Director of Green Futures
Professor Brett Bennett is Director of the Green Futures Research Group, at the IFK, and Associate Professor of History at the University of Johannesburg and University of Western Sydney. His research uses historical methods to investigate how the interaction of human actions and natural processes created contemporary ecosystems, scientific ideas, and conservation policies. He is the author of Plantations and protected areas: a global history of forest management (MIT Press, 2015), co-author with Frederick J. Kruger of Forestry and water conservation in South Africa: history, science, policy ( ANU Press, 2015), and co-author with Gregory Barton on the book Saving the world the first time: ideas of climate change before global warming, under contract with Reaktion Press. He works with historians, geographers, ecologists, heritage experts and local communities to explore the legacy and meanings of human-plant, human-animal, and human-climate relations.