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Lecturer in Creative Writing, The University of Queensland

Dr Tom Doig is an award-winning creative non-fiction author, investigative journalist and scholar. He has written two books about the unprecedented 2014 Hazelwood mine fire disaster: HAZELWOOD (Penguin Random House, 2020) and THE COAL FACE (Penguin Books Australia, 2015). HAZELWOOD was a finalist for the 2020 Walkley Book Award, Journalism and the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards, Best True Crime and Highly Commended in the 2020 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Non-Fiction. THE COAL FACE was joint winner of the 2015 Oral History Victoria Education Innovation Award. Dr Doig has also written a humorous travel memoir, MÖRÖN TO MÖRÖN: TWO MEN, TWO BIKES, ONE MONGOLIAN MISADVENTURE (Allen & Unwin, 2013). He is the contributing editor of the interdisciplinary collection LIVING WITH THE CLIMATE CRISIS: VOICES FROM AOTEAROA (Bridget Williams Books, 2020).

As a scholar, Dr Doig is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the accelerating climate crisis, with a focus on the cultural, social and psychological aspects of climate breakdown. He is currently researching a new book: WE ARE ALL PREPPERS NOW (forthcoming with Scribe Publications), documenting survivalists, doomsday preppers, climate activists and other subcultures of imminent collapse around the world.

Dr Doig teaches creative non-fiction and poetry.


  • 2022–present
    Lecturer in Creative Writing, The University of Queensland
  • 2021–2021
    Research Impact Advisor, Massey University


  • 2018 
    Monash University, PhD (Journalism)
  • 2010 
    The University of Melbourne, MA (Creative Writing)