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Congratulations to Our 2019 Honours Research Fellows

We are thrilled to congratulate Hal Conyngham, Lauren MacRae and Mark Bosch, our three amazing 2019 Honours Research Fellows, on receiving First Class Honours for their theses.

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Hal Conyngham, Department of Philosophy: 

Philosophising about Those Who Can’t: Ideal Theory and Nonhuman Animals

Hal has spent the past year co-facilitating the Reading Environments reading group with Killian Quigley and has been part of the Multispecies Justice HDR group. Some of her writing on non-human animals, ideal theory and the ‘fatigue of injustice‘ can be found on the SEI blog. Hal is continuing her academic career this year with graduate studies in philosophy.


Lauren MacRae, School of Geosciences: 

Carbon Storage in Mangrove Ecosystems: Linking carbon storage distribution and local ecosystem service use

“The highlight from my honours year was definitely the fieldwork in Fiji”, says Lauren, “which provided a tangible human connection to the work I was doing – seeing the potential impact of the work and how it could empower local communities made the process and the results more meaningful”.

Lauren is participating in the NSW Graduate Program, with her first placement starting this year in the Water Division of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.


Mark Bosch, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies: 

Scale-Critical Stories from the Casula Parklands (available on the eScholarship repository).

Mark received the university medal for his degree, a huge and well deserved honour. He will be spending this year studying Conservation and Land Management at TAFE in the hopes of starting a career in ecological restoration, whilst continuing with music and climate justice work.

“The fellowship gave me the valuable opportunity to get to know the community of scholars at SEI. I learned some of the fascinating ways in which a variety of research interests commingle in one of Sydney’s most auspicious MDIs. I would recommend the fellowship to any Honours student passionate about our damaged planet and who believes in the potential of academe to respond effectively to the damage and to contribute to the work of healing.” — Mark Bosch


We are so excited to see what the future holds for these three talented young scholars, and we wish them all the best! The Institute will be announcing our new cohort of 2020 Honours Fellows in the next few weeks.