RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research and School of Global, Urban and Social Studies are proud to present the launch of Associate Professor Martin Mulligan’s latest offering.   Aimed at those studying sustainability for the first time, An Introduction to Sustainability is unique in giving students from different disciplinary backgrounds a coherent framework and set of core principles for developing sustainability practices within their personal and professional lives. Published by Earthscan/Routledge, the book is being promoted for use in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and the UK.

Master of ceremonies, Professor Robin Goodman, Deputy Dean, Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT, will join guest speakers:

  • Emeritus Professor Joe Camilleri, La Trobe University;
  • Mark Wakeham, CEO of Environment Victoria; and
  • Professor David Hayward, Dean of the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University.

Book reviews

The book has been internationally well received:

“This is a timely and much-needed book, written by experienced university educators who know how to engage with students and spark and sustain their interest.” 

Allan Johnstone, Murdoch University, Australia.

“Discussions of systems thinking, agency and cultural vitality suggest a positive outlook that is particularly stimulating and empowering for students.”  

Phoebe Crisman, University of Virginia, USA.

“At a time when problems like global warming and the negative impacts of economic globalization are becoming intense and urgent, Martin Mulligan has re-energised the idea of sustainable development in a book that is accessible, informative, and full of hopeful alternatives.” 

Peter Christoff, University of Melbourne, Australia.

“I would happily recommend this as a core introductory text for a 1st on environmental issues as it covers so many of the most important challenges with critical appreciation while retaining a sense of optimism too.”

Sam Randalls, University College London, UK


The Green Brain (Level 7, RMIT Storey Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne)


Friday, 12 December, 4:30pm