Anitra Nelson

Membership:  2016/2017

Member Bio

Associate Professor Anitra Nelson (Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia) has taught undergraduates and postgraduates and pursued research on community-based environmental sustainability, housing, urban studies, and socialism. Her postdoctoral research focused on the conflict between environmental and monetary values in East Gippsland forests (Victoria). Current research includes Australian environmental (in)justice (an RMIT partnership project with Friends of the Earth Australia) associated with the global EJAtlas. Her doctoral thesis was published by Routledge (1999). She has edited Steering Sustainability in an Urbanising World: Policy Practice and Performance (Ashgate, 2007) and coedited Planning after Petroleum: Preparing Cities for the Age Beyond Oil (Routledge, 2016), Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2016), and Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies (Pluto Press, 2011). During her fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center she will complete writing Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet (London: Pluto Press, forthcoming).


  • with Jago Dodson and Neil Sipe, eds. Planning After Petroleum: Preparing Cities for the Age Beyond Oil. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • “The Praxis of Sustainability Citizenship.” In Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and Practice, edited by Ralph Horne, John Fein, Beau B. Beza, and Anitra Nelson, 17–28. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • with Frans Timmerman, eds. Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies. London: Pluto Press, 2011. Korean trans. Paju, South Korea: Booksea, 2014.
  • Nelson, Anitra, ed. Steering Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: Policy, Practice, and Performance. Ashgate: Aldershot, 2007.
  • “Two Models of Residential Conservation: Communal Life in an Australian Box Ironbark Forest.” International Journal of Heritage Studies 7, no. 3 (2001): 249–72.
  • “Aboriginal Practices in East Gippsland Forests Pre-contact.” In Australia’s Ever-Changing Forests IV: Proceedings of the IV National Conference on Australian Forest History, edited by J. Dargavel and B. Libbis, 5–16. Canberra: Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University, 1999.