Economising the Economy

Economising the Economy

  • 15 September 2022, 5.30–7.30pm
  • Siteworks
    33 Saxon St,
    Brunswick VIC 3056

    and online

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There is a pressing need to reframe and restructure market-based economies to respond to manifold social and economic challenges including the rise of job informality, deindustrialization, and decarbonization, among others. This session will explore alternative economic models and spaces that rethink what our economy will look like in a post-capitalist world and discuss the implications for the future material and social fabric of cities.

This event has been co-organised with the Alliance for Praxis Research (APR)


Anitra Nelson. Associate Professor and Honorary Principal Fellow at University of Melbourne. Anitra is an activist-scholar interested in post-capitalism and non-monetary economies. Her academic research centres on responding to the global environmental cries, sustainable and affordable housing, social and solidarity economies, community-based participatory environmental management, Marxian monetary theory and non-market socialism.

Zheng Chin. Practising radical/insurgent planner and PhD candidate (Monash University). President of The Bike Shed. The Bike Shed is a community organisation with the goal of empowering people and communities to be more self-sufficient.

Mish Eisen. Architect, exhibition designer and founder of NFP initiatives. Currently Project Manager for Renew Fitzroy Street - a national social enterprise designed to catalyse community renewal and economic development across Australia working with the arts, creative industries and start-up enterprises.

Millie Cattlin and Joseph Norster. Co-directors of These Are The Projects We Do Together.  Currently working across three project-sites - Testing Grounds is a State Government creative infrastructure and urban renewal project in Southbank Arts Precinct. Siteworks is a Local Government community and creative development site in Brunswick. The Quarry is a sandstone quarry in Victoria’s Otway Ranges, undergoing rehabilitation and purchased by the practice as a large-scale multi-generational research, art, design and education site.


Nicolas Guerra-Tao. PhD candidate at Monash University and co-founder of The Alliance for Praxis Research. A young scholar with practical experience, intrigued by cities, their people, and complexities. My curiosity lies in understanding how invisible interactions and the (co)existence of diverse bodies in public spaces can make people reflect, perceive, feel and experience urbanicity.

Zheng Chin. Practising radical/insurgent planner, PhD candidate at Monash University and co-founder of The Alliance for Praxis Research. My activism/research is focused on understanding how community organising and social movements can act as a catalyst for greater self-determination, emancipation, and social change.

The Alliance for Praxis Research. A collective formed by HDRs from Monash University and RMIT University with backgrounds in anthropology, heritage, design, urban planning, environmental studies, among others. The alliance between disciplines, institutions and practices creates spaces and encounters for social change and expansion of knowledge.

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Melbourne: 12 - 17 September 2022
Sydney: 19 - 23 September 2022

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