Associate Professor Stephen Healy

 Stephen HealyAssociate Professor Stephen Healy is a school-based member at ICS. His research has concentrated on the relationship between economy, subjectivity and the enactment of new econo-socialities exploring various topics: health care reform policy, cooperative and regional development, and the solidarity economy movement. In each instance his abiding concern has been to apply insights from Marxian and psychoanalytic theory to understand the desires, fantasies and anxieties that compose the restive human subject. His current ARC project, with CIs Gay Hawkins, Ruth Lane and Abby Mellick Lopes, Investigating Innovative Waste Economies: redrawing the circular economy is a case study driven approach to reimagine the material, economic and civic dimensions of the ‘circular economy’ tapping into the provocative power of waste.  This project continues lines of inquiry established in prior research Reconfiguring the Enterprise: Shifting Manufacturing Culture in Australia (DP160101674). He is co-author of Take back the economy: an ethical guide for transforming our communities (UMP 2013), presently translated into Korean, Spanish and Finnish with planned translations into Greek and French. Stephen has been published in Antipode, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Gender, Place and CultureProfessional GeographerNew Zealand GeographerJournal of Political Ecology and Rethinking Marxism and elsewhere in addition to contributing to numerous edited volumes. Stephen is a founding member of the Community Economies Research Network (opens in new window)(CERN).


  • Ph.D., Geography, 2006, University of Massachusetts Dissertation: Care in the Community Economy: Toward an Alternative Development of Health Care Supervisor: Julie Graham 
  • M.S., Geography, 2001, University of Massachusetts  Thesis: Colonialism and Dimensionality: Memory, Hybridity and Postcoloniality
  • B.A., Social Ecology,  1994,  Hampshire College

Awards and Recognition

  • 2018: New Zealand Science Challenge Grant
  • 2018: Landcom Grant
  • 2017: Julie Graham Community Economies Research Fellowship
  • 2016: Antipode Foundation Grant
  • 2013: Julie Graham Community Economies Research Fellowship
  • 2013: Nation Science Foundation
  • 2010: Competitive Campus Wide Mini-Grant Award, Worcester State University
  • 2009: National Science Foundation
  • 2009: Competitive Campus Wide Mini-Grant Award, Worcester State University
  • 2008: Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement Faculty Fellows Grant, Worcester State College

Selected Publications

Gibson-Graham, J.K., J. Cameron and S. Healy. 2013. Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide For Transforming Our Communities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 222 (433 citations Google Scholar).

  • Korean translation: 2014. 타자를 위한 경제는 있다 Translated by Hwang Sung-won. Seoul: Dongnyok Publishers.
  • Spanish translation: 2017. Retomemos La Economia: Una Guía Ética para Transformar Nuestras Comunidades. Translated by W.E. Sánchez Amézquita and M.J. Flórez Flórez. Bogotá: Asociación de Editoriales Universitarias de Colombia.
  • Finnish translation: 2019. ottaa taloutta takaisin. Tampere Finladn: Vastapaino.

McKinnon, K., S. Healy and K. Dombroski. 2019. “Surviving well together: post development, maternity care and the politics of ontological pluralism.” In Postdevelopment as practice, edited by Elise Klein & Carlos Eduardo Morreno, 190-203. London: Routledge.

Gibson-Graham, J.K., J. Cameron and S. Healy. 2016. “Commoning as a Postcapitalist Politics.” In Releasing the Commons: Rethinking the Futures of the Commons, edited by A. Amin and P. Howell, 192–212. London: Routledge.

Healy, S. 2014. “Psychoanalysis and the Geography of the Anthropocene: Fantasy, Oil Addiction and the Politics of Global Warming.” In Psychoanalytic Geographies, edited by P. Kingsbury and S. Pile, 181–96. London: Ashgate Publishing.

Pavlovskaya, M., C. Borowiak, S. Healy and M. Safri. 2019. “The Place of Common Bond: The Potential of Credit Unions for the Solidarity Economy in New York City.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers (forthcoming).

Gibson-Graham, J. K., Cameron, J., Healy, S., and McNeill, J. 2019. "Roepke Lecture in Economic Geography—Economic Geography, Manufacturing, and Ethical Action in the Anthropocene." Economic Geography 95 (1):1-21. doi: 10.1080/00130095.2018.153869.

Healy, S., C. Borowiak, M. Pavlovskaya and M. Safri. 2018. “Commoning and the Politics of Solidarity: Transformational Responses to Poverty.” Geoforum. Published ahead of print, 28 March 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.03.015.

Borowiak, C., M. Safri, S. Healy and M. Pavlovskaya. 2017. "Navigating the Fault Lines: Race and Class in Philadelphia’s Solidarity Economy." Antipode 50(3): 577–603. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12368.

Dombroski, K., K. McKinnon and S. Healy. 2016. "Beyond the Birth Wars: Diverse Assemblages of Care.” New Zealand Geographer 72(3): 230–39. DOI: 10.1111/nzg.12142.

Healy, S. 2016. “Saint Francis in Climate-Changing Times: Form of Life, the Highest Poverty, and Postcapitalist Politics.” Rethinking Marxism 28(3/4): 367–84. DOI: 10.1080/08935696.2016.1243422.

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