Tim Bonyhady is one of Australia's foremost environmental lawyers and cultural historians. He is the author of many books including The Law of the Countryside: The Rights of the Public, Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape Painting 1801-1890, Places Worth Keeping: Conservationists, Politics and Law, Burke and Wills: From Melbourne to Myth, The Colonial Earth and Good Living Street: The Fortunes of my Viennese Family. He has been an advisor to Commonwealth and State inquiries into environmental law. He has curated exhibitions for the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.
My research interests extend across the full domain of Australian environmental law. They also include many aspects of cultural history. My initial interest was Australian art, with a particular emphasis on the colonial period, the subject of three of my first books. Then my interests extended to interrelationships between art, science and exploration, which I examined in my book, Burke and Wills: From Melbourne to Myth. In The Colonial Earth I brought by legal and cultural interests together for the first time in a substantial way as I examined the origins of environmental concern in Australia. In Good Living Street my focus switched to Central Europe and Vienna, with questions of art, religion and identity looming large in a multi-generational family history focussing on my mother, maternal grandmother and great-grandmother.
- Director, Australian Centre for Environmental Law and Director, Centre for Climate Law and Policy
- Professor, ANU College of Law,
- Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
- Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
- New South Wales Premier's Prize for Australian History, 2001 (for The Colonial Earth)
- Queensland Premier's Prize for History, 2001 (for The Colonial Earth)
- Shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Non-Fiction, the Victorian Premier's Prize for Non-Fiction, The Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year, 2001 (for The Colonial Earth)
- Centenary of Federation Medal, 2003
- New South Wales Premier's Prize for History, 2012 (for Good Living Street)
- New South Wales Premier's Multicultural Prize, 2012 (for Good Living Street)
- Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Prize for Non-Fiction, 2011 (for Good Living Street)
- Shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Prize for History, 2011 (for Good Living Street)
- Shortlisted for the National Biography Award, 2012 (for Good Living Street)