Lecturer, RMIT University

James Rowe divides his time between teaching in the School of Global Studies, Social Science & Planning and as a Research Fellow with Centre for Applied Social Research. He has worked at RMIT in a research capacity since 2000 before joining the school in a teaching role in 2005. He received his doctorate from Monash University in 2000 after conducting a critical analysis of Victorian drug policy in which he argued against the continued politicisation (and consequent criminalisation) of what is essentially a health and welfare issue.

Since joining RMIT James’ research has had a largely qualitative focus. He believes that the experiences that we have as diverse and different members of the community emphasise our similarities rather than our differences. However, circumstances often beyond personal control lead to many members of the community being marginalised and losing their ‘voice’ – particularly when discussing policies and practices that directly affect their lives.

James is also a member of Amnesty International.


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    Lecturer, RMIT