James Arvanitakis

Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at University of Western Sydney

Professor James Arvanitakis is a lecturer in the Humanities at the University of Western Sydney and is a member of the University's Institute for Culture and Society. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Policy Development.

In 2012, James was awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's University Teacher of the Year Award, and is currently the lead researcher for an Australian Research Centre Discovery Grant studying the changing nature of citizenship. His latest book, Contemporary Society: A sociological analysis of everyday life, was launched with Oxford University Press in February 2009 which gave rise to 'socio-logic' on FBI Radio (94.5fm).

His research areas include hope, trust, political theatre, piracy and citizenship. He has a background in finance and banking before working as a human rights activist throughout the Pacific, Indonesia and Europe. He blogs at www.jamesarvanitakis.net


  • –present
    Professor in Cultural Studies, James Arvanitakis


  • 2006 
    UNSW, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Heterogenous nature of citizenship and young people
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Cultural Studies (2002)
  • Sociology (1608)
  • Anthropology (1601)

Contact James for

  • General
  • Media request
  • Speaking request
  • Consulting / Advising
  • Research collaboration
  • Research supervision