2015 Running Out? Water in Western Australia, Crawley, UWA Publishing.
Praise for Running Out?:
Ruth Morgan has written a book that wears its scholarship easily and tells its story briskly with grace and skill ... an analysis that has relevance well beyond Australia.RICHARD WHITE, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Lucid and engaging, this book tells a compelling story with vital implications for the nation’s future ... This is environmental history at its best.GRACE KARSKENS, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters
2017 'On the Home Front: Australians and the 1914 Drought', in Georgina Endfield and Lucy Veale (eds), Cultural Histories, Memories and Extreme Weather: A Historical Geography Perspective, Routledge (Research in Historical Geography Series, eds Simon Naylor and Laura Cameron), pp. 34-54.
2017 'AHS Classics: Australian Rural and Environmental History', Australian Historical Studies vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 554-68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2017.1326956
2017 'The Allure of Climate and Water Independence: Desalination Projects in Perth and San Diego', Journal of Urban History , 10.1177/0096144217692990.
2017 (with Meredith Dobbie and Lionel Frost), 'Overcoming Abundance: Social Capital and Managing Floods in Inner Melbourne during the Nineteenth Century', Journal of Urban History, 10.1177/0096144217692984
2017 (with James Beattie) 'Engineering Edens on This 'Rivered Earth'? A Review Article on Water Management and Hydro-Resilience in the British Empire, 1860-1940s', Environment and History vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 39-63.
2015 ‘Salubrity and the survival of the Swan River Colony: health, climate and settlement in colonial Western Australia’, in A. Varnava (ed.), Imperial Expectations and Realities: El Dorados, Utopias and Dystopias, Manchester University Press, pp. 89-104.
2015 ‘Ghosts of the water dreamers: water histories between the desert and the sea‘, Griffith REVIEW , vol. 47, pp. 172-80.
2014 ‘Imagining a greenhouse future: scientific and literary depictions of climate change in 1980s Australia‘, Australian Humanities Review , no. 57, pp. 43-60.
2014 ‘Farming on the fringe: agriculture and climate variability in the Western Australian wheatbelt’, in J. Beattie, M. Henry, and E. O’Gorman (eds), Climate, Science and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 159-76.
2013 ‘Western Australia and the Indian Ocean: a land looking west?’, Studies in Western Australian History, vol. 28, pp. 1-12.
2013 ‘Histories for an uncertain future: environmental history and climate change’, Australian Historical Studies, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 350-60.
2013 ‘Out of sight, out of mind: the use and misuse of groundwater in Perth, Western Australia’, Australian Policy and History, March.
2011 ‘Diagnosing the dry: historical case notes from south-west Western Australia, 1945-2007’, Osiris, J. Fleming and V. Jankovic (eds), vol. 26, pp. 89-108.
2011 ‘Dry horizons: exploring the responses of Western Australian water managers to the enhanced greenhouse effect in the late 1980s’, History Australia, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 158-76.
2011 (with Philip A. Keirle), ‘Teething Problems in the Academy: negotiating the transition to large-class teaching in the discipline of history’, Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, vol. 8, no. 2
2011 ‘A thirsty city: an environmental history of water supply and demand in 1970s Perth’, Studies in Western Australian History, A. Gaynor and J. Davis (eds), vol. 27, pp. 81-97.
2010 ‘“Fear the hose”: an historical exploration of sustainable water use in Perth gardens, 1970s’, Transforming Cultures eJournal, vol. 5, no. 1.
Special Journal Issues
2014History of Meteorology, vol. 6.
2016 (with Lionel Frost, Andrea Gaynor, Jenny Gregory, Seamus O’Hanlon and Peter Spearritt) Water, history and the Australian city: Urbanism, suburbanism and water in a dry continent, 1788-2015, Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, ISBN 978-1-921912-38-2
2016 Astrid Kirchhof and Chris McConville (eds), Transcontinental and Transnational Links in Social Movements and Environmental Policies in the Twentieth Century (Special Issue of Australian Politics and History) in History.Transnational (H.Soz.Kult)
2016 James Beattie, Edward Melillo and Emily O’Gorman (eds), Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: new views in environmental history, in Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 62, no. 3, p. 491.
2016 Ian Tyrrell, Crisis of the Wasteful Nation: Empire and conservation in Theodore Roosevelt’s America, in Australasian Journal of American Studies, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 157-59.
2016 Andrew Nikiforuk, Slick Water: Fracking and one insider’s stand against the world’s most powerful industry, in Australian Book Review, March.
2015 Jane Rawson and James Whitmore, The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change, in Australian Book Review, October.
2015 Mike Smith and Billy Griffiths (eds), The Australian Archaeologist's Book of Quotations, in Australian Book Review, October.
2015 Quentin Beresford, The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd., in Australian Book Review, May, pp. 11-12.
2015 Deb Anderson, Endurance: Australian stories of drought, in Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 26, pp. 93-94.
2014 Eric Pawson and Tom Brooking (eds), Making a New Land: environmental histories of New Zealand, in ENNZ: Environment and Nature in New Zealand, vol. 9, no. 2
2014 Robert Kenny, Gardens of Fire: an investigative memoir, in Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 510-11.
2014 Matthew J. Colloff, Flooded Forest and Desert Creek: ecology and history of the river red gum, in Australian Book Review, November, pp. 15-16.
2014 Matthew Booker, Down by the Bay: San Francisco’s history between the tides, in Australian Economic History Review, vol. 54, no. 3, pp. 313-15.
2014 Peggy James, Cosmopolitan Conservationists: greening modern Sydney, in Australian Historical Studies, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 463-64.
2013 SueEllen Campbell (ed.), Face of the Earth: natural landscapes, science and culture, in Environment and History, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 119-22.
2011 Tony Hall, The life and death of the Australian backyard, in Limina, vol. 17,
2011 Libby Robin, Chris Dickman and Mandy Martin (eds), Desert Channels: the impulse to conserve, in Limina, vol. 17
2011 Kirsty Douglas, Pictures of time beneath: science, heritage and the uses of the deep past, in Limina, vol. 17
2011 ‘“Counting on the weather”: Review of Kristine C. Harper, Weather by the numbers: the genesis of modern meteorology (2008)’, in Metascience, vol. 20, no. 1.