Dr Marty Branagan has researched environmental, peace and social justice movements since he was arrested at the Franklin River blockade in 1983. His PhD was an analysis of nonviolence developments and artistic activism in those movements, as well as examining the carbon bootprint of war and militarism. It was later published as Global Warming, Militarism and Nonviolence: The Art of Active Resistance (Palgrave MacMillan, www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137010094#reviews).
Marty is currently Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Peace Studies at the University of New England, teaching units on contemporary nonviolence, environmental peace and creating cultures of peace. He has also taught in primary and high schools and TAFEs, and worked in an Alice Springs pre-school. His work with the semi-nomadic Penan people of Borneo struggling to preserve their rainforest homelands from logging informed his first novel Horizontal Lightning (by ‘Simon Ellis’). His 2018 novel, Locked On! The Seventh and Most Illegal in the Hitchhiker’s Guide Trilogy, is a fictionalised account of two recent northern NSW campaigns – Australia’s first blockade of a coal mine, at Leard Forest, and the highly successful blockade of unconventional gas extraction at Bentley (www.lulu.com/au/en/shop/marty-branagan/locked-on/paperback/product-23889253.html). His artworks feature in the illustrated e-version. Marty is a parent and junior soccer coach, and enjoys permaculture, music and surfing.