Moffat, I., Roberts, A., Koolmatrie, J., Wilika, J., Pamkal, B. & Jackson, G., 30 Sep 2019, In : Archaeologies. 15, 3, p. 1-34 34 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


  • John Mulvaney Book Award

    Gorman, Alice (Recipient), Dec 2019