Dr Tom Doig

Lecturer in Creative Writing

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Dr Tom Doig is a creative nonfiction author, investigative journalist and scholar. Tom was the recipient of the 2023 CLNZ-NZSA Writer's Award for his work on prepper subcultures in Aotearoa New Zealand. He has written two books about the unprecedented 2014 Hazelwood mine fire disaster: Hazelwood (Penguin Random House, 2020) and The Coal Face (Penguin Books Australia, 2015). Hazelwood was a finalist for the 2020 Walkley Book Award, Journalism and the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards, Best True Crime and Highly Commended in the 2020 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Non-Fiction. The Coal Face was joint winner of the 2015 Oral History Victoria Education Innovation Award. Dr Doig has also written a humorous travel memoir, Mörön to Mörön: Two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure (Allen & Unwin, 2013). He is the contributing editor of the interdisciplinary collection Living with the Climate Crisis: Voices from Aotearoa (Bridget Williams Books, 2020).

Dr Doig teaches creative non-fiction and poetry.

As a scholar, Dr Doig is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the accelerating climate crisis, with a focus on the cultural, social and psychological aspects of climate breakdown. He is currently researching a new book: We Are All Preppers Now (forthcoming with Scribe Publications), documenting survivalists, doomsday preppers, climate activists and other subcultures of imminent collapse around the world.

Research Impacts

Doig'sThe Coal Face (2015) put pressure on the Victorian Labor government to reopen the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry (2015-16), to investigate the public health harms (illness and death) caused by the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire. Information in The Coal Face was cited by prosecuting lawyers in the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, and by prosecuting lawyers for injured mine worker David Briggs in his succesful case against WorkCover Victoria. The reopened Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry contributed to the early closure of Hazelwood Power Station in 2017, at that time the most-polluting coal plant in the OECD.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Journalism, Monash University
  • Masters (Research) of Creative Writing, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor (Honours) of English Literature, University of Melbourne
  • Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of English Literature, University of Auckland


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Horrocks, Ingrid and Doig, Tom (2022). Writing the climate crisis. Tū Rangaranga: rights, responsibilities and global citizenship in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 161-179) edited by Sharon McLennan, Margaret Forster, Rand Hazou, David Littlewood and Carol Neill. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Tom Doig is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision