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Research fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne

Dr Samuel Alexander is a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne, teaching a course called ‘Consumerism and the Growth Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ in the Master of Environment. He is also a research fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and co-director of the Simplicity Institute.

He has published 13 books, including 'Degrowth in the Suburbs: A Radical Urban Imaginary' (co-authored with Brendan Gleeson) and 'Carbon Civilisation and the Energy Descent Future' (co-authored with Josh Floyd). He has published three books of collected essays, 'Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits' (Vol I); 'Sufficiency Economy: Enough, for Everyone, Forever' (Vol II); and 'Wild Democracy: Degrowth, Permaculture, and the Simpler Way' (Vol III). His other books include 'Art Against Empire: Toward an Aesthetics of Degrowth'; 'Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future', 'Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation', and 'Voluntary Simplicity: The Poetic Alternative to Consumer Culture.'

Most of his writing is available here:


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    Research fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne
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    Lecturer, University of Melbourne