Welcome to the Australian Studies Centre at UCD Dublin which is located within the School of History.
Australian Studies currently includes the following range of activities:
- The Keith Cameron Chair of Australian History, a visiting appointment to teach and research Australian history at UCD.
- Courses in Australian history for second- and third-year undergraduates.
- Australian History research seminars and lectures which are open to the public.
- A small Australian Studies Library, which students are entitled to access.
Erik Eklund is the Keith Cameron Chair in Australian History for 2015-2016.
Erik Eklund has worked at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Monash University, and Federation University in Victoria, and has a special interest in regional, labour and community history. At Monash University he held senior leadership roles including Head of School and Deputy to the Pro Vice Chancellor. He has also held visiting appointments at the Australian National University in Canberra, and Georgetown University in Washington DC.
In 2012 he published Mining Towns: making a living, making a life (New South Publishing). He is coeditor with Julie Fenley of a new collection on the environmental history of Gippsland in Victoria (Earth and Industry: Stories from Gippsland. Monash University Publishing) He is also coeditor with Nancy Cushing and James Bennett of a recently-published volume on the radical history of the regional city of Newcastle Radical Newcastle (New South Publishing).
His jointly-authored article with Paul Adams won the 2013 Labour History prize, while his book, Steel Town: the making and breaking of Port Kembla (Melbourne University Press) won the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Regional and Community History in 2003. He has been the recipient of numerous research grants, and is currently working with Melanie Oppenheimer (Flinders) and Joanne Scott (Sunshine Coast), on an Australian Research Council-funded history of the Whitlam Government's 'Australian Assistance Plan', as well as projects on industrial heritage, and the Great Depression.