About the Hub

The goals of the NENA Research Hub are:

  • To enable interested NENA members around Australia to meet via the internet, or in person, for discussions about research that can support the building of a new economy in Australia
  • To provide an avenue for members of the Hub to share information, resources, news
  • To enable members to make time and space to develop collaborative projects where appropriate
  • To provide information about current research issues and research findings relevant to the New Economy, to the broader NENA network via the website, social media and webinars
  • To provide input about research priorities for the new economy, into the NENA Annual Strategy

Hub Convenors

Hamed Hosseini (University of Newcastle), Michelle Maloney (NENA and Griffith University) and Bronwen Morgan (UNSW) – email

NENA Research Hub Events

** 23rd June 2021 @ 12:30 - 2pm AEST **
'Rethinking Wellbeing'

Join us for the first in a series of workshops about redefining 'wellbeing', hosted by NENA and the University of Newcastle.

Please click here for more information and to register for the event.

** 24th and 25th June 2021 **
"NENA's Research Jam – Sharing Research to support the Wellbeing Economy"

The NENA Research Hub is hosting its first ‘Research Jam’ on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th June 2021.

Please click here to find out more, and to find out how to participate.

NENA Research Hub Projects

Alternative Futures Research Collaborative (AFRC)

The "Alternative Futures Research Collaborative" (AFRC) was created by the University of Newcastle (UON) Alternative Futures Research Network, in partnership with NENA, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between UON and NENA on 19 June 2019.

The Alternative Futures Research Network (AFRN) studies and promotes alternative modes of development beyond dependency on Capital, Carbon, Consumerism, Corporate politics, and Compulsive Growth with a focus on the prospects of inclusive development in the Australian urban and regional areas, particularly the Hunter Region.

AFRC is the UON- first community-partnered participatory research initiative, that intends to identify, explore, develop, and promote collaborative research projects focused on building new socio-ecological and economic systems/modalities in Australia.

AFRC aims to:

  • Create a Commoning Framework for promoting conversation, convergence, collaboration, coalition and integration among various transformative forces and visions;
  • Co-create a ‘Knowledge Commons of Alternatives’ (KCA) through exploring, mapping, comparing, examining alternative modes of livelihood, governance, and sociability that transcend capitalist relations and the current crisis-prone dependence on carbon, consumerism, corporate-led politics, and compulsive growth.

Further information about the AFRC can be found on the University of Newcastle’s website.

Events and projects connected to the AFRC will be promoted by NENA throughout 2020-2021.