The Alternative Futures project promotes he University of Newcastle through an affiliation with an active international network (Common Alternatives) and the Alternative Futures Symposium. The members of the network regularly cooperate with one another in exchanging data, writing grant applications, systemic research, presentations and discussions of their works through online forum, and co-authorship. Of the network’s members and associates, four are Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).

Principal Investigators

Dr S. A. Hamed Hosseini

Leader of AFRN, Convener of AFRHub, Founder of The Well-Living Lab Projects, Chief Investigator of "Reimagining Quality of Life" Project

S. A. Hamed Hosseini, PhD in "Sociology and Global Studies" from the Australian National University (ANU), is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology and the first Cluster Leader of “Societies, Cultures and Human Services” (School of Humanities and Social Sciences), Lead CI of The Alternative Futures Network, chief editor of The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies, and the co-founder and chief editor of Common Alternatives website. As a political and economic sociologist, Hosseini's main field of research is shaped around the studies of Alternative Futures beyond Carbon / Capital / Growth (post-capitalist policy development and Eco-Commonism) as well as the sociological and social Psychological understanding of Closed/Open mindedness, Right Wing Populism and New Authoritarianisms in 21st century.

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Associate Professor Penny Buykx

Principal Investigator in "Reimagining Quality of Life" Project. Member of The Well-Living Lab

A/Prof. Buykx is a highly experienced and proficient researcher with expertise in public health policy and health systems research. She has a record of successful delivery of research projects in Australia and the UK, including research involving hard-to-reach populations, health service evaluations and systematic reviews. To date, She has over $9 million grant and consultancy income and over 70 peer-review publications, including over 25 in the past 5 years, with a further 8 currently under review (Google Scholar h-index =24). She is a creative and productive mixed methodologist with expertise in developing and implementing primary research projects and data collection and analysis methods. She has experience in partnering with key advocacy organisations and consumer representative groups to deliver high quality, policy-relevant research.

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Associate Professor Daniela Heil

Principal Investigator in "Reimagining Quality of Life" Project, Member of The Well-Living Lab

Daniela Heil, PhD in Anthropology from the University of Sydney (2004), is Associate Professor at UON. She has conducted anthropological, participant observation fieldwork and research in Indigenous Australia (since 1997: NSW; Western Australia; Northern Territory, and the Torres Straits); and with German biological parents who have worked with surrogacy services in Ukraine (since 2006). Daniela’s anthropological research expertise has continued to be in qualitative research, with additional semi-structured interviews for the purpose of adding qualitative data, insights, and analysis when expected by research participants and, thus, essential.

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Associate Professor Kate Senior

Collaborative Research Committee Member of AFRHub

Kate Senior is a medical anthropologist with extensive (20 years+) experience working with people in remote Aboriginal communities. Her work focuses on how people live and understand health and well being and the barriers they face when accessing health services. Recently Kate's research has focussed on the health and well being of Indigenous adolescents and in 2012 Kate was awarded an Australain Research Council Future Fellowship to explore young people's lived experiences of the social determinants of Health.

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Professor Duncan McDuie-Ra

Member of the Advisory Council of AFRHub

Prof. McDuie-Ra’s research focuses is on 'emerging urban forms': towns, cities and industrial zones undergoing rapid growth or slated for new interventions, especially digital and networked infrastructure.  Most of his research has been in South Asia, particularly the borderlands of Northeast India, with collaborative work in other contexts. He has also worked on race and ethnicity in South Asia, frontiers, concrete, migration (especially youth migration from the borderlands) extractive industries and communities, intellectual property and urban space, and various other inter-connected themes.

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Dr Chris Krogh

Principal Investigator in "Reimagining Quality of Life" Project, Collaborative Research Committee Member of AFRHub

Chris Krogh, PhD. in social science and social work from Western Sydney University, conferred in 2017, is currently a lecturer in Human Services in HASS. Chris has a particular focus on wellbeing for people within their interpersonal relationships as well as within their communities. The focus on relationships has lead Chris to be involved in research projects such as the Name, Narrate, Navigate project (led by Dr. Tamara Blakemore), and contributing to student wellbeing on campus through involvement in the Sex, Safety, Respect program at UON. Interest in wellbeing within communities is expressed through the Gosford CBD Project which is tracking people’s views about changes to Gosford city centre and the degree to which these changes lead to a ‘life people have reason to value’.

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Dr Sara Motta

Engagement and Impact (EI) Committee Member of AFRHub

Dr Motta’s is a mother, critical theorist, popular educator and poet whose works seeks to disrupt the borders and boundaries between university and community, theory and practice and education and life to co-produce a politics of knowledge that contributes to our emancipatory dreams for the 21st Century. She has published widely in academic and activist journals and is editor and co-founder of Interface: a journal for and about social movements. Her latest book is ‘Constructing 21st Century Socialism in Latin America: The Role of Radical Education’ (Palgrave Macmillan). Her next book a decolonial feminist/feminised non-manifesto of liberation ‘Liminal Subjects” Weaving (Our) Liberations’ will be published by Rowman and Littlefield in late 2018.

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Professor Simon Springer

Collaborative Research Committee Member of AFRHub

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Associate Professor Nancy Cushing

Associate Professor Cushing is an established researcher working across two fields, the history of Newcastle and Australian environmental history, especially human-animal relations. Since 1995. She has been one of the very few scholarly historians publishing books and articles on the history of Newcastle and insisting on the need for the city to be considered in constructing the national narrative. Her work on air pollution in Newcastle provided the first comprehensive study of the identification of air pollution as an urban problem and community responses to it in Australia. This scholarship has shown the transnational approach adopted by anti-air pollution activists and the role of science in arming them with the evidence needed to achieve government intervention.

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Emeritus Professor William Mitchell

Emeritus Professor William Mitchell holds the Chair in Economics and is the Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), an official research centre at the University of Newcastle. He is also on the board of CofFEE-Europe. Mitchell works to promote active government economic policies and the use of budget deficits as a tool for economic productivity. Professor Mitchell has contributed to his fields of specialty by extending and drawing on Markov-switching models of job creation and job destruction, Buffer Stock Employment models, the Job Guarantee, Costs of Unemployment, Phillips curve studies, Capital adequacy in banking, public policy, Large-scale macroeconometric modelling, Regional models of unemployment and Spatial Econometrics.

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Professor Martin Watts

Martin Watts is a Professor of Economics and Fellow of Center for Full Employment and Equity at UON. Over Prof Watts’ career, he has established a record of research in macroeconomics and labour economics, with the majority of publications in Australian journals, including the Journal of Industrial Relations, Labour and Industry, Australian Bulletin of Labour, Australian Economic Papers, Australian Journal of Social Issues and the Australian Economic Review. Over this period, Dr. Watts established an international reputation for his research into the measurement of segregation and the empirical analysis of segregation trends.

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Professor Emerita Verity Burgmann

Verity Nancy Burgmann FASSA is Adjunct Professor of Politics in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University and Honorary Professorial Fellow in the eScholarship Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, where she is Director of the Reason in Revolt website. Burgmann's research interests are international labour movement responses to globalization, radical political ideologies, contemporary protest movements, environmental politics, anti-globalization and anti-corporate politics, and Australian labour history. She has established a significant reputation both as a labour historian and as a political scientist of social movements and social change.

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Associate Professor James Goodman

James Goodman is an Associate Professor in the Social and Political Change Group of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney. James Goodman conducts research into socio-political change and climate justice. His focus on global political change was maintained through a second ARC Discovery project, ‘Mapping Justice Globalism’, which investigated ideas and alternatives emerging from successive years of debate at the World Social Forum. His work addresses these issues at the nexus between international relations and international sociology, with a particular interest in environmental sociology.

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Professor Barry Gills

Barry K Gills is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and the founding editor of Globalizations journal, and Routledge’s Rethinking Globalizations book series. He is the author of A Perfect World: The Myth of Cosmopolis in Global History (2016), and the co-author (with the late Andre´ Gunder Frank) of The World System: Five Hundred Years or Five Thousand? (1993). He has co-edited numerous books, including Globalization and Global Politics of Justice (2013), The Global Politics of Globalization: Empire vs. Cosmopolis (2013), People Power in the Era of Global Crisis (2013), and Globalization in Crisis (2011).

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Associate Investigators

Professor Gar Alperovitz
Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA; Cofounder of Next System Project based in the US:

Ms Ann Apps
Lecturer in Newcastle Law School, expert in Contract Law, Law of Business Organisations, and 'Co-operative Law and Governance

Associate Professor Hans A Baer
Associate Professor in Health Anthropologist and Expert in Democratic Eco-Socialism, University of Melbourne

Dr Karen Buckley
Hallsworth Research Fellow, The University of Manchester Institute for Development Policy and Management, UK

Associate Professor Jenny Cameron

Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies (Expert in Community Economy)

Professor William Carroll
Professor of Sociology. Department of Sociology, University of Victoria, Canada

Professor Catharine Coleborne
Head of School, Professor of History, (CI in Global Newcastle Network)

Professor Emerita Raewyn Connell
Professor in Sociology, University of Sydney and ASSA Fellow

Professor Richard Denniss
Professor in Economic Policy; Chief Economist at Australia Institute, ANU

Dr Sidsel Grimstad
Lecturer in Newcastle Business School and expert in environmental sustainability

Associate Professor Tom Griffiths
Professor of Education, program leader of the Comparative and International Education Group University of Newcastle (CIEGUN)

Dr Stephen Healy
Lecture and Researcher in Cooperative and Regional Developments, Western Sydney University; fellow of Institute for Culture and Society

Dr Elizabeth Humphrys
Lecturer in Political Sociology, University of Technology, Sydney; editor of Interface: a journal for and about social movements

Dr James Juniper
Lecturer in Economics and expert in Modern Money and Post-Keynesian environmental economics

Mr Steven Liaros
PhD candidate in Political Economy at University of Sydney and co-founder of PolisPlan (town planning consultancy); Author of ‘Rethinking the City’

Ms Miriam Lyons
Environmental Justice Campaign Director at Getup; Policy Analyst and commentator; GetUp

Dr Thomas Muhr
Senior Researcher and Honorary Associate Professor, Habib University, Karachi; Centre for International Education Research, University of Nottingham

Professor Heikki Patomaki
Professor of Political and Economic Studies; Department of Political and Economic Studies; The University of Helsinki

Associate Professor Stuart Rosewarne
Associate Professor in Political Economy; University of Sydney

Associate Professor Ariel Salleh
Associate Professor in Political Economy; University of Sydney

Dr Eugene Schofield-Georgeson
Lecturer in Industrial Relations Law; University of Technology, Sydney

Dr Jim Stanford
Economist and Director; Centre for Future Work

Professor Frank Stilwell
Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, (ASSA Fellow); University of Sydney

Professor Teivo Teivainen
Professor of Political Sciences, Department of Political and Economic Studies; The University of Helsinki

Dr Caroline Veldhuizen
Conjoint Lecturer in Environmental Sustainability; The University of Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.