Dr Josh   Wodak
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Dr Josh Wodak



2018        Graduate Certificate, University Learning & Teaching, University of New South Wales. 

2011        PhD (Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Research), Humanities Research Centre, Australia National University.

2002        Bachelor of Arts, Honours (Anthropology, First Class), University of Sydney.

Biological, Earth & Env Sci

Dr Josh Wodak works at the intersection of the Environmental Humanities and Science & Technology Studies. His research addresses the socio-cultural dimensions of the climate crisis and the Anthropocene, with a focus on the ethics and efficacy of conservation through technoscience, including Synthetic Biology, Assisted Evolution, and Climate Engineering.

He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University; a Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre for Excellence in Synthetic Biology; and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, UNSW.

Originally trained in Anthropology (University of Sydney, 2002, and Australian National University, 2011) his publications have appeared in Humanities; Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities; Environmental Communication; Transformations: Journal of Media, Culture and Technology; Music and Arts in Action; Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts; and Futures; and in edited volumes on the rhetoric of climate communication; the aesthetics of the undersea; transformative pedagogies about the environment and environmental history. His creative outputs include music, artworks, and installations that have been exhibited in art galleries, museums, and festivals across Australia and internationally. 

Before joining the Institute in 2020, he was a Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design; a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project 'Understanding Australia in The Age of Humans: Localising the Anthropocene'; and a Key Researcher of the Andrew Mellon Australia-Pacific Observatory in Environmental Humanities, Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney. 

He is currently completing a book about what kinds of conservation experimentation we should be considering in response to the unfolding Sixth Extinction Event. 


  • Book Chapters | 2019
    Wodak J, 2019, 'Siren and silent song: Evolution and extinction in the submarine', in Cohen M; Quigley K (ed.), The Aesthetics of the Undersea, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London, pp. 180 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429444203
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Wodak J, 2019, 'When Water Meets Oil: Rupturing Rhetoric and Reality in Energy Policy and Climate Science', in The Rhetoric of Oil in the Twenty-First Century: Government, Corporate and Activist Discourses, Routledge, London, https://www.routledge.com/The-Rhetoric-of-Oil-in-the-Twenty-First-Century-Government-Corporate/Graves-Beard/p/book/9781138484375
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Wodak J, 2018, 'The Anthropocene as a Transformative Pedagogical Platform', in Sierra MA; Wise K (ed.), Transformative Pedagogies and the Environment: Creative Agency through Contemporary Art and Design, edn. Transformative Pedagogies, Common Ground Research Networks, Champaign, Illinois, http://dx.doi.org/10.18848/978-1-86335-014-3/CGP
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Wodak J, 2017, 'Artificial Coral Reefs', in Future Remains A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene, Chicago University Press, Chicago, http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/F/bo27213130.html
  • Journal articles | 2019
    Wood G; Marzinelli EM; Coleman MA; Campbell AH; Santini NS; Kajlich L; Verdura J; Wodak J; Steinberg PD; Vergés A, 2019, 'Restoring subtidal marine macrophytes in the Anthropocene: Trajectories and future-proofing', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 70, pp. 936 - 951, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF18226
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wodak J, 2018, 'Shifting Baselines: Conveying Climate Change in Popular Music', Environmental Communication, vol. 12, pp. 58 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2017.1371051
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wodak J; Åberg A; Almeida H; Kirstein J, 2018, 'Around the World in 143 Days: Times at the Scale of the Anthropocene', Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, vol. 5, pp. 39 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.5250/resilience.5.1.0039
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wodak J, 2018, 'Popular Music & Depopulated Species: Probing Life at the Limits in Song and Science', Music and Arts in Action, vol. 6, pp. 3 - 18
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wodak J, 2018, 'If a Seed Falls in a Forest: Sounding out Seedbanks to Sonify Climate Change', Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, vol. 3, http://unlikely.net.au/issue-03/seed-in-space-sound-in-time
    Journal articles | 2017
    Wodak J, 2017, 'Environmental Art as Remedial Action: From Meditating on to Mediating in Earth’s Energy Imbalance', Transformations: Journal of Media, Culture and Technology, vol. 30, pp. 56 - 73, http://www.transformationsjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Trans30_04_wodak.pdf
    Journal articles | 2016
    Wodak J, 2016, 'The Arts of Energy: Between Hoping for the Stars and Despairing in the Detritus', Humanities, vol. 5, pp. 38 - 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/h5020038
    Journal articles | 2015
    Wodak J; Neale T, 2015, 'A critical review of the application of environmental scenario exercises', Futures, vol. 73, pp. 176 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2015.09.002
    Journal articles | 2014
    Wodak, Josh ; Strange, Carolyn ; McNamara, Daniel ; Wood, Ian , 2014, 'Mining for the Meanings of a Murder: The Impact of OCR Quality on the Use of Digitized Historical Newspapers', Digital Humanities Quarterly, vol. 8, pp. n/a, http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/8/1/000168/000168.html
  • Reports | 2014
    Wodak J, 2014, Scientific diversity, scientific uncertainty and risk mitigation policy and planning: scenario exercise literature review, Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC, http://apo.org.au/research/scientific-diversity-scientific-uncertainty-and-risk-mitigation-policy-and-planning
  • Creative Written Works | 2017
    Wodak J, 2017, seed in space/sound in time, Creative Ecological Investigations #1 Project: Art & Herbarium, https://www.carltonconnect.com.au/
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2017
    Wodak J, 2017, seed in space/sound in time, Art and Herbarium: Creative Ecological Investigations, LAB-14 Gallery, Editor(s): Brueggemeier J, Sound, Published: 02 March 2017, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://www.carltonconnect.com.au/art-herbarium-creative-ecological-investigations/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Wodak J, 2017, When I Was A Buoyant, Oceanic Imaginaries, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, 01 May 2017 - 30 June 2017, medium: Video Art
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Wodak J, 2016, 'Melt into Air: Equilibrium, Excess, and Entropy in the Arts of Energy', presented at Control - European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Stockholm University, 14 June 2016 - 17 June 2016, http://control2016.com/
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Wodak J, 2016, 'Energy In Equals Energy Out: Living (and Dying) in the Material World', presented at Encountering Materiality, Geneva University, 23 June 2016 - 25 June 2016, http://encounteringmateriality.org/en/encountering-materiality-science-art-language/
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Wodak J, 2015, '‘Let me take you down’: The Representation of Underwater Worlds In Art (invited presentation)', presented at Underwater Worlds, Stanford Humanities Centre, Stanford University, USA, 17 May 2015 - 19 March 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Wodak J, 2015, 'Climate by Design: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene', presented at Aesthetics After Finitude conference,, National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW, 03 February 2015 - 04 March 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Wodak J, 2015, 'Forecasting the Future: Coral and Climate Change (invited presentation)', presented at Anthropocene Objects and Environmental Futures, Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, 03 July 2015 - 05 July 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Wodak J, 2015, 'Energy In Equals Inergy Out', presented at Energies in the Arts, National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW, 13 August 2015 - 15 August 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Wodak J, 2015, 'Understanding the Intangible: Perceiving Climate Engineering through Art and Design', presented at Climate Engineering Research: Current State and Future Perspectives, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, 06 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Wodak J, 2014, 'The Shape of Things to Come: Art and Geoengineering (invited presentation)', presented at Encountering The Anthropocene: The role of environmental humanities and social sciences, University of Sydney, 26 February 2014 - 28 February 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Wodak J, 2014, 'Entwined Futures: Coral, Climate and Human-Nature Hybridity', presented at The Anthropocene: Cabinet Of Curiosities Slam,, Center for Culture, History, and Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 08 November 2014 - 10 November 2014
    Conference Posters | 2014
    Wodak J; Neale, Timothy , 2014, 'Can We Better Understand How Scientific Knowledges Work in Risk Mitigation Through Scenario Exercises?', Wellington, NZ, presented at Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC 2014 Annual Conference, Wellington, NZ, 14 September 2014 - 18 September 2014, http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/resources/poster/1186
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Wodak J, 2014, 'Designing Away a Climate-by-accident: Art and Climate Engineering,', presented at Fighting Fire With Fire: Climate Modification and Ethics in the Anthropocene, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW, 29 July 2014 - 31 July 2014
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2014
    Wodak JC, 2014, Semblance of Stability, Nahrain: Two Rivers, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, 07 February 2014 - 30 March 2014, medium: Photography
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2014
    Wodak J, 2014, jubilee venn diagrams?, jubilee venn diagrams?, Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton., 07 February 2014 - 23 March 2014, medium: Video Art
    Conference Papers | 2013
    Wodak J; de Bérigny C, 2013, 'An eye to the past, an eye to the future: The role of art in engaging with climate change in museums', in Proceedings of the 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, pp. 787 - 792, presented at 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, 07 January 2013 - 10 January 2013, http://hichumanities.org/conference-proceedings/
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Wodak J, 2013, 'To See the Sea: Reefs on the Edge (invited presentation)', presented at The Marine and Maritime Research Symposium, Australian National Maritime Museum, 06 November 2013 - 08 November 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Wodak J, 2013, 'Comprehending Complexity: Art in the Anthropocene', presented at SCANZ: 3RD Nature symposium, Western Institute of Technology, Taranaki, New Zealand, 05 February 2013 - 07 February 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Wodak J, 2013, 'Resilient Fertilisers: Art as Change Agent in a Changing Climate', presented at The Arts and Environmental Sustainability, EcoArts Australis, University of Wollongong, 12 May 2013 - 13 May 2013
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2013
    Wodak J, 2013, Shape Things To Come, Shape Things To Come, John Paynter Gallery, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle, 04 November 2013 - 28 November 2013, medium: Photomedia installation