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Anderson, Deb (2014), Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought. Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing.


‘In Endurance, Deb Anderson asks how people live with, understand, and struggle with drought as a core component of regional life and personal identity. Rare is the scholar who can leverage the insights of oral histories to engage issues of major contemporary significance. Her success in doing this is one of the defining strengths of her work.’

Michael Frisch, SUNY Professor of History and US Oral History Association President 2009-10

‘Deb Anderson’s deeply thoughtful book takes us into the heart of Australian conversations about the land. Endurance is rich with voices and ideas – with earthed experience – and helps us think meaningfully about climate, culture and identity in Australia today. It’s an impressive achievement.’

Tom Griffiths FAHA, Australian National University WK Hancock Professor of History and Centre for Environmental History Director

Book Chapters

Anderson, Deb, ‘And Unto Dust: Grim Humour and Hope in Australian Oral Histories of Drought,’ in Stephen Sloan and Mark Cave, eds, Oral History and Environment. Oxford UP (forthcoming in 2017).

‘Voices of Endurance: Climate and the Power of Oral History,’ in Thomas Bristow and Thomas Ford, eds, A Cultural History of Climate Change. Routledge (forthcoming in 2016).

‘Talk of the Town in Drought Country,’ in Catherine Driscoll, Kate Darian-Smith and David Nichols, eds, Cultural Sustainability in Rural Communities: Rethinking Australian Country Towns. Ashgate Publishing, UK (forthcoming in 2016).

(2001) ‘This Little Old Farm: The Anderson Family of the Atherton Tableland,’ in Noel Lindsay and Justin Craig, eds, Stars under the Southern Cross: The Untold Stories of Queensland Family Businesses. Robina, Qld: Bond University: 171-74.

Refereed Journal Articles

Anderson, Deb, ‘Up Where I Belong: Doing Cultural Studies in the Deep North of Australia,’ Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies (DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2016.1143184, forthcoming in 2016).

(2013), ‘Climate Lived and Contested: Narratives of Mallee Women, Drought and Climate Change’, Hecate 38 (1 & 2): 24-41.

(2010) ‘Drought, Endurance and Climate Change “Pioneers”: Lived Experience in the Production of Rural Environmental Knowledge’, Cultural Studies Review 16(1): 82-101.

(2009) ‘Enduring Drought then “Coping” with Climate Change: Lived Experience and Local Resolve in Rural Mental Health’, Rural Society 19(4) (online edition).

(2008) ‘Drought, Endurance and “The Way Things Were”: The Lived Experience of Climate and Climate Change in the Mallee’, Australian Humanities Review 45: 67-81.

(2007) ‘Weathering the Storm: A Tale of Timing, Loss and Learning from Cyclone Larry’, Traffic 9: 15-33.

(2004) ‘Rethinking Drought in a Sunburnt Country’, Australian Perspectives (online special edition).

(2004) ‘Drought and the Dark Side of Progress’, Risk (online special edition of antiTHESIS).

Book Reviews

Anderson, Deb, ‘Review of Running Out? Water in Western Australia by Ruth Morgan,’ Historical Records of Science (forthcoming in 2016).

(2012), ‘Review of Moving Stories: An Intimate History of Four Women Across Two Countries by Alistair Thomson,’ The Oral History Review 39(2): 325-27.

(2009), ‘Review of Boom and Bust: Bird Stories for a Dry Country edited by Libby Robin, Robert Heinsohn and Leo Joseph,’ Melbourne Historical Journal 37.


The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Review and syndicated Fairfax newspapers: regular feature articles and news stories on state and national higher education issues and a regular column profiling academic research in Victoria.


Anderson, Deb (2012), ‘A Revolution of Tough Choices’, The Age {Higher Age two-part series with Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty}, 20 November.

(2012), ‘A Golden Age for Topping the Century,’ The Sydney Morning Herald {National}, 3 July.

(2011), ‘Weathering a Climate of Fear,’ The Age News, 7 December: 15.

(2010), ‘Laureate is a Man for All Sciences,’  The Age {Higher Age two-part series with Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty}, 17 August.

(2010), ‘Is there a Cure for AIDS?’ The Sydney Morning Herald {National}, August 16.