Ben Spies-Butcher is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Masters of Policy and Applied Social Research in the Sociology Department at Macquarie University. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney and his work focuses on the political economy of social policy. Ben is a Research Associate at the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland, Board member of Shelter NSW and member of the Policy Advisory Group of COTA NSW. His most recent co-authored book is Market Society published with Cambridge University Press. Ben was the Co-Convener of the Australian Greens during the 2013 election.