Dr Anthony Richardson

Dr Anthony Richardson is a tutor and researcher with the Sustainable and Urban Planning Program at the RMIT School for Global and Urban Studies.

His work is concerned with the concept of Limits to Growth, and the fragility of the complex urban systems which make our contemporary lives possible.

Anthony recently completed his PhD thesis entitled Dismantling the Wall: the simplification of complex socio-technological systems and the implications for urban resilience .

He is interested in the intersections between energy, socio-technological complexity, urban resilience and social change.

With a current book contract with Palgrave Macmillian, he is currently rewriting this thesis for a non-specialist or academic audience in hopes to stimulate wider social debate around the challenges posed by our belief in progress and socio-technological complexity as the panacea for all the challenges we currently face.

Related Content

News & Blog


Three weeks without electricity? That’s the reality facing thousands of Victorians, and it will happen again

21 June 2021

Last week’s storm system wreaked havoc across Victoria. Some 220,000 households and businesses lost power, and residents in the hills on Melbourne’s fringe were warned yesterday it might not be restored for three weeks.


Assessing the impact of the Bushfire Royal Commission final report

09 November 2020

Set-up in the wake of the devastating 2019-20 bushfires, the Royal Commission has delivered its final report into national natural disasters. RMIT experts point to crucial gaps.


No food, no fuel, no phones: bushfires showed we’re only ever one step from system collapse

06 February 2020

This summer’s bushfires were not just devastating events in themselves. More broadly, they highlighted the immense vulnerability of the systems which make our contemporary lives possible.