Published 19 July 2017
Michael’s article titled ‘At the Edge of the Region: Where Science and Art Meet in a Storied North Queensland Landscape’ explores the interplay of environmental, Indigenous, scientific, developmental, and artistic narratives which construct the ecosystem of tropical north Queensland.
When discussing Indigenous knowledge, Michael explains in ‘At the Edge of the Region’:
An Indigenous science of knowing the landscape and its abundant resources, with an enduring capacity to sustainably manage that landscape and those resources, is embedded in creative and expressive cosmological systems of knowledges and practices.
Michael’s research interests include Indigenous/European histories and encounters, particularly in relation to Indigenous knowledge, environment, and natural history. He has also worked on Indigenous research ethics and guidelines. He is currently researching and writing about the relationships between Indigenous and other knowledge systems, ecology and place, with case studies from 19th century coastal north-east Australia, and is preparing a book on this. Michael’s most recent publication is a collection co-edited with Joni Adamson, entitled Humanities for the Environment: Integrating Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice (Routledge Earthscan).