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Dr John Charles Ryan

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6454 , Email:, Campus: ML, Room: ML17.206,
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6454  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.206  


Professional Memberships

  • Communications Officer and Newsletter Editor, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLEC-ANZ), 2012

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2011 Highly Commended, Peter Cowan Centre Patron’s Prize, Quenda
  • 2010 First Place, Creatrix Poetry Prize, Under the Wattle Scrub
  • 2009 Commended, Tom Collins Poetry Prize, Dispersion of Seed

Research Areas and Interests

  • Ecocultural studies
  • Australian and American ecocriticism
  • Cultural history of Australian flora
  • Environmental philosophy
  • Environmental writing
  • Practice-led research

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), Edith Cowan University, 2011.


Recent Research Grants

  • Reimagining Perth's Lost Wetlands,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 2),  2014 - 2016,  $76,334.
  • The Botanical Memory Project: Conserving the Cultural Heritage of Western Australian Plants,  Australian Geographic Society,  Grant,  2015,  $13,354.
  • FloraCultura: Conserving Perth?s Plant-Based Cultural Heritage through a Digital Repository,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2013,  2013 - 2014,  $23,365.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Ryan, J., (2014), Being With: Essays in Poetics, Ecology and the Senses. On Sustainability, 147, Champaign, IL, USA.
  • Hope, C., Ryan, J., (2014), Digital Arts: An Introduction to New Media. Berg New Media Series, 288, New York, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), Unbraided Lines: Essays in Environmental Thinking and Writing. On Sustainability, 141, Champaign, Illinois.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Green Sense: The Aesthetics of Plants, Place and Language. Bridging Disciplines Series, 406, Oxford, England.

Journal Articles

  • Adams, L., Kueh, C., Newman, R., Ryan, J., (2015), This is Not an Article: a reflection on Creative Research Dialogues (This is Not a Seminar). Educational Philosophy and Theory, Online(Online), 1-18, London, DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1035630.
  • Ryan, J., (2014), From Dada to the Browser: Internet Art and the Democratization of Artistic Production in the Digital Era. The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, 12(1), 41-51, Champaign, IL, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2014), Hyper-reality, Art and Activism in a Post-digital Future. Journal of Literature and Art Studies, 4(8), 618-634, New York, NY.
  • Ryan, J., (2014), The Transformation of Archival Philosophy and Practice Through Digital Art. Philosophy Study, 4(5), 373-390, New York, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2014), Toward An Ethics of Reciprocity: Ethnobotanical Knowledge and Medicinal Plants as Cancer Therapies. Humanities, 3(4), 624-644, Basel, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3390/h3040624.
  • Ryan, J., (2014), Natural Heritage Conservation and Eco-Digital Poiesis: A Western Australian Example. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, 153(2014), 88-97, St Lucia, QLD.
  • Ryan, J., (2014), Analogue Angels and Digital Diamonds: Tracing the Origins of New Media Art. Philosophy Study, 4(6), 430-448, New York, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2014), Overland from Perth to Albany: A Journey of Botanical Intrigue. Australian Garden History, 25(3), 4-9, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2014), Australian Ecopoetics Past, Present, Future: What Do the Plants Say?. Arc Poetry Magazine and Cordite Poetry Review, 75(2014), 25-37, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), Stories of Snow and Fire: The Importance of Narrative to a Critically Pluralistic Environmental Aesthetic. Humanities, 2(1), 99-118, Basel, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3390/h2010099.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), Toward a Phen(omen)ology of the Seasons: The Emergence of the Indigenous Weather Knowledge Project (IWKP). Environment, Space, Place, 5(1), 103-131, Romania.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), A Poetic Mycology of the Senses: Four Poems on Mushrooms. PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, 10(1), 55-66, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Botanical memory: Exploring emotional recollections of native flora in the Southwest of Western Australia. Emotion, Space and Society, 8(1), 27-38, Exeter, UK, DOI:
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Towards Intimate Relations: Gesture and Contact Between Plants and People. PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, 2012(9), 29-36, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), A Poetry of Science or a Science of Poetry? The Speculative Method of Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802). The International Journal of Literary Humanities, 10(1), 45-57, Champaign, IL, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Narrative Environmental Ethics, Nature Writing, and Ecological Science as Tradition: Towards a Sponsoring Ground of Concern. Philosophy Study, 2(11), 822-834, El Monte, CA.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Which to Become? Encountering Fungi in Australian Poetry. Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, 4(2), 132-143.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Process Philosophy and the Text-Image Interface: A Study of Three Western Australian Botanical Illustrators. Arts, 1(2), 13-38, DOI: 10.3390/arts1020013.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Passive Flora? Reconsidering Nature?s Agency through Human-Plant Studies (HPS). Societies, 2(3), 101-121, DOI: 10.3390/soc2030101.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Humanity?s Bioregional Places: Linking Space, Aesthetics, and the Ethics of Reinhabitation. Humanities, 2012(1), 80-103, DOI: 10.3390/h1010080.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), The Six Seasons: Shifting Australian Nature Writing Towards Ecological Time and Embodied Temporality. Transformations, 2012(21), 12, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), The Name Blossomed: Landscapes, Habitats and the Botanical Poetry of South-West Australia. Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology, 2(1), 26-42.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), CCA3101/4101 Environmental Humanities: The History of a Unit through an Ecopedagogical Lens. US-China Education Review: B Education Theory, 2(12), 1013-1020, El Monte, CA, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Anthoethnography: Emerging Research into the Culture of Flora, Aesthetic Experience of Plants, and the Wildflower Tourism of the Future. New Scholar, 1(1), 28-40, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Plants, Processes, Places: Sensory Intimacy and Poetic Enquiry. Axon: Creative Explorations, 1(1), 1-16.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Plants as Objects: Challenges for an Aesthetics of Flora. Philosophy Study, 1(3), 222-236, Libertyville, Illinois, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), An Unlikely Marriage: Theorizing the Corporeality of Language at the Crossroads of Thoreau, Heidegger and the Botanical World. Philosophy Study, 1(2), 139-149, Libertyville, Illinois, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Recalling Walden: Thoreau's Embodied Aesthetics and Australian Writings on Place. The Journal of Ecocriticism, 3(2), 43-57, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Cultural Botany: Toward a Model of Transdisciplinary, Embodied, and Poetic Research Into Plants. Nature and Culture, 6(2), 123-148, Germany, DOI: 10.3167/nc.2011.060202.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Values and Evaluations: Reading for Beauty in John Lindley?s A Sketch of the Vegetation of the Swan River Colony (1839-40). The New Critic, n/a(13), 1-17, Crawley, Western Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Green Tropism and the Southwest Australian Flora: From the Green Man to the Ravensthorpe Woman. International Journal of the Humanities, 8(2), 211-227, Champaign, IL, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Not a Bush Flaneur? The Convergent Topographies of Recreational Bushwalking, Floristic Appreciation and Human Embodiment in the Southwest of Western Australia. Colloquy: Monash University Postgraduate Journal, 2010(20), 5-32, Victoria, Australia.

Conference Publications

  • Ryan, J., (2014), Downloading the Commons: Its Role in the Distribution of Art in the Digital Era. Research Journal of the ooi Junior Academy, Transactions on Digital Art, 14(Online, Spring 2014), 19-36, Ruston, LA, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), FloraCultures: Conserving Perth?s botanical heritage through a digital repository. ANZCA Conference Proceedings 2013, 22p., Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Leaves of a Tree: Interweaving the Many Narratives of Southwest Australian Flora. Research Journal of the ooi Junior Academy, Transactions on Nature, 11(Sept 2011), 43-60, Ruston, Louisiana, USA.

Creative Works

  • Ryan, J., (2014), A Voluptuous Year. Cullen Wines Poetry Collection, Witchcliffe, WA.
  • Giblett, R., Ryan, J., Saraswati, A., Murray, J., Brady, D., Kueh, C., (2014), Reimagining Perth's Lost Wetlands Exhibition. Reimagining Perth's Lost Wetlands, Perth Town Hall.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), Distention. CREATRIX Poetry and Haiku Journal, Perth.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), Chaga: An Eclogue in Fragments. PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, no. 10, 2013, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), Murder at Twilight Lake. All Living Language , Joondalup, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), Wedge acres. Prosopisia: An International Journal of Poetry and Creative Writing, Ajmer, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), 9 poems & process statement. Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets, Fremantle, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), The Heritage Values of Anstey-Keane Bush Forever Site: A Personal Reflection. Perth's Bush Forever Report Card: Proceedings of December 2012 Conference, West Perth, WA.
  • Taylor, J., Stevenson, K., Gardiner, A., Ryan, J., (2013), Overturning the Sudden End: New Interpretations of Catastrophe. M/C Journal, Volume 16, No. 1, Brisbane.
  • Pouliot, A., Ryan, J., (2013), Fungi: An entangled exploration. PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, no. 10, 2013, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Two With Nature: Botanical Illustration of Ellen Hickman and Botanical Poetry of John Ryan., Fremantle.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), sound = colour. Global Fusion Voices, Allahabad, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), three peaks triptych. Yellow Edenwald Field, Buffalo, NY.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), metanoia: from cape naturaliste. Yellow Field, Buffalo, NY.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), The Pool, Morphologies of Water and Questioning Botanical Forms. Sunlight of Ordinary Days: Twelve Poets of the Peter Cowan Writers' Centre, Joondalup.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Review of 'Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California, 1850-1935' by Erika Esau. Continuum 26:2, 333-335, Abingdon, England, DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2011.562974.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Review of 'Restless Spirits: The Life and Times of a Wandering Artist'. Landscapes, Mount Lawley.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Wheatbelt Pneuma: dotdotdash. dotdotdash, 'Jukebox' issue, Stanmore, NSW, Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Notes on a Dying Chook. dotdotdash, 'Jukebox' issue, Stanmore, NSW, Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Sheoak Reverie. dotdotdash, 'Jukebox' issue, Stanmore, NSW, Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), A Colony of Royal Hakea. Harvests of the New Millennium: Art and Poetry, Allahabad, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Qualup Bell. Bukker Tillibul, Volume 5,
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Hemotography: The Artist Writes His Blood. Taj Mahal Review, Allahabad, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), I Lose My Balance Stretching for Wattle Pods. Taj Mahal Review, Allahabad, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Katoomba Incantation: Collected Poems. Katoomba Incantation, Allahabad, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Quenda. Peter Cowan Writers' Centre E-Magazine, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), 12 Wildflower Images: Photos with Poems. Edith Cowan University Research Week Exhibition, Kurongkurl Katitjin Gallery, Mount Lawley and University Gallery, Joondalup.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Smokebush Coda: A Poetics of Plants In-Becoming. ECU Research Week 2011, Edith Cowan University.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Wildflower Triptych. dotdotdash,
  • Ryan, J., (2011), The Orchid Effect. New Scholar: An International Journal of the Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences,
  • Ryan, J., (2011), The Four Elements: A Series. Landscapes, Sustainabilia,
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Walking the Waterwheel. Peter Cowan Writers' Centre E-Magazine, Joondalup, Australia (online).
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Bush Tucker. Landscapes, Sustainabilia,
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Sifting horticulture from botany: John Lindley's 'A Sketch of the Vegetation of the Swan River Colony' (1840). Australian Garden History, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Nature Writing for Love of the Earth. Conscious Living, Denmark, Western Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Beastiary of Flowers: A Response to Sidney Nolan's Paradise Garden Series. As is Painting, so is Poetry, Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of Western Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Picturing Irony: Making A Visual Case-study From The Work Of Camus.
  • Master of Arts by Research,  The Role Of A Newspaper In An Advocacy Campaign To Save Dhaka's Rivers In Bangladesh
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A New Approach To Data Visualisation Through Traditional Chinese Aesthetics And Gesture-based Gaming Technology
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