An interdisciplinary researcher in the social sciences — with specific interests in community-based sustainability, environmental justice, housing studies, and non-monetary futures — Anitra researches in the Center for Urban Research (School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne).
Her latest work is Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet (2018, Pluto Press, London). She co-edited Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and Practice, released May 2016 from Earthscan-Routledge, and Planning After Petroleum: Preparing Cities for the Age Beyond Oil, due out from Routldge NYC in October 2016. Co-editor of Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies (2011, Pluto Press, London), sole editor of Steering Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: Policy, Practice and Performance (2007, Ashgate, London) and sole author of Marx's Concept of Money: The God of Commodities (1999 Routledge).
Anitra gained an Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting (2001, RMIT), has won awards in North American film festivals for her short film, Mercury Stole My Fire (2005) and is currently making a series of short documentaries on campaigners for cases of Australian environmental injustices.