I head out on Saturday to spend the last of my sabbatical in southeastern Australia. I will be returning as a Visiting Fellow to my PhD and PDF alma mater, the Australian National University’s Fenner School of Environment and Society, specifically their Sustainable Farms Project. For the first three weeks I’ll be revisiting a third of the farmers I worked with during my PDF 15 years ago and we’ll be doing repeat photography on some of the photos they captured then. I’ve just finished doing pre-interviews with them all, and I am very excited to see in person some of the changes they described. Thanks to Dalhousie’s Special Sabbatical Fund for support to undertake this novel longitudinal research project.

On that trip I will also be attending the IASNR Conference in Cairns, far north Queensland, where Opening Windows will be formally launched (among other things). Thanks to Dalhousie’s SSHRC Explore Fund for support to attend that conference. I will be posting pictures when I can from the field work and the conference.

Finally, when I return from Australia, I will be taking up the role of Director of the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie (my current unit). Thanks to my colleagues for their support.