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Haydn Washington

Adjunct Lecturer, PANGEA Research Centre, BEES, UNSW, UNSW Sydney

Dr Haydn Washington has a forty year history as an environmental scientist, writer and activist. He has a degree in ecology, a Masters of Science in eco-toxicology (heavy metal pollution), a Dip. Ed., and a Ph.D. 'The Wilderness Knot' in Social Ecology (2007). Haydn was worked as an Investigations Scientist in CSIRO, Director of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW (1988), as an environmental consultant, and as a Director of Sustainability in Local Government. He has conducted many flora surveys as a plant ecologist (e.g. Gardens of Stone NP, Wollemi NP) and worked studying the Wollemi Pine (also finding the second site). He has also worked extensively within environmental non-government organisations, being a councillor on the Australian Conservation Foundation for four terms, the secretary of the Colo Committee (which led the campaign to create Wollemi NP), and a media officer for the Wilderness Society.
Haydn is the author of many articles, and six books on the environment - 'Demystifying Sustainability: towards real solutions' (2015 forthcoming), 'Human Dependence on Nature, How to Help Solve the Environmental Crisis (2013), 'Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand' (2011), 'The Wilderness Knot' (2009), 'A sense of Wonder' (2002), 'Ecosolutions: Environmental Solutions for the World and Australia' (1991). Haydn is the Co-Director of the NSW Chapter of the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy. He is an executive member of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. Haydn is also keenly interested in geodiversity, especially the pagoda rock formations of the western Blue Mountains.


  • 2015–2020
    Adjunct Lecturer, PANGEA Research Centre, BEES, UNSW


  • 2007 
    University of Western Sydney, PhD
  • 1987 
    Macquarie University, MSc


  • 2020
    What can I do to Help Heal the Environmental Crisis, Routledge
  • 2019
    A Sense of Wonder Towards Nature, Routledge
  • 2015
    Demystifying Sustainability, Routledge
  • 2013
    Human dependence on nature: How to help solve the environmental crisis, Earthscan/ Routledge
  • 2011
    Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand (co-author John Cook), Earthscan/ Routledge
  • 2009
    The Wilderness Knot: Removing the confusion, VDM Publishing
  • 2002
    A Sense of Wonder, Ecosolution consulting
  • 1991
    Ecosolutions, Boobook Publications


2012 Atlas Award for Heroes of the Climate Movement (US)