Anitra Nelson

About: An interdisciplinary researcher and teacher in the social sciences, specifically community-based sustainability, environmental justice and housing studies, Anitra researches in the Centre for Urban Research of the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. Anitra has an Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting (RMIT) — winning awards for her short film, Mercury Stole My Fire (2005). Co-editor of Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies (2011, Pluto Press, London), editor of Steering Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: Policy, Practice and Performance and author of Marx's Concept of Money: The God of Commodities, Anitra was a Visiting Scholar in the Economics Department of the New School for Social Research in New York in the first half of 2012.
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Just Transitions: actions and outcomes in activism for a just transition from fossil fuels in Australia

A new platform mapping environmental conflicts developed by RMIT urban researchers helps to support just transitions from coal to clean energy without disadvantaging workers and communities.

Marginal rental housing—what is it, and how should it be managed?

Increased demand from students, retirees and families excluded from private rental have put new pressures on marginal rental accommodation. However residents—especially those with high needs—remain vulnerable in this tenure and often experience poor management, lack of safety and low quality or expensive housing. Better regulation...

The experience of marginal rental housing in Australia

This research project investigated the marginal rental housing market, which includes boarding or rooming houses and residential (caravan) park accommodation and provided a typology of marginal rental housing.

The great Australian nightmare: mortgage default and repossession

Mortgage default has long term impacts on the financial wellbeing of households including bankruptcy, drawing on superannuation savings, and high levels of debt even after the sale of the house. Better access by borrowers to financial advice and mortgage relief assistance, as well as stricter...

Mortgage default in Australia: nature, causes and social and economic impacts

This is the second and final report on the problem of mortgage default in Australia. An earlier positioning paper (Berry et al., 2009) presented, in detail, a range of issues, views, evidence and potential policy directions concerning this subject. Both reports are to be read...