BIO

I am an activist-scholar affiliated with the Centre for Urban Research (CUR) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. In the second half of 2019 I am preoccupied as Chair of the Organising Committee of the Australian New Zealand Society of Ecological Economics ANZSEE 2019 Conference — Ecological Economics: Solutions Now and in the Future — hosted by CUR at RMIT University 24–26 November.

My book on eco-collaborative housing, Small Is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet, was published by Pluto Press (London) 20 January 2018. I am associated with the international Eco-Communites in an Urban Future project, working on a chapter for a collection edited by Jenny Pickerill (University of Sheffield, UK) — and I’m active in Cohousing Australia.

Pluto published Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies (2011), a nonmarket socialist collection that I co-edited with the late Frans Timmerman. Currently, I am writing a sole-authored book on the topic for publication by Pluto Press early 2021.

Degrowth advocate Francois Schneider and I launched the Routledge Environmental Humanities series collection that we co-edited — Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities after its publication 3 August 2018, embarking on a European tour of the book — see schedule. Currently, Ferne Edwards and I are co-editing a collection for publication by Routledge in 2020 — Food for Degrowth: Perspectives and Practices Reframing the Food Chain.

As the series editor, I am calling for book proposals for the new Palgrave Macmillan series — Alternatives and Futures: Cultures, Practices, Activism and Utopias. We have a few proposals in the pipeline and expect the series to become established in print in 2020.

Find a recent print interview with me and a YouTube conversation between me and activist Natasha Verco here. Note various portraits at this site were taken by Piccoli Photography.

Qualifications

PhD, School of Humanities, La Trobe University, 1996
BA Honours (First Class), History Department, La Trobe University, 1979
Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting (Film, TV, Digital Media), RMIT, 2001

Visiting Scholar, Fellowships and Awards

Shortlisted for 2017 AIPEN Richard Higgot Journal Article Prize

Carson Fellow (Prof. Dr) at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (October 2016 to January 2017)

Visiting Scholar, New School for Social Research, Economics Department, New York City (1 March–31 May 2012)

Honorable Mention at Canada’s 6th International Picture This … Film Festival (PTF) 2006 for short film Mercury Stole My Fire (writer-director)

Merit Award at the US XXVII Superfest International Disability Film Festival (2007) for short film Mercury Stole My Fire (writer-director)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Environment and Planning (Social Science and Planning), RMIT University (1998–2001)