Prof James Arvanitakis (Fellow)

Professor James Arvanitakis is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University. Internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style, James was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award (2012) and named an Eminent Researcher by the Australia India Education Council (2015). James founded the innovative and interdisciplinary program – The Academy at Western Sydney University – that received an Australian Financial Review higher education excellence award (2016) and the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Excellence in Education Award (2017).

A former economist and free marketeer, James re-evaluated his philosophy after witnessing child and indentured labour.

In 2017 James was appointed a Research Fellow of the Australian Indian Institute and sits on the Australian Indian Education Working Party. He is a board member of the Public Education Foundation, the Chair of Diversity Arts Australia, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Development.

His research areas include citizenship and the future of universities. James has authored over 100 articles and in 2016 released two books: Citizen Scholar and the future of universities (Palgrave), and From Despair to Hope (Penguin). He is a regular media commentator appearing on ABC News Weekend Breakfast and a panellist on Confab.

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Fredriksson, M. and Arvanitakis, J. (eds.), 2017,

Piracy, Property and the Commons,

Palgrave, London.

Arvanitakis, J., 2016,

From Despair to Hope,

Penguin, Sydney

Arvanitakis, J. and Hornsby (eds.), 2016,

The Citizen Scholar and the Future of Higher Education,

Palgrave, London.

Arvanitakis, J, (ed.), 2015,

Sociologic: A sociological analysis of everyday life,

Oxford University Press, Melbourne

Arvanitakis, J. and Hodge, B., 2015,

“Engagement and Citizenship: Universities in the Contemporary World”,

The Citizen in the 21st Century, Interdisciplinary Press, Oxford. Pp.191-200.

Arvanitakis J, Sidoti E, 2011,

‘The Politics of Change - Where to for Young People and Politics’ in In Their Own Hands: Can Young People Change Australia?,

Lucas Walsh and Rosalyn Black, Melbourne, Australia, pp 11-19

Arvanitakis J, Fredriksson M, 2016,

“Commons, piracy, and the crisis of property”,

TripleC, vol 14, no 1, pp 132-144

Arvanitakis, J. 2017,

Free textbooks for first-year university students could help improve retention rates,

The Conversation, 20 June 2017

Arvanitakis, J., Stanley, L. and Jorre de St Jorre, T., 2017,

Young women can budget in the short term but struggle with long-term investments: survey,

The Conversation, 14 February 2017

Hornsby, D., Arvanitakis, J. and Moore, R., 2015,

Why the time is right to create a new generation of ‘citizen scholars’,

The Conversation – South Africa, 10 December 2015

Arvanitakis, J., 2015,

‘Is a cult of happiness leading us to lose sight of life?’,

The Conversation, 6 July 2015

Arvanitakis, J., 2014,

‘ATAR results: don't let a number define you’,

Sydney Morning Herald, 18 December 2014