I work in the vibrant RMIT University Centre for Urban Research located in the busy global city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Themes of low impact living and grassroots democracy drive my recent work Small Is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet, which explores eco-collaborative housing and unsettles any confidence in relying simply on more compact cities to deliver more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. Small is not always more sustainable but, in fact, requires good design, modest consumption and sharing to ensure maximum social and environmental benefits.
In numbers of works I counter ‘the-future-is-the-city’ trend by arguing the benefits of compact and collectively sufficient decentralisation — such as in Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies cited in urbanist David Harvey’s Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (2014).
See Publications for a range of work from editing book collections, such as Planning After Petroleum: Preparing Cities for the Age Beyond Oil (2016), Sustainability Citizenship and Cities: Theory and Practice (2016), and Steering Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: Policy, Practice and Performance (2007/2016) to scholarly posts and journalism on significant urban issues for our everyday lives and futures, including:
- ‘Commoning: A future without property’ paper presented at the Whose Land Is It Anyway Symposium, RMIT University, Melbourne 14–16 November 2017
- ‘Taking what’s ours’, Overland (online, 21 October) re-posted at Progress in Political Economy (6 December) 2014;
- ‘An environmentally just city works best for all in the end‘, The Conversation 4 March 2016, reprinted in Property Observer, 9 March, and Domain,11 March 2016.
- ‘Art and money: Money and us‘, DanceHouse Diary #9 Special issue on Money, May/June 2016.
- ‘In defence of ecovillages: The communities that can teach the world to live sustainably‘, The Conversation, 26 August 2015.