I'm a Fairfax Media contributor and former co-editor of Overland, Australia's longest-running journal of progressive ideals. I have a PhD in cultural studies and other postgrad tidbits. My current book, Tinkering: Australians reinvent DIY culture, is published by Monash Publishing.

I work in advocacy roles for non-profit bodies. I've edited art publications and writers' magazines. My features appear in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation, The Australian, The Courier-Mail, Art Monthly, Crikey.com, New Matilda and Good Weekend. My essays appear in journals including Griffith Review, Meanjin, Eyeline, Eureka Street, the Law Institute Journal and Overland.

Sustainable life is my primary focus, and I have advanced certificates in permaculture design. I've worked as a dish-pig, an outback cook (in Cape York), a farm hand and a graphic designer. I've taught at Cairns TAFE, Victoria University and RMIT, and I currently teach at Swinburne.