The Northern Rivers region of New South Wales has a long history of environmental research and activism. From the anti-logging protests at Terania Creek in 1979 to the Bentley Blockade in 2014, this region has been a leader in creative strategies and direct action to protest and address issues of environmental concern.

Given this rich regional legacy, and the pressing issue of anthropogenic global warming, the LabX research cluster in Environmental Arts and Humanities at SCU brings together researchers from multiple disciplines who are concerned about humankind’s effects on and relationship with the environment – on local, national and international levels.

Questioning concepts such as nature and landscape, and exploring the colonial legacies of resource use and extraction, are key to addressing how environmental issues are represented in public debate. The group is dedicated to exploring creative strategies and experimental methodologies that can educate, inform and inspire people in re-thinking our relationship with the non-human world.