Dr Alex Baumann lectures on Sustainable Futures at the University of Western Sydney. His publications focus on a key structural obstacle to degrowth; the market opportunities most of us are forced to secure to afford the cost of land for housing. He makes the key point that since capitalism’s first privatisation - land privatisation – we have little choice but to find our place in the market economy, so we may pay the long-term cost of a rent or mortgage.

To overcome this unsustainable reliance on consumer markets and consequent economic growth, Alex’s work explores the idea of restoring land commons for housing and collaborative productivity. This focus has involved Alex with the 'Neighbourhood That Works' project (www.ntwonline.weebly.com) - a strategy that seeks to provide an example of postgrowth collaborative development on public land.

Alex Baumann has been a guest on 1 episode.