Upcoming events


As part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2019, the last — and potentially best! — of 30 events in 14 countries comes the Melbourne launch of Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities, at RMIT University Lecture Theatre in Building 80 (445 Swanston St) on Level 2 in Room 7 at 5.30 – 7pm on 21 January.

Explaining and debating ‘degrowth’ in housing and urbanisation is lead editor Anitra Nelson; Professor Jago Dodson, Director RMIT Centre for Urban Research; Routledge Environmental Humanities series editor Emeritus Professor Libby Robin (ANU); Professor Brendan Gleeson (Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne) and Terry Leahy (conjoint, University of Newcastle).

Past events


As co-editors of Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities, from 27 October to 4 December, I and François Schneider will speak with other urbanists and contributors to the book at more than 25 events and workshops in cities in 11 European countries.

A working schedule of the tour can be found here. And details for just some of these events appear below.


On Monday 3 December, I will speak on Housing for Degrowth and allied themes in Small is Necessary in a Multidisciplinary Seminar of architects and engineers, humanities and social science students organised by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and their colleagues at the Technical University of Munich. On Tuesday 4 December, I will speak in the late afternoon on Housing for Degrowth Tuesday Discussion series (16:15–17:15) for writing fellows and students at the Rachel Carson Center at the Ludwig Maximilien University in Munich. 


On Saturday 10 November at 6pm (TBC), François Schneider and I will be speaking as co-editors of Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities and discussing degrowth more generally at an event ‘Podrast Odrasti’ in the Atrium at ZRC SAZU, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Novi trg 2, 1000 Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.


Come to a meeting and workshop ‘Housing for Degrowth — A Different plan for Urbanisaton‘ on Sunday 4 November at 5–7.30pm at Cafe Kryzys: ul. Wilcza 30, 00-544 Warsaw. Meet the authors of Housing for Degrowth and discuss problems of contemporary housing and emerging ideas for the future. The future is now! Find out more details at the Facebook event page here.


This Housing for Degrowth event on Friday 2 November from 7–9 pm is one of a series in the id22 2018 ExperimentDays where we will talk about eco-collaborative hosuing and degrowth. ExperimentDays annually showcase CoHousing and CoLiving and is held at RAW-Friedrichshain, Warschauer Brücke / Revaler Str. in Berlin


On Thursday 1 November at 7.30pm the ‘Zurück zur Zukunft – Degrowth und das Recht auf Stadt’ event will include chapter contributor Lina Hurlin (Mietshäuser Syndikat), and co-editors François Schneider and I speaking on Housing for Degrowth and discussing degrowth more generally at Pögehaus, Hedwigstraße 20, Leipzig-Neustadt. The event will be facilitated by Nina Treu, the event contact (


The Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH — Döppersberg 19 D-42103 Wuppertal — will host an event with François Schneider and myself speaking as co-editors of Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities and discussing degrowth more generally. The event will take place at 17:00 on Tuesday 30 October.


At the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), at 19:00 on Monday 29 October, I and François Schneider will speak on the book we have co-edited and the work of its 25 contributors — Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities.


Casseurs de pub — producers of the journal La Décroissance — will host an event with François Schneider and me speaking as co-editors of Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities and discussing degrowth more generally at 17:00 on Saturday 27 October. This public event — to take place at 52 Rue Crillon, 69006 Lyon — will be mainly presented in French.


17 September François Schneider and I will present a paper on housing for degrowth at a postgrowth preparatory seminar at Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels preceding the 18–19 September Post-Growth Conference arranged by members of the European Parliament from different political groups, various academics, NGOs and unions to take place in premises of the European Parliament. The aim is to influence the next European elections and the nomination of a new Commission so future policy focuses on measures to ensure genuine sustainability.


The 6th International Degrowth Conference took place in venues in and around Folkets Park, Malmö (Sweden), 21–25 August. On 23 August, 16:00-17:00 we co-editors presented and launched Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunitiesjoined by contributors Jin Xue, Natasha Verco, Pernilla Hagbert and Karl Krähmer who talked about their chapters. An outcome of the 5th International Degrowth Conference in Budapest our book with 25 contributors is now out in the Routledge Environmental Humanities series and we will have paperback for sale at a special price of 25 Euros.


A guest lecture on Radical Landscape Architecture referencing Mike Davis’s classic Ecology of Fear at 11am–noon, Thursday 16 August, at RMIT University Design Hub — Invited by landscape architecture lecturer Alban Mannisi  Great discussion with landscape architecture students and lecturers afterwards.



A two-day workshop on consecutive Sundays, 5 and 12 August, from 9.30am onwards, for all those interested in learning more about and developing an Australian environmental justice case study for the international online Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas). In the workshop, we will support you developing a case study that you will have time to complete. There are more than 2500 international case studies but only 17 are Australian so we want to boost our presence on the site. For more details and to book:


Talk on Small is Necessary at 11.30am at a one-day workshop Creating Self-Managing Communities organised by Cohousing Australia. Venue: Dream Factory at 90 Maribynong Road, Footscray. Different presentations, facilitated by Cohousing Australia, demystified concepts and participants worked through key questions associated with the process of creating a citizen-led, cohousing and/or self-managing community.



Can we make housing more affordable through design? panel 2–3.15pm at the Everybody’s Home 2018 Affordable Housing Conference at the Sydney Masonic Centre organised by Community Housing Industry Associations NSW and Homelessness NSW.

I will talk about the affordability of eco-collaborative housing alongside Chris Johnson (CEO, Urban Taskforce), Francesca Muskovic (Policy Manager—Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Property Council of Australia) and John Brogden (CEO, Landcom).


Small is Necessary book event organised by Castlemaine Library at the Phee Broadway Theatre, Mechanics Lane. Does small mean less? More than 150 people came to hear Anitra Nelson speak about different strategies for shared, eco-friendly living around the world. I discussed the positive social and economic benefits of small, co-operative living with another local, Mary-Faeth Chenery, who is a member of a group establishing a cohousing project in central Victoria, WinC — Older Women in Cohousing. 5.30–6.30pm. Free.


A Localising Leanganook community conversation — at 5pm on Sunday 17 June at the Ray Bradfield Room adjacent to Victory Park in Castlemaine — where I asked: Are housing for ‘degrowth’ and ‘eco-collaborative’ housing ways of the future? With reference to both Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet and the soon to be published collection I have co-edited with Francois Schneider, Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities, I discussed aspects of degrowth, housing for degrowth and eco-collaborative housing as ways of achieving more affordable, sustainable and community-based living.


Eco-Suburbia: Low Carbon Futures What will a future Melbourne look like? Panel session with renowned environmental designer and permaculture co-originator David Holmgren (RetroSuburbia), Professor Ralph Horne (Housing Sustainability in Low Carbon Cities) and Associate Professor Anitra Nelson (Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet) — chaired by Emeritus Professor Mike Berry — from the RMIT Centre for Urban Research. We discussed models and current policy and planning debates on Melbourne’s future.

5–7pm RMIT University Lecture Theatre (hundreds of seats but booked out fast) Building 80 Level 2 Room 7 — 445 Swanston St Melbourne, VIC 3000. See video record of event here —


This year Left Forum took place at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University Of New York, 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY, 10019, 1–3 June. At 10–11.50am, 2 June (Sat) in Rm 1.114, I joined urban sociologist Miguel Á. Martínez projected by Skype from Sweden and was with ecosocialist David Schwartzman in a panel with a room of participants discussing Housing Strategies and Post-Capitalism — how housing struggles and strategies can be critical for revolutionary change. More details here Download our Left Forum Housing Strategies and Post-Capitalism FlyerHS&PC–LF — and our Reading ListReadingListHousingStrategiesAndPost-CapitalismLeftForum2018