Version 3.2_September 2016

Speaker: Anitra Nelson


Anitra Nelson is a scholar-activist who advocates degrowth. Associate Professor at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia), her research focuses on community-based sustainability, environmental justice, housing affordability and the case for non-monetary futures. Sole editor of Steering Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: Policy, Practice and Performance (2007), co-editor of Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies (2011), Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and Practice (2016), and Planning After Petroleum: Building Cities for the Age Beyond Oil (2016), she is currently writing Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet (2017).

Anitra Nelson has lived in two Australian residential cooperatives and stayed in, and studied, two US intentional communities — experiences that informed her thinking about degrowth and non-market futures. In another life-changing experience — due to severe chemical sensitivities — she lived remotely for almost one decade in extreme simplicity (the basis of her award-winning short film, Mercury Stole My Fire). You can read more about and/or download publications from