Dr Tania Leimbach

Dr Tania Leimbach

Arts, Design & Architecture (ADA)
School of Humanities & Languages

Tania Leimbach has a passion for the living systems that support life. She completed her PhD thesis at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) within the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), a research institute with a dynamic HDR program and project-based research for government, industry and academia. ISF honed her understanding of sustainability challenges, innovation and the application of systems thinking in the renewable energy sector, regenerative agriculture, food security, circular economy, public transport and clean industries. Her research orientation is informed by the field of sustainability, in itself a transdisciplinary approach to problem solving, and something that ISF is world-renowned for.

Tania’s PhD thesis, Sustainability and the Material Imagination in Australian Cultural Organisations reveals how cultural organisations engage with the political and material complexities of the Anthropocene and global environmental change. The thesis draws on various accounts of materiality from material culture studies, and notions of social and material agency; the rise of new museology, and recent discourse in the environmental humanities focusing on the Anthropocene and sustainability.

She has an emerging research profile contributing to ecocultural scholarship and aligning with the research strengths of Environmental Humanities. In particular: environment, technology and the politics of knowledge; theorisations of affect; social and cultural change; material cultures; inter- and transdisciplinary theory and pedagogy; ecologically-oriented creative practice, and rethinking the humanities through the environment.

Since completing her doctoral studies, Tania has held research and teaching roles in tertiary contexts and professional settings. She has contributed to several academic and industry-commissioned projects, and has worked in a research capacity for local government, regenerative agriculture NGO Soils for Life, and Indigenous-led social enterprise Old Ways, New. An experienced social researcher, she utilises a range of qualitative research methods, including ethnography, case studies and focus groups, program monitoring and evaluation, and social impact assessment.

As a member of the Environment & Society Group, Tania convenes several courses in the Master of Environmental Management, a program focused on nourishing tomorrow's change-makers in restoratively rethinking and reshaping the world. Tania actively supports youth-led climate solutions and the empowerment of young people, while building skills and knowledge for educators in how to effectively address climate change in diverse formal and informal settings. She has an an emerging profile in climate change pedagogy, and has developed public-facing resources for climate change education now being used in higher education, secondary schools and local councils.


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  • Book Chapters | 2018
    Fam D; Leimbach T; Kelly S; Hitchens L; Callen M, 2018, 'Meta-considerations for planning, introducing and standardising inter and transdisciplinary learning in higher degree institutions', in Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice and Education: The Art of Collaborative Research and Collective Learning, pp. 85 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93743-4_7
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Leimbach T; Armstrong K, 2018, 'Creative partnerships and cultural organisations: “enabling” and “situating” arts-science collaboration and collective learning', in Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice and Education: The Art of Collaborative Research and Collective Learning, pp. 241 - 256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93743-4_16
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Leimbach T; Kent J; Walker J, 2022, 'The affective dimension of crisis subjects: Teaching Environmental Communication through intersecting crises', Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 62, pp. 325 - 351
    Journal articles | 2022
    Leimbach T; Milstein T, 2022, 'Learning to change: Climate action pedagogy', Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 62, pp. 414 - 423, https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1370386.pdf
    Journal articles | 2022
    Leimbach T; Palmer J, 2022, '#AustraliaOnFire: Hashtag Activism and Collective Affect in the Black Summer Fires', Journal of Australian Studies, 46, pp. 496 - 511, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2022.2121744
    Journal articles | 2013
    Leimbach T, 2013, 'Innovative programming and social engagement in art institutions: An australian case study', International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 6, pp. 171 - 184, http://dx.doi.org/10.18848/1835-2014/CGP/v06i01/44432

Tania's current research areas and activities

  1. Environmental and climate communication
  2. Regenerative agriculture, diverse farming systems and multispecies relations
  3. Climate Change Education (CCE)
  4. Arts-Science research and practice
  5. Transdisciplinary research methods and transition theory

My Teaching

I am interested in learning in all its forms and have 15 years teaching experience in higher education. Committed to the design and delivery of high quality and innovative learning experiences, I continue to hone my skills in facilitating student engagement to enhance learning outcomes and retention, support full-bodied learning communities, extend creative problem-solving, engage with complexity, and incorporate relevant assessments with meaningful feedback processes.

In UNSW’s Masters of Environmental Management program, I convene:

IEST6911 Climate Crisis and Action

IEST5005 Environmental Communication

IEST7200 Demystifying Environmental Law: From Regulation to Rights of Nature

IEST5021 Corporations, Capitalism and Transforming Environments