Dr Timothy Neale

Dr Timothy NealeDr Timothy Neale is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society. His research bridges the fields of Cultural Studies, Human Geography, Critical Theory and Environmental Humanities, and addresses questions of how knowledge practices – Indigenous, settler and otherwise – are mobilised and transformed in relation to environments in peri-urban, rural and remote Australia. His doctoral project focused on the Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld), examining how questions of belonging, sustainability and development were articulated through the controversial law in far north Queensland. His current position is within the 'Scientific diversity, scientific uncertainty and risk mitigation policy and planning' project, funded by the Bushfires & Natural Hazards CRC.

Timothy completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Associate Professor Chris Healy and Associate Professor Emma Kowal. Prior to this, he completed a Masters of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Auckland in Aotearoa New Zealand.


PhD, 2014, University of Melbourne

MA, 2007, University of Auckland

BA(Hons), 2005, University of Auckland

Honours and Awards

2011: Best Postgraduate Paper, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference

2010-2014: Australian Postgraduate Award, Commonwealth of Australia

2004: Senior Prize in English, University of Auckland

Selected Publications


Neale, T & Turner, S (eds) 2016, Other people's country: law, water and entitlement in settler colonial sites (opens in a new window), Routledge, UK.

Neale, T, McKinnon, C & Vincent, E 2014, History, power, text: cultural studies and Indigenous studies (opens in a new window), UTS ePress, Sydney. 

Book Chapters

Neale, T 2016, 'Regarding self-governmentality: transactional accidents and indigeneity in Cape York Peninsula, Australia', in MR Griffiths (ed.), Biopolitics and memory in postcolonial literature and culture (opens in a new window), Ashgate, Farnham, UK.

Vincent, E, Neale, T & McKinnon, C 2014, 'Indigenous cultural studies: intersections between cultural studies and Indigenous studies', in T Neale, C McKinnon & E Vincent (eds), History, power, text: cultural studies and Indigenous studies (opens in a new window), UTS ePress, Sydney, pp. 11-36. 


Neale, T 2014, Wild articulations: the Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld), conservation, development and sustainable futures in remote Australia, PhD thesis, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic.

Journal Articles 

Neale, T 2016, 'Burning anticipation: Wildfire, risk mitigation and simulation modelling in Victoria, Australia' (opens in a new window), Environment and Planning A, doi: 10.1177/0308518X16651446.

Neale, T, Weir, JK & Dovers, S 2016, 'Science in motion: integrating scientific knowledge into bushfire risk mitigation in southwest Victoria'(opens in a new window), Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 13-17.  

Neale, T, Weir, JK & McGee, TK 2016, 'Knowing wildfire risk: scientific interactions with risk mitigation policy and practice in Victoria, Australia' (opens in a new window), Geoforum, vol. 72, pp. 16-25.

Fordyce, R, Neale, T & Apperley, T 2016, 'Modelling systemic racism: mobilising the dynamics of race and games in Everyday Racism' (opens in a new window), The Fibreculture Journal, vol. 27.

Vincent, E & Neale, T 2016, 'Unstable relations: a critical appraisal of indigeneity and environmentalism in contemporary Australia' (opens in a new window)The Australian Journal of Anthropology, DOI: 10.1111/taja.12186.  

Wodak, J & Neale, T 2015, 'A critical review of the application of environmental scenario exercises' (opens in a new window), Futures, vol. 73, pp. 176-186.

Neale, T & Turner, S 2015, 'Introduction: other people's country: law, water, entitlement' (opens in a new window), Settler Colonial Studies, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 277-281. 

Turner, S & Neale, T 2015, 'First law and the force of water: law, water, entitlement' (opens in a new window), Settler Colonial Studies, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 387-397. 

Neale, T & Weir, J 2015, 'Navigating scientific uncertainty in wildfire and flood risk mitigation: a qualitative review' (opens in a new window), International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 13, pp. 255–265.

Neale, T 2014, 'Book review. James Clifford. Returns: becoming Indigenous in the twenty-first century.' (opens in a new window), Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 406-408.

Neale, T 2013, 'Staircases, pyramids and poisons: the immunitary paradigm in the works of Noel Pearson and Peter Sutton' (opens in a new window), Continuum, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 177-192.

Neale, T 2012, 'Contest and consent: the legacy of the Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld)', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 8,  no. 3, pp. 6-9.

Neale, T 2012, '"A substantial piece in life": viabilities, realities and given futures at the Wild Rivers Inquiries' (opens in a new window), Australian Humanities Review, no. 53.

Neale, T 2011, 'Duplicity of meaning: wildness, indigeneity and recognition in the Wild Rivers Act Debate', Griffith Law Review (opens in a new window), vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 310-323.

Neale, T 2010. '". . . the credentials that would rescue me": trauma and the fraudulent survivor' (opens in a new window), Holocaust and Genocide Studies, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 431-448.

Other Publications

Neale, T 2016, 'Roads to Coen: Cape York and the infrastructure of wilderness', Meanjin (opens in a new window), autumn.

Neale, T 2014, 'A stake in the game' (opens in a new window), review of Quarterly essay 55: a rightful place: race, recognition and a more complete commonwealth by Noel Pearson, Sydney Review of Books.

Neale, T 2014, 'Credit and credentialising' (opens in a new window), Argos Aotearoa, no. 1, pp. 75-79.


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