Australasian Animal Studies Association

Lennox, Dr Rowena


Adjunct, University of Technology Sydney; Research, University of Wollongong

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Rowena Lennox is the author of Dingo Bold: the life and death of K’gari dingoes (Sydney University Press, 2021) and Fighting Spirit of East Timor: the life of Martinho da Costa Lopes (Pluto/Zed, 2000). Her essays, fiction, memoir, poems and short articles have appeared in The Big Issue, Griffith Review, Hecate, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, New Statesman, Seizure, Social Alternatives, Southerly, and the Sydney Morning Herald. As well as mentoring and teaching creative writing, Rowena has worked as a book editor for many years.

Her recent research explores dingoes as subjects of colonisation and agents of decolonisation. Two articles co-authored with Fiona Probyn-Rapsey examine a 2016 conservation project in which dingoes who had been implanted with delayed-release poison capsules were used as biocontrol tools to eradicate goats on a Great Barrier Reef Island. The articles analyse the media management, public reaction, political fall-out and animal ethics implications of the Pelorus Island goat eradication project, as well as contextualising the scheme within the cultural–political history of carceral colonialism in Australia, the cultural production of ‘pests’, and the special role that islands play in conservation.


‘“Red I am”: names for dingoes in science and Story’ in Rick de Vos (ed.) Decolonising Animals, Sydney University Press, forthcoming 2021

‘Colonialism and conservation: restoration, killing and tourism on Jabugay Yanooa/Pelorus Island’, with Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, Borderlands e-journal, ‘Intersections of Earth, Country and Power: Ecology, Indigeneity, and Justice’, forthcoming 2021

‘Feral violence: the Pelorus experiment’, with Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 23 December 2020,

‘Narrative sovereignty, emotions and interspecies relationships’, cinder (creative interventions & new directions in expressive research) journal, no. 2, 2019,

‘Incessant: dingoes and waves of contact on K’gari’ in Gillian Dooley and Danielle Clode (eds) The First Wave: exploring early coastal contact history in Australia, Wakefield, Adelaide, 2019, pp. 133–54