I am a writer and researcher in sustainability and wellbeing, based in Hobart, Tasmania. I specialise in holistic visions for sustainability and wellbeing, in particular a Latin American concept called Buen Vivir (the Good Life).
With my other hats, I hold an Adjunct Research Fellow position at Swinburne University’s Centre for Social Impact, and I have recently joined the esteemed panel of systems change experts on the advisory panel of the Systems Change Alliance*.
I hold a PhD in Law and Business from Swinburne University’s Centre for Social Impact. My PhD research was focused on how we can implement Buen Vivir and has led me to develop a framework for community-led sustainability and wellbeing. I also hold a Master’s in International Law and International Relations from the University of New South Wales; Bachelors and Honours degrees in International Studies (sub-major in communications); and, a Diploma in Freelance Journalism from the Australian College of Journalism.
Before embarking on a PhD, I worked as a sustainability consultant in Melbourne, and in Marketing, public relations and communications in international trade and public affairs in Sydney.
I have always had a passion for environmental and social issues, but it wasn’t until I was working as a sustainability consultant that I began to become disenfranchised with how the same story was being told over and over. There was very little substantial change. At that time I had decided to do some volunteering in South America, and ended up spending a few months in the cloud forests of Ecuador, where I came across this concept of Buen Vivir. It intrigued me as a possible solution to the way sustainability was being approached, but it seemed vague. Wanting to find out if Buen Vivir could be a viable alternative to the current way of looking at the world, my research journey began.
My other passion – writing – has been with me since I was a child. Now I’m enjoying combining my passions to write and research on vital environmental and social issues that involve us all.
The policy framework I have developed on Buen Vivir and its related community principles stemming from intensive community and academic research is laid out in my book. If you are interested in how this could be implemented in your community or local government, please contact me.
I am always open to discussion consulting, education, collaboration or publication opportunities. Please get in touch with me here.
*All of the views, writing and research on this website are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of either of these organisations unless stated.