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Associate Professor in Archaeology and Space Studies, Flinders University

Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the field of space archaeology. She is an Associate Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University, where she teaches the Archaeology of Modern Society.

Her research focuses on the archaeology and heritage of space exploration, including space junk, planetary landing sites, off-earth mining, rocket launch pads and antennas.

She is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Advisory Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Her book Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future (2019) won the Mark and Evette Moran NIB People's Choice Award for Non-Fiction and the John Mulvaney Book Prize, awarded by the Australian Archaeological Association. It was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and the Adelaide Festival Literary Awards.

Alice tweets as @drspacejunk and blogs at Space Age Archaeology.


  • 2005–present
    Lecturer in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management, Flinders University
  • 2010–present
    Faculty, International Space University Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program
  • 2011–present
    Adjunct Fellow, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Australian National University
  • 2013–present
    Senior Cultural Heritage Advisor, Ecology and Heritage Parners


  • 2001 
    University of New England, PhD
  • 1986 
    University of Melbourne, B.A. (Hons)


  • 2010
    The sky is falling: how Skylab became an Australian icon, Journal of Australian Studies
  • 2009
    The archaeology of space exploration, In David Bell and Martin Parker (eds) Space Travel and Culture,
  • 2009
    Heritage of Earth orbit: orbital debris – its mitigation and heritage, In Darrin and O’Leary (eds) The Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage,
  • 2005
    The cultural landscape of interplanetary space, Journal of Social Archaeology
  • 2005
    The archaeology of orbital space, Australian Space Science Conference, RMIT

Research Areas

  • Historical Archaeology (Incl. Industrial Archaeology) (210108)
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified (020199)