Articles by Amanda Cahill

Dr Amanda Cahill is the Director of the Centre for Social Change in Brisbane. She founded the Centre in 2012 to support the emergence of more resilient, socially just and ecologically sustainable local economies across the Asia-Pacific region. In pursuit of this aim she draws on twenty years’ community development experience working with people across Southeast Asia, the Pacific, South America and Indigenous, migrant and rural communities in Australia. A cornerstone of the Centre’s approach is applying participatory and strengths-based approaches to research, plan and implement diverse economic activities that support increased employment and investment opportunities. Currently she is applying this approach to assist communities across Australia to transition to a zero emissions economy. This work ranges from assisting the Byron Shire achieve zero emissions within ten years to working with coal and gas affected communities to identify economic opportunities beyond fossil fuels. In addition to her work at the Centre, Amanda lectures at the University of Queensland. She holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in Human Geography from the Australian National University.
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Next Economy: an interview with Amanda Cahill

Green Agenda editors Clare Ozich and Simon Copland sat down recently with Amanda Cahill to talk about economic transformation and her new project, Next Economy.

Amanda is the Director and Founder of the Centre for Social Change. Her work includes answering the question – what do economic systems that are good for people and the planet look like?

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The End of Coal: Transition

The Green Institute has published a collated paper on The End of Coal. The essays in the paper argue that not only that change is coming, but also that, if we embrace and accelerate that change, it brings with it tremendous opportunities to build a better, fairer democracy, economy and society.

In our second piece publishing extracts from the paper, Green Agenda is pleased to publish two different perspectives on the transition from coal for  communities and workers and the opportunities provided for economic renewal.

The first essay is from Amanda Cahill reflecting on her experiences working with communities facing the end of coal. The second is from Drew Hutton arguing for a different democracy to accompany a new economy.
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