Taking the initiative in a time of crisis

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ESRA researcher Shannon Walsh takes a moment to reflect on how another think-tank, the New Zealand Initiative, has chosen to respond to the current crisis. more


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ESRA researcher Jack Foster considers the financial aspects of the current crisis more

Memorial through action

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One year on from the white supremacist terrorist attack in Christchurch, gender-based violence specialist Hala Nasr reminds us that everyday racism and white supremacist terrorism are deeply connected. In this powerful reflection, Hala encourages us to honour the memory of the victims of the attack by tackling the indifference toward racism that is still very much embedded in our society. more

An Initial Response to the Covid-19 Recovery Package

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In this intervention ESRA researcher Ben Rosamond offers a timely analysis of the governments COVID-19 recovery package. more

Ecological crises and equitable futures

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In this chapter from the forthcoming ESRA collection ‘Whose Futures?’ Sy Taffel, Senior Lecturer in Media Studies and co-director of the Political Ecology Research Centre at Massey University, offers a diagnosis of dominant narratives of possible ecological futures and what they mean for us. more

Kiwibuild should have always been public housing

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In this intervention, ESRA researcher Vanessa Cole considers the Government’s controversial Kiwibuild policy and their continued failure to respond adequately to the housing crisis. more


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Recently, ESRA researcher Amanda Thomas spoke to Sophie Handford about the upcoming school strike for climate and the need for inter-generational solidarity in the struggle for climate justice. more

Budget 2019 Report

| Ben Rosamond, Campbell Jones, ESRA, Featured, Home Page, Intervention, Jack Foster, Murdoch Stephens, Published Research, Research, Shannon Walsh, Ti Lamusse, Vanessa Cole | No Comments

ESRA researchers have teamed up with community researchers and activists to consider what the 2019 ‘Wellbeing budget’ means for those who are worst served by our current system. more

Outside the Bunker: A Conversation about Capitalism, Crisis and Cruelty

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This interview between documentary film maker Baz Macdonald and ESRA Researcher Campbell Jones discusses capitalism, crisis, and the prospects for change. more

New Forms of Political Organisation

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Download a free copy of ESRA’s first book, ‘New Forms of Political Organisation’, or purchase a hard copy. more

Minimum Wage Policy in Context: Only a Living Wage Will Lift Workers Out of Poverty

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This is the first of a series of occasional interventions on the subject of income distribution and adequacy in Aotearoa New Zealand. more

To a Better World

How the Global Tech Elite Imagine the Future

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Aotearoa New Zealand has recently been in the global news as a bolthole for global billionaires preparing for the apocalypse, especially wealthy tech entrepreneurs and financial investors from the US. This report aims to shed light on how this segment of the global elite imagines the future. more

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Auckland Fuel Levy an Attack on the Poor

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Solutions to traffic should never have to include depriving low income families of their ability to move around or put food on the table. more

Political Organisation and the Environment

| Amanda Thomas, Environment, Home Page, Political Organisation, Published Research | No Comments

This report focuses on how communities contest colonialism and capitalism to build more just, healthy and accessible environments. more

Nation Destroying: Sovereignty and Dispossession in Aotearoa New Zealand

| Ben Rosamond, Home Page, Matike Mai, Published Research | No Comments

In this piece, Ben Rosamond addresses the nature of the form of sovereign political power imposed in Aotearoa through colonisation. more


Productivity and the future of technology

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In this chapter excerpt from the forthcoming ESRA collection ‘Whose Futures?’ Shannon Walsh considers the New Zealand Productivity Commission’s recent inquiry into Technological change and the future of work. He examines the inquiry as a case study in the limitations of mainstream economic thought on the question of the future of technology and technological change. more

Amanda Thomas

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Amanda Thomas is a lecturer in Environmental Studies at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington. Her research is largely grounded with communities, and examines democracy and the ways that environmental politics interact with social justice. more

Anna-Maria Murtola

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Anna-Maria is Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology where she teaches global political economy. Her research focuses on cultural studies of capitalism and the contestation of commodification. more

Ben Rosamond

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Ben is an activist, researcher and union official with NZEI based in Tāmaki Makaurau. His research to date has focused on revolutionary strategy, the place of sovereignty in relation to other models of political organisation, and contemporary critical theory. more

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Catherine Cumming

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Catherine (Ngāti Ranginui/ Pākehā) is a researcher and master’s graduate of the University of Auckland, Tāmaki Makaurau. Grounded in historical materialism and critical theory, her mahi is centrally interested in intersections of finance and colonisation, and possibilities for their overcoming. Catherine is based in London where she works as an editor in left publishing. more

Campbell Jones

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Campbell is convenor of the sociology programme at the University of Auckland and the University of Auckland Critical Theory Network. His research focuses on questions of work, finance, economic policy and political organisation. more

Dylan Taylor

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Dylan is a lecturer in sociology at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington, and is a member of the Counterfutures journal editorial board. His research interests include extra-parliamentary politics and political sociology. more

Gabi Lardies

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Gabi is an artist, graphic designer, and researcher based in Auckland. As one of the co-founders of Pipi Press, she has recently released a beautiful book titled In Common, which brings together poetic, artistic, and academic responses to the idea of the commons. more

Jack Foster

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Jack is a PhD candidate at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington and editor of Counterfutures journal. His research interests include political economy, political theory, and public policy. more

James Roberts

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James is a PhD candidate and activist in Tāmaki Makaurau. He currently works and studies at the University of Auckland. James principally locates his research interests in Marxist politics, economic planning, and continental philosophy. more

Jonathan King

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Jonathan’s research is concerned with philosophy and political economy. He has taught Sociology at Massey University, and Political Studies, International Relations, and Business at the University of Auckland. more

Marcela Palomino-Schalscha

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Marcela is a lecturer in human geography and development studies at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington. Marcela’s work is located in the intersection between development studies, human geography and political ecology, with special emphasis on Indigenous issues. more

Nathalie Jaques

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Nathalie is a researcher at FIRST Union, a PhD candidate and member of teaching staff in sociology at the University of Auckland and a community activist. Her work involves primary research in tactics of activist and industrial leverage, critique of capitalist economics, radical political strategy and critical theory. more

Neil Vallelly

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Neil is a member of the Centre for Global Migrations at the University of Otago, where he teaches in the Schools of Arts and Social Sciences. His research interests include the political economy of neoliberalism, post-capitalism, borders, and displacement. He is the author of Futilitarianism: Neoliberalism and the Production of Uselessness (Goldsmiths Press, 2021). more

Peter King

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Dr Peter King is a sociologist with Parallax Research. He researches in the areas of poverty measurement, income distribution, and material deprivation.  He is experienced in research design and management, and the analysis of quantitative survey and economic data. Peter was prominently involved in the calculation and reporting of the now popularised living wage threshold for Aotearoa. more