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Professor Erik Eklund

Professor of History, Head of School

erik eklund
Phone:   +61 3 990 26575 or +61 3 512 26575
Fax:   +61 3 990 26359 or +61 3 512 26359
Office:   1E 220, Gippsland Campus


Erik grew up in Wollongong and studied at the University of Sydney. He was appointed to the University of Newcastle in 1994, where, among other things, he was involved in a project to locate the convict coal mines which lay beneath the city.

In 2001 Erik was a recipient of the Australian Academy of Humanities Travelling Fellowship to support the writing of Steel Town: the making and breaking of Port Kembla (MUP, 2002). That same year he held a visiting appointment at Georgetown University in Washington DC teaching Australian Studies.

In 2003 Steel Town was awarded the NSW Premier’s History Prize. In 2005 Erik was a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, before joining Monash in 2008.

In 2008 he was elected Treasurer of the Australian History Association and re-elected to this post in 2010. (see He is on the editorial board of the journals, History Australia, and Labour History, and is one of the Book Review Editors for Labour History

Research interests

Erik is an historian with an interest in all aspects of Australian social, labour and political history.  His research focuses on places and people who are, or are seen to be, on the geographical and social margins of Australian society. He is especially interested in the historical interaction of people and place. 

Current research projects

Erik is currently completing a monograph history on selected mining and industrial towns in Australia. This project is funded by an ARC grant. He is also working on various aspects of Australian local and regional history, as well as heritage studies.

Recent publications


book cover - a living history of fort scratchley

The Living History of Fort Scratchley (with Julie McIntyre), University of Newcastle/Newcastle City Council, Newcastle, 2008. ISBN 978190701901

Book chapters

Refereed articles


Erik teaches in the area of Australian History and Politics for both on campus and off campus students. 

Expert media commentary

Erik is available for radio interviews covering current topics in Australian history including new books, contemporary issues, and controversies. He has published opinion pieces in The Age and the Canberra Times as well as in online forums such as Inside StoryHere is one example...

Postgraduate supervision

He currently supervises higher degree students in the fields of regional history, labour history and environmental history. He’d welcome proposals from prospective students in these and related fields. 



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