Community Economies

Jenny Cameron

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PhD (Monash)
MA (Restructuring and Development in the Pacific Rim) (Uni. of Sydney)
B. of Applied Science - Built Environment (Urban and Regional Planning) (with Distinction) (QUT)
Dip. of Teaching (Primary)(Brisbane College of Adv. Ed.)

Research Areas:

Economic geography: diverse economies and community economies including theories of development, class and subjectivity; community and social enterprise development.
Urban and regional geography: alternative economic and community development in marginalised urban & regional areas.
Political Geography: participatory research and evaluation, and community planning.

Also see my recent co-authored book with J.K. Gibson-Graham and Stephen Healy, Take Back the Economy


Cultivating hybrid collectives: research methods for enacting community food economies in Australia and the Philippines

Ann Hill, Jenny Cameron, Katherine Gibson

In this paper authors Cameron, Gibson and Hill discuss two research projects in Australia and the Philippines in which we have cultivated hybrid collectives of academic researchers, lay researchers and various nonhuman others with the intention of enacting community food economies. We feature three critical interactions in the 'hybrid collective research method': gathering, reassembling and translating. We argue that in a climate changing world, the hybrid collective method fosters opportunities for a range of human and nonhuman participants to act in concert to build community food economies.

Cameron, J., K.Gibson and A. Hill, 2014. Cultivating hybrid collectives: research methods for enacting community food economies in Australia and the Philippines Local Environment 19(1), 118-132.

Lessons from the Hummingbird

Jenny Cameron

In Dirt!: The Film, Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement in Africa, tells the story of the tiny hummingbird who fights a huge bush fire drop by tiny drop of precious water. What can the little hummingbird tell us about ways of building a sustainable food future? This paper explores this question.

Cameron, J. 2010. Take back the (food) economy: lessons from the hummingbird. Keynote Presentation, Fair Share Festival, Newcastle, October 22-23.

Diverse Food Economies

Jenny Cameron

This paper uses the Diverse Economies Framework to explore initiatives that have been developed to build more sustainable and ethical food futures, and to identify policy and reseach activities that might help strengthen these initiatives.

Cameron, J. and R. Gordon 2010. Building sustainable and ethical food futures through economic diversity: options for a mid-sized city'. Paper presented at the Policy Workshop on The Future of Australia's Mid-Sized Cities, Latrobe University, Bendigo, Australia, Sept 29-30.

Business as Usual or Economic Innovation?: Work, Markets and Growth in Community and Social Enterprises

Jenny Cameron

This paper explores the different and diverse economic practices that two Community Supported Agriculture initiatives use to enact their ethical commitments. The paper considers what this means for current government support for social and community enterprises.

Cameron, J. 2010, Forthcoming. Business as usual or economic innovations? work, markets and growth in community enterprises, Third Sector Review 16(2).

Growing the Community of Community Gardens: Research Contributions

Jenny Cameron

This paper discusses a performative research project conducted with community gardeners in Newcastle Australia.

Cameron, J., C. Manhood and J. Pomfrett. 2010. Growing the community of community gardens: research contributions. Paper submitted to the Community Garden Conference, Canberra, October 2010. (Note: The final published version is available online at the Conference Website, pages 116-129).

ABCD meets DEF: Using asset based community development to build economic diversity 2008

Jenny Cameron, Katherine Gibson

This paper reframes existing economic diversity as a community asset that can be built on for community and economic development. ĘIncludes strategies for doing this, and draws on examples from the Philippines and Australia

The contribution of community enterprises to the development of regions 2008

Jenny Cameron

This paper discusses the sorts of ethical economic decisions made by community enterprises, and how this contributes to regional social, environmental and economic well-being.

Teaching a politics of hope and possibility 2007

Jenny Cameron

Introduces three strategies for rethinking the economy with students.

Representing marginalisation: finding new avenues for economic and social intervention 2005

Jenny Cameron, Katherine Gibson

Discusses the limiting ways in which people in marginalised areas are portrayed in policy and research, and introduces a different way of representing marginalised groups and the more enabling economic and social policies that result.

Alternative Pathways to Community and Economic Development: The Latrobe Valley Community Partnering Project

Jenny Cameron, Katherine Gibson

Based on the Latrobe Valley Community Partnering Project, this paper introduces new ways of understanding disadvantaged areas, the economy, community and the research process in order to open up new ways of addressing social and economic issues.

Cameron, J. & Gibson, K. 2005. Alternative pathways to community and economic development: The Latrobe Valley community partnering project, Geographical Research 43(3), 274-85.

Focussing on the Focus Group

Jenny Cameron

Cameron, J. 2005. Focussing on the focus group, in Iain Hay (ed.) Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Chapter 8.

Participatory Action Research in a Poststructuralist Vein

Jenny Cameron, Katherine Gibson

This paper introduces a poststructuralist influenced participatory action research project seeking to develop new pathways for economic and community development in the context of a declining region.

Cameron, J. & Gibson, K. 2005. Participatory action research in a poststructuralist vein, Geoforum 36(3), 315-31.

Building Community Economies in Marginalised Areas

Jenny Cameron, Katherine Gibson

Elaborates an economic and social policy response to disadvantage that builds on the skills and ideas of marginalised groups.

Gibson, K. & Cameron. J. 2005. Building Community Economies in Marginalised Areas, in P. Smyth, T. Reddel & A. Jones (eds) Community and Local Governance in Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney, 149-166.

Collaborating with communities: an assets-based approach to community and economic development 2003

Jenny Cameron

This paper outlines a collaborative approach to working with local residents in marginalised communities to develop community and economic development projects. The paper draws from action research conducted in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria, and Eagleby and Logan City, Queensland

Feminising the Economy

JK Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron

 Exploring how recent feminist thinkers are attempting to add women into the economy.


Cameron J. and J. K. Gibson-Graham. 2003. Feminising the Economy: metaphors, strategies, politics, Gender, Place & Culture 10(2), 145-157.

Transforming communities: towards a research agenda

Jenny Cameron, Katherine Gibson

A review of Australian research and policy interventions aimed at communities and regions from the perspective of the Community Economies Project

Gibson, K. and J. Cameron. 2001.Transforming communities: towards a research agenda, Urban Policy and Research 19(1), 7-24.

Asset-based community and economic development: implications for the social capital debate 2000

Jenny Cameron

Explores some of the limits of measuring and monitoring social capital.

Negotiating restructuring: a study of regional communities experiencing rapid social and economic change

Jenny Cameron, Katherine Gibson, a veno

How two communities in regional Victoria, Australia are beginning to rethink their relationship to processes of economic restructuring.