Writer

Cathy Alexander

Cathy Alexander was a journalist for eight years. She began covering environmental issues when working for Australian Associated Press in the Press Gallery in Parliament House, Canberra, in 2007. She won the European Union/Qantas journalist’s award in 2009 and spent five weeks reporting on climate and environmental issues from Europe.

Alexander squeezed in a Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne’s Office for Environmental Programs in 2011-2012, where she focused on environmental policy, economics and law. Her most recent media job was as deputy editor of the news and opinion websiteCrikey. Now at MSSI, Alexander works on research translation, helping get academic research out to policy makers, the media and the public. She has given a guest lecture on knowledge translation, chaired panels and co-written articles for the media. She is working on a research project on Australian climate policy.

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Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future

Australian politics and national life are trapped in a permanent present. There are few opportunities to imagine the future, and even fewer to create it. Politics, commerce, media all focus relentlessly on the here and now. This breeds a corrosive cynicism. Yet when alternatives are presented they are often embraced and quickly become the new normal. Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future will imagine new possibilities. It is time to envisage the future, without fear, as a landscape to be won through human striving and expression. Contributors include Al Gore, Tim Flannery, Maria Tumarkin, Anthony Funnel, Margaret Simons, Tony Birch, Don Henry, Ashley Hay, Leah Kaminsky, Graeme Davison, Tony Davis, Jane Gleeson-White and many more. Published with the support of the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

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