Alternative Futures and Regional Prospects Research Network

Conferences and Events


UON-FEDUA Alternative Futures Research Hub invites you to attend the following seminar and masterclass:

Smart Cities of More-Than-Human Futures

Professor Marcus Foth

Queensland University of Technology

Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 10am – 2pm incl. lunch-break,

HC02, Hunter Building, Callaghan Campus, The University of Newcastle

Register via Eventbrite

Read more about this event here: Smart Cities of More-Than-Human Futures (Seminar and Masterclass at UON)

Recent Events

Future societies and new economies joint workshop: establishing a community-partnered participatory research hub

Date: 23 July one day workshop

Venue: Lambert Lounge – Shortland Building, Callaghan Campus

FEDUA’s Alternative Futures Research Network (AFRN), together with its community partner NENA (New Economy Network Australia cooperative), will organize a one-day workshop, bringing the academic members of the network and NENA’s director (Dr Michelle Maloney) together, to take the very first step in executing the MOU signed between the two parties.

The workshop will include the activities necessary for the implementation of the MOU’s signed between UON and NENA, i.e. establishing a “Research Hub based at the UON with the purpose of developing and conducting joint research projects.  The planned activities will include  the following:

  1. Identify the main research themes of the Hub, according to NENA’s immediate and longer-term needs and interests, as our potential end-user/partner-organization, as well as the research interest of the AFRN;
  2. Discuss and establish the Hub’s general research agenda; discuss and agree on details (including exploring the most effective ways of articulating research project ideas, appropriate methodologies, and conceptual frameworks) and outline a framework/platform for practical collaboration between the two parties.
  3. Discuss the organizational management of the Hub including deciding the name of the hub and defining roles and responsibilities.

Attendance by invitation. For more information please contact: Dr S A Hamed Hosseini

Newcastle Workshop 2019

Strengthening Our Local Economy, Supporting Community and Country

A New Economy Workshop and “Mapjam” - Saturday 13 July, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Charlestown Library (Corner Smith and Ridley St, Charlestown NSW 2290)

This workshop will bring together community groups, local businesses, social enterprises, cooperatives and researchers in sectors as diverse as tourism, food production, the arts, Indigenous business, renewable energy, health care, housing, and land restoration/management. It will feature visitors and guest speakers who will share updates about exciting new initiatives around Australia and the world.

There will also be open-mic discussions and a ‘Mapjam’ exercise, where everyone who’s engaged in the new economy can promote themselves on NENA’s Directory and become part of the mapping project aimed at helping people find each other and collaborate locally, regionally and across Australia.


Past Events


Alternative Futures and Regional Prospects Symposium Working across Differences, beyond Carbon, Capital, and Commodity

22 - 23 November 2018

Venue: UTS City Campus, Building 8 , Level 5 – Room 2 (CB08.05.002):14-28 Ultimo Rd, Ultimo NSW 2007

Organizers: The University of Newcastle Alternative Futures Network, University of Technology Sydney, Common Alternatives Network

No Registration Fee but due to limited space please RSVP indicating day/s attending to by 15 November 2018

Full Symposium Program and Abstracts

A two-day symposium including roundtable discussions, to cross-fertilize between several game-changing communal responses, pioneering workable policy platforms and ‘real/concrete utopian’ visions in the current era of economic uncertainties.

The post-mining boom era has already started, and it has posed serious challenges to the Australian economy in general and to the Hunter region communities in particular. Among the most important challenges commonly acknowledged by the entrepreneurs, small business owners and workers in the region are: prospects of rising under/un- employment especially among the youth, environmental degradations, unconstructive competitions, wage stagnation, decline in property investment and water management issues. New insights and leadership are needed for a future after coal. Prospective trajectories of change in future should be predicted. Alternatives and solutions to such challenges, instead of short-term remedies, need to be envisioned by drawing on careful analysis of the roots of today’s challenges and changes. Many lessens can be learnt from projects and experiences that have already gained momentum in other places across the world.

This symposium brings together a number of leading inter/national activists, scholars, policy advocates, and research institutes from a broad range of disciplines and ideological backgrounds into a close conversation around multiple alternative modes of livelihood, governance, and sociability that function beyond the mainstream free market structure. We hope this will promote cross-fertilization and thereby collaboration among these agents of progressive change.

The event is part of a broader project that attempts to lay the comparative foundations for assessing alternatives to capitalism, and for analyzing ‘post-neoliberal futures’. The project will offer integrative analyses of post-neoliberal, post-capital, and post-carbon modes of livelihood, focusing on new variants of pluralist Commonwealth, Community Economy, Post-Keynesian reforms, Circular Economy, Post-Patriarchal Southern Experiences, Eco-feminism, Economic Democracy, Eco-Commonism etc. Moreover, we intend to examine the capacities of the existing initiatives (both academic and communal) to ‘traverse’ their differences and engage collaboratively to produce meaningful and comprehensive answers to the current ‘global challenges’ experienced in our regions. We ultimately aim to produce publicly-engaged and timely policy insights into the effectiveness of these initiatives and their capacity to address global crises and to rival right wing populism.

For more information please contact:

Symposium Chief Organizer

Dr. S. A. Hamed Hosseini
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan NSW 2308
Phone: +61 2 4921 5878
fax: +61  2 4921 6933

For more recent events and activities:

Please visit Common Alternatives Events