James Arvanitakis



Professor James Arvanitakis is a internationally famous and presently the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University. Dr James completed his PhD in 2006 in UNSW IN History , Philosophy & Technology and again PhD from University of New South Wales in 2005 in Philosophy. He is also a lecturer in Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. James was also the founding Head of 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).
James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style and was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award in 2012 and an Eminent Researcher Award from the Australia India Education Councilin 2015. In 2017 he was appointed a Research Fellow of the Australian Indian Institute and sits on the Australian Indian Education Working Party.
A former economist and free market advocate, James changed his position after witnessing child and indentured labour. After 9 years of working in finance, he has since worked with a cross section of organisations across Australia, Asia, Pacific and Europe including Oxfam Hong Kong, Aid/Watch and Friends of the Earth (France).
His research areas include citizenship, resilience, trust and the future of universities. James has authored over 100 articles in 2016 released three books: Sociologic (a first-year sociology textbook with Oxford University Press), Citizen Scholar and the future of universities (Palgrave), and From Despair to Hope (Penguin). In 2017 he will be releasing a new edited collection on the Australian Indian Higher Education collaboration he has been overseeing as well as a new edited collection on property rights and piracy. James is a regular media commentator appearing on ABC TV.
He has undertaken a number of consultancies with a focus on cultural and trust audits, cultural change programs and future visioning.
James is a board member of the Public Education Foundation, the Chair of Diversity Arts Australia, an Academic Fellow at the Australian India Institute and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Development.
A collection of his work can be found at www.jamesarvanitakis.net and can be connected through twitter @jarvanitakis .
Dr James strongly believes LISTENING is the vital hope of the society and it should be promoted rigorously.