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.

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