Christine Eriksen's latest book "Alliances in the Anthropocene: Fire, Plants and People," co-written with art historian Susan Ballard, examines three dynamic relationships: fire and plants, people and plants, and people and fire. Eriksen and Ballard examine how anthropogenic impacts are felt across all spectrums of these relationships, from the geological and arboreal to the atmospheric.

Eriksen is a Senior Researcher with the Risk and Resilience Team at the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology. With a particular interest in the social dimensions of disasters, Eriksen’s widely published and award-winning research has focused on case studies in multiple countries across several continents. She gained international recognition for her research by bringing elements of human geography, social justice, and environmental hazards into conversation.

Prior to joining the Center for Security Studies, Eriksen worked for 13 years as a social scientist at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She earned a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Wollongong, an MA in Human Geography from King’s College London, and a joint-Honours degree in Social Anthropology and Geography from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

This lecture was presented on March 15, 2022. It is part of "Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire," a series hosted by the Spring Creek Project and the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Oregon State University (OSU). The talk was co-sponsored by OSU's Center for the Humanities, OSU's Sustainability Office, OSU's Arts and Education Complex,, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, and Grass Roots Books & Music.

Learn more about the "Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire” lecture series on Spring Creek Project's website:

Media Record Details

Mar 15, 2022
Christine Eriksen

Cataloging Information

Fire Communication & Education

NRFSN number: 24433
FRAMES RCS number: 586596
Record updated: January 10, 2023