February 18 – Austerity Forum: Unmasking Austerity


Tuesday 18 Feburuary 2014
The Braggs Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide

9:30-12:30pm (ACDT)

Join a panel of international experts Dexter Whitfield, Jamie Peck and John Quiggin examining the likely impact of Austerity measures in Australia drawing on the experiences of Britain and the United States and proposing alternatives to Austerity in Australia.



Speaker Biographies

Dexter Whitfield is Director of European Services Strategy Unit and Adjunct Associate Professor, Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre, University of Adelaide.
He has a unique, extensive track record of research, policy analysis and strategic advice to public bodies, trade unions and community organisations

Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography at UBC.  The recipient of Guggenheim and Harkness fellowships, he was previously Professor of Geography & Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester, and has held visiting positions at Johns Hopkins, the National Univerity of Singapore, the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Melbourne, the University of Amsterdam, and Queen’s Belfast.

John Quiggin is Hinkley Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University and an Australian Research Council Federation fellow at the University of Queensland. He studied at the Australian National University, obtaining bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Economics and a master’s degree in Economics, and was awarded his PhD from the University of New England in 1988. He has held academic positions at the Australian National University, James Cook University, the University of Maryland, the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland and was a board member of the Queensland Competition Authority. Professor Quiggin is among the top 500 economists in the world according to IDEAS/Respect and is best known for his work on utility theory. Professor Quiggin has frequently been recognised for his research, including twice receiving Federation Fellowships from the Australian Research Council. His most recent book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us, was published in October 2010 from Princeton University Press. Professor Quiggin is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and in 2011 received the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Economic Society of Australia.


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