Stephen Healy

Senior Research Fellow
Institute for Culture and Society
Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Sydney, Australia

Other Affiliations

Associate Editor, Rethinking Marxism

Association of American Geographers

Association for Economic and Social Analysis

Gamma Theta Upsilon, Geographic Honors Society



PhD University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MS University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BA Hampshire College

Research Interests

community economies, marxian theory, subjectivity, psychoanalytic theory

What is at stake is the creation of values, not simply the act of adhering to already existing values. … All great sublimations (art, sciences, religion) create new values, transform things into values. (Zupancic 2003, 73)

Historically my work has explored the relationship between subjectivity and economy through the lens of Marxian and psychoanalytic theory. The areas in which this research interest takes shape has varied over time: health care reform in the United States, the work of informal caregivers, cooperative development for marginalized populations, efforts to integrate environmental concerns into teaching and the process of regional development. I understand our common project to be one of developing and learning to speak a new language of economy. The practice of speaking this language is learning to revalue every day care, ordinary places and labors and to find in them both meaning and potential. Our aim is to give voice to an economy of values capable of holding and expressing our commitments to others.

My past research projects include integrating sustainability concerns into geoscience curricula, a study of the significance, impact and spatial distribution of the Solidarity Economy in the US--both supported by the US National Science foundation (the latter with fellow CEC colleagues Marianna Pavlovskaya, and Maliha Safri).  My current research projects is an engaged research project focused on the contribution that manufacturing might make to a more sustainable and equitable future in Australia, supported by the Australian Research Council (with CEC colleagues Katherine Gibson, Jenny Cameron and Joanne McNeil) as well as a project supported by the Antipode Foundation that explores the role that artistic representation can play in the process of envisioning and enacting community economies (with Katherine Gibson and Jenny Cameron).

I have played various roles in the collective. Currently I am an coordinator or the CERN-Sydney Branch, member of the Julie Graham Community Economy Research Fund and an editorial board member of the Diverse Economies Liveable Worlds book series from University of Minnesota Press.   


Curriculum vitae

Contact Information

Dr. Stephen Healy 

Institute for Culture and Society

Building EM Parramatta South Campus

Locked bag 1797 Penrith NSW 2751