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Natasha Chassagne

Adjunct Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology's Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Natasha Chassagne is a writer and researcher on sustainability, climate change and wellbeing issues. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne University and is currently writing a book titled 'Buen Vivir as an Alternative to Sustainable Development: Lessons from Ecuador', to be published by Routledge in November 2020. Natasha recently completed a PhD investigating Buen Vivir as an Alternative to Sustainable Development at Swinburne University's Centre for Social Impact.

Natasha's PhD research looked at the viability and transferability of Latin American concept Buen Vivir (Good Living) as an alternative, community-led approach to achieving long-term sustainability and wellbeing. Buen Vivir is a holistic, biocentric concept whereby based on the philosophy of living in harmony with nature. The research involved ethnographic fieldwork in Ecuador to develop a practical framework for Buen Vivir

Previously Natasha worked as a Sustainability Consultant in Melbourne working with corporations, government agencies and non-profits on their sustainability impacts particularly reporting. She has written for academic journals, newspapers, magazines, and online media.

Dr Chassagne holds an undergraduate with Honours in International Studies from the University of South Australia and a Master's in International Law & International Relations from the University of New South Wales. She has also worked in international trade and public affairs.

• Book: ‘Buen Vivir as an Alternative to Sustainable Development: Lessons from Ecuador’, Routledge, November 2020.
• Book chapter: 'Buen Vivir: A guide for socialising the tourism commons in a post-COVID-19 era', in 'Socialising Tourism: Rethinking Tourism for Social and Ecological Justice', edited volume, Routledge 2021.
• Book chapter: ‘Tourism and Degrowth: Towards a Truly Sustainable Tourism’, edited volume, Routledge, 2020.
• ‘Buen Vivir: Degrowing extractivism and growing wellbeing through sustainable tourism’, special issue Journal of Sustainable Tourism, volume 27, issue 12, pp. 1909-1925.
• ‘We Can Ditch Plastic, One Nudge at a Time’, Talking Point, The Mercury, 22 March 2019
• ‘Sustaining the “Good Life”: Buen Vivir as an alternative to sustainable development.’ (2019) Community Development Journal, Volume 54, Issue 3, July 2019, pp. 482–500,
• ‘Finding our Voice in a Community at a Crossroads’, Talking Point, The Mercury, 19 January 2018
• ‘People Create the Climate for the Good Life’, Talking Point, The Mercury, 23 November 2016
• ‘Money, Wealth and the Pursuit of Happiness’, Talking Point, The Mercury, 2 April 2016
• Regionalism in a Globalised World? Infinity Journal (2009), 1 (5).
• The State of CSR in Australia 2010-11 Annual Review and Insight Series (co-author), ACCSR, Melbourne.
• Insider Knowledge Report: Lessons Learned from Corporate Environmental Sustainability and Energy Decision-Makers (2011), p.11.
• Sustainability Reports (publicly available): LGL 2009; Pacific Hydro 2010; AustralianSuper 2010; Xstrata Coal Australia 2010; ACCSR 2009; CPA Australia 2010.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, University of Tasmania


  • 2009 
    University of New South Wales, Master's in International Law & International Relations


  • 2018
    Sustaining the ‘Good Life’: Buen Vivir as an alternative to sustainable development, Community Development Journal