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Books, Reports & Monographs

Art Against Empire: Toward an Aesthetics of Degrowth

By Samuel Alexander
A curation of over 170 ‘culture jamming’ works of art that challenge consumerism, the growth economy, and postmodern relationships to technology.

Urban Sustainability Transitions: Australian Cases

Edited by Brendan Gleeson, Trivess Moore, Ralph Horne and Fjalar de Haan
Highlights theories, policies, case studies and discussions relating to purposive urban sustainability transitions.

Degrowth as an 'Aesthetics of Existence'

By Samuel Alexander
Examines the role of art and aesthetic interventions in driving social, environmental, and political change in relation to the emerging ‘degrowth’ movement.

Community attitudes towards reporting bushfire arson to Crime Stoppers Victoria 2012-2015

By Janet Stanley and Paul Read
A longitudinal study, reporting on how arson may differ according to both the socio-economic characteristics of regions and the personal experience of crime.

Urban Sustainbility Transitions

Edited by Niki Frantzeskaki, Vanesa Castán Broto, Lars Coenen, Derk Loorbach
New insights into how sustainability transitions unfold in different types of cities across the world and explores possible strategies for governing urban transitions.

How Great Cities Happen: Integrating People, Land Use and Transport

By Janet Stanley, John Stanley and Roslynne Hansen
Developing a wider, all-encompassing agenda for more productive, inclusive and sustainable cities.


Edited by Guy Abrahams, Bronwyn Johnson and Kelly Gellatly. Supported by MSSI
Features the work of Australian and international artists to explore the power of art to communicate climate change...

Imagining the Future: Griffith Review Edition 52 

Edited by Brendan Gleeson and Julianne Schultz
Features original writing by two Nobel laureates, Al Gore and Peter Doherty, as well as Tim Flannery, Ashley Hay, Glyn Davis and more...

Prosperous Descent 

By Samuel Alexander, Research Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
Calling for a sufficiency-based culture of 'simple living' to underpin a macroeconomic framework of 'degrowth'...

Appetite for Change

By the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
Global warming impacts on food and farming regions in Australia...

Planet to Plate

By Earth Hour, with science contributions from the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
This cookbook identifies the impact global warming is having on key farming regions and on Australian-grown produce...

Sustainability at Melbourne

By the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
Fifteen stories on Melbourne University researchers that want to change the world..

Melbourne - What Next?

Edited by Carolyn Whitzman, Brendan Gleeson and Alexander Sheko
This ebook, containing various discussion essays, takes a look at the urban planning issues facing the city and what can be done to create a better future for Melbourne..

The Public City: Essays in Honour of Paul Mees

Edited by Brendan Gleeson and Beau Beza
A tribute to one of the world's great activist-scholars, the late Paul Mees, with contributions from fifteen leading urban scholars..

The Urban Condition

By Brendan Gleeson
The Human Condition is now The Urban Condition. And it is this condition that will define human prospects in an age of default and risk..

Land Use: Forestry and Agriculture

By Chris Taylor, Andrew Longmire and Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop
What products/food stuffs should we prioritise for our land? How do we provide ecological restoration?

Four Degrees of Global Warming: Australia in a Hot World

Edited by Peter Christoff
The book offers policy makers, politicians, students, and anyone interested climate change, access to the most recent research on potential Australian impacts of global warming, and possible responses..

Resilient Sustainable Cities

Edited by Leonie Pearson, Peter Newton and Peter Roberts
Cities can’t keep doing what they’ve always done and cope – we need to change current urban development to achieve resilient, sustainable cities..

Promoting Sustainable Living

By Justyna Karakiewicz, Audrey Yue and Angela Paladino
Moving away from negative portrayals of sustainability, this ground-breaking book identifies the factors that motivate people to aspire towards sustainable living..

Carbon Governance, Climate Change and Business Transformation

Edited by Adam Bumpus, James Tansey, Blas Luis Pérez Henríquez, Chukwumerije Okereke
This book pulls insights from an innovative collaborative network to identify the policy combinations needed to create transformative change..

2020 Visions for a Sustainable Society

By the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
Bringing together leaders from academia, business and government, this book focuses on practical steps that can steer Australia towards sustainability..