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Professor, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

Gay Hawkins is a professor in social and cultural theory at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. She researches in the areas of science and technology studies and environmental humanities with a focus on media animals, waste, water and plastics. She has done research projects with SBS, the ABC, Sydney Water and many community organisations. She is currently doing a project funded by the ARC on littering and urban habits. She is also working on a history of disposability. Some books include 'Plastic Water: the social and material life of bottled water' co-authored with Kane Race and Emily Potter (MIT 2015), 'The Ethics of Waste' (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006) and 'The SBS Story' co-authored with Ien Ang and Lamia Dabboussy (UNSW Press 2008).


  • –present
    Professor, Institute for Culture and Society , Western Sydney University


Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities