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Erik Eklund

School of History

Tel: Int+353(1)716 8424 Ireland (01)7168424
Email: erik.eklund@ucd.ie

Biography

Erik Eklund has worked at the University of Newcastle in Australia, Federation University and at Monash University, 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.

Publications

Books

Erik Eklund (2012) Mining Towns: making a living, making a life. Sydney, Australia: New South Publishers. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

Erik Eklund (2015) 'Radical Protest in Newcastle, Australia in the late nineteenth century' In: James Bennett, Nancy Cushing , Erik Eklund (eds). Radical Newcastle. Sydney, Australia: New South Publishers. , pp.48-59 [Details]
Erik Eklund, Julie Fenley (2015) 'Afterward' In: Erik Eklund, Julie Fenley (eds). Earth and Industry: stories from Gippsland. Melbourne, Australia: Monash University Publishing. [Details]
Erik Eklund, Julie Fenley (2015) 'Earth and Industry: Towards a new environmental history of Gippsland' In: Erik Eklund, Julie Fenley (eds). Earth and Industry: Stories from Gippsland. Melbourne, Australia: Monash University Publish. , pp.1-18 [Details]

Edited Books

James Bennett, Nancy Cushing, Erik Eklund (Ed.). (2015) Radical Newcastle. Sydney, Australia: New South Publishers. Available Online [Details]
Erik Eklund, Julie Fenley (Ed.). (2015) Earth and Industry: Stories from Gippsland. Melbourne, Australia: Monash University Publishing. Available Online [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

David Roberts & Erik Eklund (2012) '¿Australian convict sites and the heritage of adaptation: the case of Newcastle¿s Coal River Heritage Precinct¿'. Australian Historical Studies, 43 (3):363-380. [Details]

Other Journals

Erik Eklund (2013) 'Class and company loyalties at Mount Morgan, 1889-1909' Journal of the Australasian Mining History Association 11 :24-42. [Details]
Erik Eklund, Ann Hardy (2014) 'Multidisciplinary Approach to University-Community Engagement' Journal of University-Community Engagement 9 (1) :77-99. [Details]
Erik Eklund, Frank Bongiorno (2014) 'The Problem of Belonging: Contested Country in Australia Local History' New Scholar: An international journal of the humanities, creative arts, and social sciences 3 (1) :39-53. [Details]
                                                                                           

Research

Research Interests

I am a historian of Australia with a special interest in regional lives, industrial and mining towns, and labour history. My work has branched out to include environmental history, heritage studies, deindustrialisation, and the history of social policy in the regions. 

I have three major research projects at the moment-

1. An Australian Research Council Grant with Melanie Oppenheimer (Flinders), and Joanne Scott (University of the Sunshine Coast) focusing on the history of a remarkable Whitlam-government policy called the Australian Assistance Plan.
2. A micro comparative history of the Great Depression with the initial two case studies towns being Newcastle, NSW, and Tampere in Finland working with my colleague Jarmo Peltola (Tampere).
3. A project on comparative industrial heritage in deindustrialising regions working with Stefan Berger and others from the University of the Ruhr - Bochum. 
     

Teaching

 

Modules Coordinated

201500   HIS21070     History: Australian History
201500   HIS31850     History: Making Australian History