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Professor Anthony Elliott

Professor Anthony Elliott is Dean of External Engagement at the University of South Australia, where he also holds the posts of Executive Director of the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities Migrations and Cultural Transformations and Research Professor of Sociology.

Anthony Elliott was born in Australia and holds a BA Honours degree from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from Cambridge University, where he was supervised by Lord Anthony Giddens, architect of Third Way progressive politics. Professor Elliott was formerly Director of the Hawke Research Institute at UniSA (2012-2016), and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Head of the Department of Sociology at Flinders University (2006-2012).  Professor Elliott holds various international research fellowships and professorships, and is currently Visiting Global Professor of Sociology in the Graduate School of Human Relations, Keio University, Japan and Visiting Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Professor Elliott is a prominent social theorist, sociologist and public intellectual. He is the author and editor of some 35 books, which have been translated or are forthcoming in a dozen languages. His books include Social Theory and Psychoanalysis in Transition, Psychoanalytic Theory: An Introduction, Subject To Ourselves, The Mourning of John Lennon, Critical Visions, Social Theory Since Freud, The New Individualism (with Charles Lemert), Making The Cut: How Cosmetic Surgery is Transforming Our Lives, Mobile Lives (with John Urry), On Society (with Bryan S. Turner), Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction, and Reinvention. He is best known for Concepts of the Self, which has been in continuous print for over 20 years and across three editions.


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Dr David Bissell

David Bissell is Senior Lecturer in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He combines qualitative research on embodied practices with social theory to explore the social, political and ethical consequences of mobile lives. His current research draws on social and cultural geography and mobilities research to investigate contemporary social problems involving mobility-labour relationships. Recent and forthcoming research projects are about the impact of commuting on cities; how mobile working practices are reshaping the home; and how new forms of workplace artificial intelligence are impacting on employment futures and family mobilities. He is co-editor of Stillness in a Mobile World, and the Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. He is on the editorial boards of Mobilities and Social and Cultural Geography.


Dr Thomas Birtchnell

Dr Thomas Birtchnell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong. Before this, he was a Research Associate at Lancaster University in the UK in a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and led by Distinguished Professor John Urry. The research project (ES/J007455/1) examined the past and future impacts of 3D printing on transport and society. His latest book is A New Industrial Future? 3D Printing and the Reconfiguring of Production, Distribution, and Consumption (2016 Routledge). His research interests lie in the mobilities of people, knowledge and materials globally. He has recently published in the peer-review journals Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Transfers, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Consumption, Markets & Culture, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Area, Marketing Theory, Contemporary South Asia, Futures, Journal of Transport Geography, Mobilities and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. His books include Indovation: Innovation and a Global Knowledge Economy in India (2013 Palgrave Macmillan) and 3D Printing for Development in the Global South: The 3D4D Challenge (2014 Palgrave Macmillan) co-authored with William Hoyle. His co-edited books include Elite Mobilities (2013 Routledge) with Javier Caletrio and Cargomobilities: Moving Materials in a Global Age (2015 Routledge) with Satya Savitzky and John Urry.


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Dr Eric Hsu

Dr. Eric L. Hsu is a Lecturer at the School of Communications, International Studies and Languages at the University of South Australia (UniSA). He is an Associate Member of UniSA's Centre for Sleep Research. At the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations, he is leader of the 'Community Reactions to Disasters' (1.6) research node. Dr. Hsu is an Australian-based social scientist who specializes in the sociology of sleep, the sociology of time, and the social theory of disasters. His research has helped to advance the study of sleep from a sociological perspective. And his work has helped to investigate the phenomenon of social acceleration, the speeding up of social life. He is editor, most recently, of a 4-volume major works series on Sleep: Critical Concepts in Sociology (Routledge, 2017) and co-editor (with Anthony Elliott) of The Consequences of Global Disasters (Routledge, 2016).