Economic diversity and ethical economies

Jenny Cameron, Katherine Gibson (University of Western Sydney), Stephen Healy (Worcester State University, Massachusetts)

This project explores the ways that people across the globe are taking back the economy to make it work for people and the planet. It is documenting the diversity of existing economic initiatives; analysing the ethical commitments that underpin these initiatives and developing a series of tools for groups to use to develop their own people and planet centred economic initiatives.


Local Responses to Climate Change: using the diverse economy to meet energy needs, Jarra Hicks (2009).
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Gibson-Graham J.K. and Cameron J (2010) Community enterprises: Imagining and enacting alternatives to capitalism, Urban Planning International, Special Issue on Spatial Planning from the Perspective of Post-structuralism, 25(5) 40-43, Translated into Chinese. (originally published in 2007, in Social Alternatives, Special Issue on Counter Alternatives, 26(1) 20-25).

Cameron J (2009) 'Experimenting with economic possibilities: Ethical economic decision-making in two Australian community enterprises', in A Amin (Ed) The Social Economy: International Perspectives on Economic Solidarity. London: Zed Press, 92-115.

Presentations Include

Cameron J (2011) Take back the economy, Hampden Public Lecture, Hampden, New Zealand, June

Cameron J (2011) Negotiating interdependence and building community economies, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Wollongong, July

Cameron J (2011) Enacting ethical commitments through economic practices, Association of American Geographers Conference, Seattle, U.S.A, April

Cameron J (2008) Building viable social enterprises, 2008 Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts Online Program, Boston, MA

Cameron J (2008) The contribution of community enterprises to the development of regions, Keynote Presentation, Australian Regional Economy Conference, Central Coast.
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Cameron J (2007) Teaching a politics of hope and possibility, Keynote Address, Social Sciences Teachers Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. 
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Community Resources

Cameron, J, Gardner, C and Veenhuyzen, J (2010) Social Accounting: A Practical Guide for Small Community Organisations and Enterprises, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of Newcastle, (38 pages). 
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