I am a sociologist at the Centre for Global Research at RMIT University.
I also serve as a Oceania Regional editor of Interface: a journal for and about social movements.
My doctoral thesis research focuses on three social movements; the Climate Justice Movement which I’ve written about here, the Podemos Movement-Party which I’ve written about here and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Using a mixed-methods approach I seek to demonstrate some of the outcomes of each movement in the wake of a major mobilisation (surrounding a UN summit or an election campaign). Based on these more empirical findings, I seek to resituate social movements in their wider political economy context and suggest ways in which these three global movements (and their opponents) have shaped the decline of Neoliberalism. A presentation I gave on this topic can be found here.
I’m especially interested in those political spaces between formal and informal political action; how do movements shape representative politics? And how can movements institutionalise and formalise their collective power without becoming co-opted or de-mobilized? For anyone interested in reading further into my thesis’ topic, ‘The end of representative politics‘ by Simon Tormey and ‘Crowds and Party‘ by Jodi Dean are important influences on my research in this regard.
In addition to writing my PhD thesis at RMIT, I have experience tutoring and guest lecturing in a range of social science subjects at RMIT and Monash University; Global Political Economy, Global Processes, Global Governance and International Law, International Development: Power and Poverty in a Globalising World, Criminological Theory etc.