My book, Running Out? Water in Western Australia, was published by UWA Publishing in February 2015.

Running_Out_Cover_grandeFor nearly 200 years the visions and aspirations of the people of Australia’s west have been characterised by an unquenchable thirst. Ruth Morgan uncovers the fear of running out of water — a fear that has long gripped the region’s inhabitants and loomed large on the state’s political agenda. It has shaped how urban and rural Western Australians learned to live with the effects of a variable climate on their water supply, lifestyle, and livelihood.

This is a story of hardship and persistence; of inclusion, exclusion and defiant profligacy in the face of growing scarcity, through a period of great development and social change. An engrossing environmental history that offers a new understanding of the past Running Out? questions this way of life as we approach an uncertain future in a drying climate.

* Running Out? Water in Western Australia was the winner of the 2016 State Library of Western Australia Prize for Western Australian History, Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, and was runner-up for the 2016 W.K. Hancock Prize of the Australian Historical Association.

Read an excerpt here…

I have also published my research on water, climate, environmental history and the history of science in a range of Australian and international journals, including Australian Historical Studies, History Australia, Radical History Review, and Osiris.

Further information about my research activities can be found on my website.

  • 2017   ‘On the Home Front: Australians and the 1914 Drought’, in Georgina Endfield and Lucy Veale (eds), Cultural Histories, Memories and Extreme Weather: A Historical Geography ... Read more
  • 2017      (with 2016 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank members) ‘Risk and Resource Allocation in the Environment’, in An Interdisciplinary Approach to Living in a ... Read more
  • 2017   Zoë Laidlaw and Alan Lester (eds), Indigenous Communities and Settler Colonialism: land holding, loss and survival in an interconnected world, in Victorian Studies, vol. ... Read more
  • 2017   (with Christof Mauch and Emily O’Gorman), Visions of Australia: Environments in History, Rachel Carson Center Perspectives, no. 2. Check out the collection online. 2014   Argument, Authority ... Read more
  • 2017    ‘Looking Forward, Looking Back: A Historian Goes to COP23‘,, December 18. 2017    ‘Gender and Environmental History‘, White Horse Press, September 4. 2017    ‘Everyday ... Read more