Elizabeth Humphrys

I am a political economist in at the University of Technology Sydney. My research focuses on the relationship between the economy and society, in the areas of neoliberalism, state theory, and labour and social movements. I am particularly interested in state and civil society responses to economic crisis and change. My latest research is on the phenomena of ‘anti-politics’, and the crisis of representation that leads people to increasingly see politics as detached from their lives.

My PhD (Uni of Sydney) examined the implementation of neoliberalism in Australia between 1983 and 1996, and focussed on the social contract between the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Council of Trade Unions. I held an Australian Postgraduate Award and, in 2013, the WZB/Sydney Fellowship at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin. In 2011 I completed a MA (Research) at UTS, which examined the impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Global Justice Movement in Australia. I am a founding and current co-editor of Interface: A Journal for and about social movements, and co-convenor of The Australian Sociological Association’s Work, Employment and Social Movements thematic group.

Prior to completing my PhD I worked as an investigator for the NSW Ombudsman. I have also worked in research and policy for a number of non-government organisations, and for a member of the NSW Parliament.


An Integral State acknowledges the traditional owners of the land it is written in, especially the Gadigal of the Eora Nation. An Integral State acknowledges Elders past, present and future and and their continuing struggles for self-determination and justice.

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