Gavan Butler

Dr Butler is one of the founders of the innovative program in Political Economy at Sydney University, in which he is now an honourary associate. He has been on the

editorial committee of the Journal of Australian Political Economy published within the Department, since its first appearance in 1977 and has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Political Economy published in the UK and the USA in 1999.

​Dr Butler was re-elected in 1997, 1999 and 2001 by the academic staff of the University as a member of the Senate of the University and previously served for many years as a staff-elected member of the Academic Board.

Dr Butler’s primary research interests include the state, economic policy and human resource development in the countries of Southeast Asia. He has had a long association with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and with academics and organisations in the region. He was invited to teach in the English-language Bachelor of Economics program at Thammasat University in Thailand in 1999 and has continued to do so until the present time.

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at Sydney University. Dr Anderson has degrees in economics and international politics, and a doctorate on the political economy of economic liberalisation in Australia. His current research interests relate to rights in development, Melanesian land and Economic integration in Latin America.

He has been published in a range of academic journals, most recently in: Health and Human Rights, the Pan-American Journal of Public Health, The International Journal of Cuban Studies, the Australian Journal of Human Rights, Latin American Perspectives, the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Critical Public Health, the Journal of Australian Political Economy and Pacific Economic Bulletin.

'Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.'

- Karl Marx

Editorial Collective

Damien Cahill

Damien Cahill is senior lecturer and chair of the Department of Political Economy at Sydney University. Dr Cahill’s research focuses primarily on the relationship between the economy and society. This informs his writing on: neo-liberal think tanks; prison privatization; neo-liberalism and the global financial crisis; neo-liberal hegemony; and the social foundations of the contemporary Australian economy.



His work has appeared in publications including Arena, Australian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Australian Political Economy, Labour History, Overland, Rethinking Marxism and Z-Magazine. He has also contributed several book chapters to edited collections. In 2008 Damien edited (with Frank Stilwell) a special edition of the Journal of Australian Political Economy entitled ‘Australia’s Economic Boom, 1992-?’.

Note: Please address all editorial correspondence to Frank Stilwell, Department of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 or email                                            



The JAPE editorial collective includes:

Lynne Chester


Lynne  Chester is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at Sydney University. Dr Chester’s research focuses on the application of régulation theory to energy issues and the environment, energy security, electricity generation capacity, energy poverty, markets for electricity and carbon derivatives, markets for goods and services previously provided direct by government, and Australia's institutional 

She is a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, Economic and Labour Relations Review, and Evidence Base, and a reviewer for the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Issues, Review of Radical Political Economy, Energy Policy, Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, and The Energy Journal. Lynne is also a Committee Member of the UK-based Association of Heterodox Economics and a co-editor of the annual conference proceedings of the Australian Society of Heterodox Economists.

​Prior to academia, Lynne spent over 25 years working in the Australian public sector including as a senior executive with two of Australia’s largest utilities (EnergyAustralia and Sydney Water), as Chief of Staff to Federal Government Ministers, and an economic adviser to the South Australian Premier. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority and the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics, and the 2011 Reference Group for the Federal Government’s forthcoming Energy White Paper.

architecture. She is currently working with the French CNRS Centre International de Recherche sur L’environment et Le Développement on a project assessing the implications for generation capacity and end-use prices of climate change policies in liberalised electricity markets.

Bill Dunn


Bill Dunn is senior lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at Sydney University. Dr Dunn was educated at the Universities of York, Leeds, Westminster, London and West of England, all in the UK. He previously taught at the Universities of the West of England, Bristol and Leeds. Bill's principal research interests are in the contemporary global political economy of labour and in

Marxism. He published Global Restructuring and the Power of Labour, with Palgrave MacMillan in 2004, Global Political Economy: a Marxist Critique, with Pluto in 2009 and is co-editor with Hugo Radice of Permanent Revolution: Results and Prospects 100 Years On, published by Pluto in 2006.

Evan Jones


Dr Evan Jones is honourary associate in the Department of Political Economy at Sydney University. His research interests are in the political economy of industry and economic policy, Australian economic development, and in the 

Dr Jones’ publications have appeared in the Economic Record, the Review of Radical Political Economics, the Journal of Australian Political Economy, the History of Economics Review, and the Australian Journal of Public Administration. He has written extensively for the respectable press and is the co-author of a textbook, Engineering and Society.

methodology and sociology of the economics discipline.

Kirrily Jordan


Dr Kirrily Jordan has worked as a research fellow at the ANU's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Research since March 2008. Her research interests include Indigenous wellbeing 

and Indigenous employment policy, particularly the relationship between work and wellbeing in urban, regional and remote Indigenous contexts.

From 2011 to 2013 Kirrily is concentrating on an ARC Discovery Project titled 'From welfare to work, or work to welfare?' in which she is examining the social and economic effects of recent changes to the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme.

Kirrily's disciplinary background is in political economy and prior to working at CAEPR she spent several years researching economic inequality and the socio-economic position of migrants in Australia. She is co-author (with Prof Frank Stilwell) of 'Who Gets What? Analysing Economic Inequality in Australia' (Cambridge University Press 2007).

Andrew Mack


Dr Andrew Mack is honourary fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. His academic career has included positions as laboratory manager for an Australian wool processing company, executive assistant to the former Federal Health Minister Dr Neal Blewett, and president of a national entertainment industry union.

His career in the entertainment industry includes board membership with the film development corporation Film South, and with the Sydney-based film production company, Macau Light Co. He is a woodwind player and currently works with the rock-blues band Red Dog. His academic career has included teaching positions at Adelaide, Sydney, New South Wales and Boston universities and with Open Learning Australia.

His research priorities include an investigation of the sources and impacts of regional economic crises on systems and processes of regional organization in East Asia, with particular emphasis on terrorism​

David Primrose is a doctoral research student, casual lecturer, tutor and research assistant in the Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney.

His doctoral research focusses on the political economy of behavioural economics, health, the post-political condition and development. In addition, he has also researched and written about issues relating to food security and assumptions of scarcity, land grabbing, neoclassical economics, urban and regional planning, inequality, sustainability, theories of ideology, and Marxism.

David Primrose


Stuart Rosewarne


Stuart Rosewarne is senior lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at Sydney

University. Dr Rosewarne's research and 


In addition to being co-editor of Journal of Australian Political Economy, Stuart also co-edits Capitalism, Nature, Socialism.


His recent publications include: contributions to Encyclopedia of Political Economy, Routledge 1999, on international political economy, environmental and ecological economics and and radical ecological critiques; “False Paradise”, Journal of Australian Political Economy, No.3 June 1999; “The Globalisation and Liberalisation of Asian Labour markets”, The World Economy, Vol.21 No.7, September 1998; “Towards a managed international trade for sustainable development: A critique of ecological economic arguments”, with Michel Damian, in Philip Smith and Armin Tenner (eds.) Dimensions of Sustainability, Baden-Baden, Germany; and “Marxism, the Second Contradiction and Socialist Ecology”, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Vol.8 No.2 July 1997.

teaching interests are in environmental and ecological economics, critical socialist ecology, international political economy, and the political economy of gender.

Ben Spies-Butcher


Ben Spies-Butcher lectures in Economy and Society in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University. Ben completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Sydney while working in the non-government sector on issues of human rights. His research focuses on the economics and politics of social and environmental policy and political participation. He teaches courses on

Dr Spies-Butcher's current research agenda includes understanding the implications of social policy for sustainability; social tax expenditures, population ageing and the Australian welfare state; teaching political economy and economic sociology; civil society at the local level in Sydney; and purchaser-provider relations and disability employment.

economic sociology and political sociology at undergraduate and post-graduate level. He is also a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development, a Research Associate at the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland, and a member of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion.

Frank Stilwell


Frank Stilwell is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Sydney University. Frank is a well known critic of conventional economics and an advocate of alternative economic strategies which prioritise social justice and economic sustainability. He has taught for over 40 years at the University and twice been awarded the University's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Frank Stilwell's research interests centre on Australian economic policies, urban and regional development and economic inequality. He is the author of eleven books, including Economic Inequality, the Accord and Beyond, Understanding Cities and Regions, Reshaping Australia, Changing Track : a new political economic direction for Australia; Political Economy: the Contest of Economic Ideas, and Who Gets What? Analysing Economic Inequality in Australia (with Kirrily Jordan). He has also co-edited five other books, including Economics as a Social Science and Beyond the Market : Alternatives to Economic Rationalism.

Frank Stilwell is co-ordinating editor of the Journal of Australian Political Economy, and is on the editorial boards of Regional Studies, Social Alternatives and Australian Options.

Neale Towart


Neale has worked for Unions NSW as a research librarian since 1995. He is also the Heritage Officer for the Trades Hall Building, which means he is responsible for collecting and displaying new and old union materials throughout the building and on tour.

Neale also publishes the fortnightly ‘Labour Review’, which keeps people up to date with IR, OHS, and the broad role of unions in civil society. 

Neale’s brain can be picked on all matters relating to the union movement in the                      


Elizabeth Hill


Elizabeth Hill is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at Sydney University. Dr Hill's research focuses on gender, work and care in both developed and emerging economies. She has published on women’s work and collective action in the Indian informal economy, as well as work and care 

policy in the Australian economy. Elizabeth is interested in the changing nature of work and care and pathways to improved work/care policy regimes. Between 2008 and 2011 Elizabeth was based in New Delhi where she conducted research on work and care dynamics in the Indian economy.

Elizabeth convenes, with Professor Barbara Pocock from the University of South Australia, the Australian Work+ Family Policy Roundtable ( The Roundtable promotes the development and dissemination of relevant Australian and international research on work and family policy. The Roundtable is an active participant in the public debate around these issues, providing regular submissions to Government Inquiries on the status of work and family policy in Australia, as well as media commentary and analysis on policy developments. Recent reports published by the Roundtable include Benchmarks for Work and Family Policies in Election 2010.

J​oy Paton

Joy Paton’s teaching and research interests centre on institutional, Marxian and other heterodox economic traditions including ecological and feminist political economy. These inform her analyses of the economy-society-environment nexus and associated policies for environmental issues and the complex problems of sustainable development and climate change. They also frame her interest in the social basis of economic activity: how the economic process is ‘embedded’  

both institutionally and ideologically in different cultural and historical contexts; and how this is theorised and conceptualised in different heterodox traditions.