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    Chloe Watfern

    Postdoctoral Research Associate


    Dr Chloe Watfern is a maker and researcher with a longstanding interest in ecological emotions, climate distress, and human-nature connections. She is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Ecological Emotions Research Lab at the University of Sydney. She is also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, where she leads the Climate Lab.


    Chloe is committed to climate justice, and her work with neurodivergent and disabled collaborators has led to a monograph with Routledge and a socially engaged art exhibition at Manly Art Gallery and Museum. In other projects, she has used the arts-based method of body mapping to explore ecological emotions with young families. As a collage artist, she encourages her two young children to scribble and play with her growing archive of materials, and she uses their art in much of her recent work. Mothering in the climate crisis is a source of constant anguish and motivation.

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  • Writing


    Visualising Ecological Emotions

    Chloe Watfern, Marthy Watson, Barbara Doran & Priya Vaughan, 'A Sad Tree: Visualising Ecological Emotions through Bodies in Place.’ Visual Studies (2024), 1–10. doi:10.1080/1472586X.2024.2328603.


    Art After Floods

    Chloe Watfern, ‘Fragile Tethers: Art After Floods.’ Artlink, Eco-Critical 44:1 (2024) [republished online by Revive the Northern Rivers].


    Tentacular Distress and Care

    Chloe Watfern and Priya Vaughan (2023) ‘Tentacular Climate Distress and Care.In Care is a Relationship (exhibition catalogue), UNSW Library.


    Climate Concerns Amongst Students

    Chloe Watfern, Blanche Savage, & Cybele Dey, ‘Responding to students’ climate change concerns.’ Independent Education Journal (2022)