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Fred Gale is a Professor in Politics and International Relations, in the School of Social Sciences. His research focuses on rethinking the discipline of political economy from a sustainability perspective and working through its implications for trade, investment, finance, labour and cultural practices. His new book setting out these ideas The Political Economy of Sustainability, has just been published with Edward Elgar and is available at the below link. He has also undertaken investigations into local, national and global private governance systems, especially those using multistakeholder approaches to develop social and environmental standards. His sectoral expertise is in forestry, fisheries, egg certification, and labelling systems. He is also researching the political economy of sustainable food production and consumption in Tasmania and Australia focusing on the organic wine sector.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, University of Tasmania


  • 1996 
    Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, PhD
  • 1987 
    Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, MA in International Development
  • 1980 
    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, MA
  • 1976 
    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, BA (Resp)