BSAg, M.A., PhD
Adjunct staff, Griffith School of Environment
I am a world leader in researching intentional communities of all sorts, contemporary and historical. I have published seven books, in Australia, USA, Germany and UK, in this area.
I am also an experienced social history researcher, and have written numerous historical accounts, including a book about the history of Environmental Sciences at Griffith University entitled, The Evolution of Environmental Sciences (1996).
As an Adjunct Lecturer, I have no regular teaching duties, but usually have some input each year into our Research methods course.
- The Findhorn Book of Community Living, Forres, U.K.: Findhorn Press, 2004.
- Herrnhut: Australia's First Utopian Commune, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002 (with E. Huf).
- The Gayndah Communes, Rockhampton: Central Queensland University Press, 1998.
- Evolution of Environmental Sciences, Nathan: ENS, Griffith University, 1996.
- Shared Visions, Shared Lives: Communal Living Around the Globe, Forres, UK: Findhorn Press, 1996.
- From Utopian Dreaming to Communal Reality: Cooperative Lifestyles in Australia, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 1995.
Recent Book Chapters in Edited Book
- Intentional Communities - Simple Living?’, in S. Alexander and A. McLeod (eds), Simple Living in History, Melbourne: Simplicity Institute Publishing, 2014 (in press).
- The Communal Idea/Ideal in 21st Century Australia and New Zealand’, in E. Ben-Rafael, Y. Oved and M. Topel (eds), The Communal Idea in the 21st Century, Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2012, pp. 189 - 204.
- International Perspectives, in S. Bunker, C. Coates and J. How (eds), Diggers and Dreamers, London: D&D Publications, 2007, pp. 41-7.
- Money, Property and Accountability in Intentional Communities, in V. Peters & M. Stengel (eds), Eurotopia: Intentional Communities and Ecovillages in Europe, Poppau (Germany): Eurotopia-Verzeichnis, 2005, pp. 34-8.
Recent Articles in Encyclopedia
- Australian Utopian Communalism, in I. Ness (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2009, pp. 346-50.
- Communities, intentional (alternative), in Jenny Gregory and Jan Gothard (eds), Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia, Crawley, UWA Press, 2009, pp. 221-2
- Intentional (or Alternative) Communities in Western Australia in Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia, J. Gregory and J. Gothard (eds), Crawley: University of Western Australia Press, 2008.
- Intentional Communities in Goethals, G., Sorenson, G. & Burns, J. (Eds), Encyclopedia of Leadership, (vol. 2) Thousand Oaks, USA: Sage, 2004, pp. 735-40 (with D. Christian).
- Intentional Communities in Australia and New Zealand in K. Christensen and D. Levinson, et. al. (Eds) The Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World, Thousand Oaks, USA: Sage, 2003) pp. 705-12.
Recent Scholarly Articles in Refereed Journals
- Alice River: Queensland’s First Commune, in Queensland History Journal, vol. 22, no. 5, 2014, pp. 357-74.
- Single-Sex, Secular Intentional Communities in Australia, in Communal Societies, vol. 32, no. 2, 2012, pp. 146-78.
- South Brisbane’s Cultural Hub, From South Brisbane Post and Telegraph to Griffith Film School’, Queensland Review, vol. 19, no. 2, 2012, pp. 217-233.
- South Brisbane Memorial Park: But a Memorial to What? Queensland Review, vol. 18, no. 1, 2011, pp. 54-72.
- Woolloongabba Exemplars Commune, Queensland History Journal, (with R. Kerr and I. Christie) vol. 21, no. 5, 2011, pp. 319-35.
- Utopian Fraud: the Marquis de Rays and La Nouvelle-France, Utopian Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, 2011, pp. 104-24.
- The Encyclopedia of Australian Utopian Communalism, Arena, 31, 2008, pp. 47-61.
- The Fall and Rise of an Antipodean Utopia: Brisbane, Australia, Utopian Studies, vol. 19, no. 2, 2008, pp. 189-212.