Professor James Arvanitakis is a Professor in the Humanities at the University of Western Sydney and the Head of The Academy at UWS. He is also a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. His research areas include hope, trust, political theatre, piracy and citizenship. James has worked as a human rights activist throughout the Pacific, Indonesia and Europe. He is currently working with the Whitlam Institute looking at issues confronting Australia’s democracy.
James’ 2009 Book, Contemporary Society: A sociological analysis of everyday life, was launched with Oxford University Press which gave rise to ‘socio-logic’ – a weekly radio show on FBI Radio (94.5fm). A regular media commentator he has published in both the academic and popular press including New Matilda and The Conversation.
His latest book looks at The Citizens of the 21st Century (published with ID Net Press, Oxford).
James was a former banker and advocate for free trade, but having witnessed child and indentured labour, has worked to develop sustainable, socially just and equitable economic policies with organisations such as the Centre for Policy Development, where he is a research fellow.
James has worked extensively with a number of non-government organizations, including Oxfam International Youth Partnerships and Youth Engagement Program as well as Aid/Watch, as well as working extensively with a number of other justice-based organisations.
After being international recognised for his innovative teaching style, in 2012, James was awarded the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award – Australia’s most prestigious teaching award.
James is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, delivering keynotes and research papers. While he has many testimonials, the one he is most proud comes from a Year 10 student who approached after a keynote at Taronga Park Zoo, insisted on taking his photo and said, ‘Dude, you’re awesome!’
James can be contacted at arvanitakis(dot)james(at)gmail(dot)com.