Dr Clare Archer-Lean

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Dr Clare Archer-Lean


Discipline Leader, English

PhD Qld.UT, BA(Hons) Qld.UT, BA UNE

+61 7 5456 5029
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Dr Clare Archer-Lean


Clare is the discipline leader of English literature at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Clare's research has focused on identity and representation, particularly the works of Thomas King and Colin Johnson (Mudrooroo). She has book and article publications in cross-cultural criticism, Australian literature, autobiography and magic realism.

Clare's more recent research focus is in human animal studies (HAS) and how human being story and value the non-human animal. She is also interested in how Indigenous storytelling provides insight into dwelling in more sustainable ways.

Clare is a member of the Arts Research in Creative Humanities research cluster and the Indigenous Studies research theme at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Professional memberships

  • 'Social Alternatives' (journal) Collective Member and Book Review Editor
  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature
  • The Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture—Australia and New Zealand
  • The Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association
  • Australian Universities Language and Literature Association
  • Australian Universities Heads of English Association


  • Early Career Researcher Award, Faculty of Arts and Business, University of the Sunshine Coast (with Dr Anna Potter) 2012

Research grants


Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus of research
Evaluation of how various stakeholders and the public value and expect to interact with Fraser Island’s dingoes Dr Clare Archer-Lean (PI) Queensland’s Department of Information Technology, Science, Innovation and the Arts: Fraser Island Dingo Research Program (A$24,527) 2015 The research will identify points of conflict in relation to dingo habitat and visitor sites, and recommend how to manage overall expectations about how people interact with the animals
Cultural ecology and the common reader: Community book clubs as vehicle for ecocritical reading beyond the Academy  Dr Clare Archer-Lean Faculty of Arts and Business Seed Research Grant, University of the Sunshine Coast (A$5,000) 2013  


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