Australia and Aotearoa NZ Public History Network Seminar, 2 December 2022

“Mothering in Crisis”, a Melbourne Climate Futures CRX Project headed by Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy and Dr Julia Hurst. Climate change is sparking more frequent and more intense environmental disasters, with worse forecast across this century. As a population group with a heightened care burden during disasters, as well as an explicit investment in the future in the form of their children, mothers are particularly impacted by worsening environmental crises. Yet we know very little about how Australian mothers are experiencing the climate-fuelled disasters of the twenty-first century, how their experiences compare to other time periods, and what kinds of support would benefit families in an era of radical environmental change.

This free seminar will present the findings from the first stage of “Mothering in Crisis”, a project led by Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy and Dr Julia Hurst. Funded by Melbourne Climate Futures CRX (Climate Research Accelerator) at the University of Melbourne, the project fills a critical research gap into mothers’ experiences in a period of rapid environmental change. Presentation of project findings and discussion time will be followed by lunch. Both in-person and online participation is available.

When: Friday 2 December 2022, 12-2pm

Where: Online and in-person at Latham Theatre (Room 102), Redmond Barry Building, the University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.


12pm – 1.15pm AEDT- Prof Kathryn Bower, Melbourne Climate Futures, University of Melbourne – Welcome; followed by Research Presentations & Questions1.15-2pm – Lunch (vegan/vegetarian – catered by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy, Lecturer in Family History, University of Tasmania and Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne
Dr Anisa Puri, Research Assistant, University of Melbourne
Catherine Gay, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne

More details can be found here.