Anitra Nelson is an activist-scholar. She completed her PhD on Karl Marx's concept of money and continues that interest in non-market ecosocialist arguments for, and visions of, non-monetary futures, as in a book co-edited with the late Frans Timmerman — Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies (2011, translated and published in Korean 2014). Much of her work on community-based environmental sustainability has involved eco-collaborative and affordable housing as in Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet (2018) on the necessity for simple living in small spaces and sharing facilities and amenities and Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities. Her prizewinning short film Mercury Stole my Fire (2005) reports on a personal experience of environmental injustice and disability. Her Marxian studies have also resulted in a creative non-fiction play on Marx — Servant of the Revolution has enjoyed two seasons in Australia.
PhD, School of Humanities, La Trobe University, 1996
BA (First Class) Honours, History Department, La Trobe Uni.
Adv. Dip. of Prof. Screenwriting (Film, TV, Dig. Med.) RMIT
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Marxian and non-market socialist concepts of money
community-based and sustainable natural resource management
affordable, environmentally sustainable and community-based housing
environmental justice
urban studies
sustainable futures

Personal Interests
Reading and writing
Watching and making films
Community gardening