Founded in 2006, the AEGIS Research Network focuses on cultural responses to global climate change, the poetics of place, and relations between human and nonhuman animals through interdisciplinary research.

Initiated in the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne, AEGIS includes researchers from a range of universities and independent scholars responding to two broad fields of enquiry: the arts and environmental humanities, and the natural sciences.

One of the central aims of the network is to facilitate cultural practices engaging with ecological issues: from current urban environmental politics, cultural geography and the social construction of space, to the cultural communication of science, extinction studies, biosemiotics and multi-species ethnographies.

AEGIS also investigates how environmental history, Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge Systems and other histories of the longue durée bear on the affective connections between human and nonhuman ecologies.

AEGIS enables interdisciplinary dialogues on how cultural practices might contribute to knowledge of nonhuman species and contested global ecologies of cities, agricultural domains, oceans, forests, deserts, mountainous regions and other cold climates.

RMIT University aims to meet all of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Of these, the AEGIS Research Network focuses on the following six goals:

Read more about RMIT’s SDG journey and Sustainability Committee.

Acknowledgement of Country

AEGIS acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we work. We respectfully acknowledge their Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters across Australia and its Dreaming.