Glenn Albrecht, PhD
Dr. Albrecht is an environmental philosopher with both theoretical and applied interests in the relationship between ecosystem and human health, broadly defined. Currently, an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney, he has held the posts of Professor of sustainability at Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia) and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Newcastle (NSW).
A pioneer in the field of 'psychoterratic' (earth-related) mental health and emotional conditions, his concept of 'solastalgia' or the lived experience of negative environmental change, has become accepted worldwide as a key concept in understanding the impact of environmental change in academic, creative arts, social impact assessment and legal contexts. Glenn Albrecht's work is now being used extensively in course readings, and academic research in many disciplines including geography and environmental studies.
Recent projects have included:
- The ethics of relocating endangered species in the face of climate change pressures
- Psychoterratic Geographies (with Phillip McManus) 2013 (published by Routledge)
- Impacts of climate change on communities in the Hunter Region (NSW, Australia)
- Impacts of gas fracking and coal mining on people and comunities in the Gloucester region of New South Wales (Australia)
- Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant Project on the social and ethical aspects of the thoroughbred horse industry worldwide
- Partner investigator on ARC Linkage Grant on the ethics of feral buffalo control in Arnhem Land
- Impacts of climate change on water provision in two inland cities (Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie)
A leader in transdisciplinary approaches to social and natural science, he co-authored Health Social Science: A Transdisciplinary and Complexity Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2001)
Dr. Albrecht's current research focuses on the psychological, emotional and cultural relationships people have to place and its transformation, an emerging field in which he is recognized as a global pioneer. Glenn remains an active researcher, focusing on the Hunter Region of NSW, and serves as a grant assessor to the Commonwealth Ministry of Arts grant applications.