Dr Amanda Tattersall

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Amanda Tattersall is a scholar and a change maker. She is a Post-Doctoral Fellow as part of the Organising Cities Project in the School of Geosciences.

She is the founder of some of Australia’s most interesting social change organisations, including the Sydney Alliance and GetUp.org.au, and she is the founder and Host of the ChangeMakers podcast, which tells stories about people trying to change the world. Her book, Power in Coalition, was the first international analytical study of alliance building as a strategy for social change.

As an urban geographer, she focuses on questions of how the city can be a subject for democratic politics. She is currently undertaking research on intra and inter city coalition building strategies to identify ways in which networks of urban alliances may help citizens present solutions to wicked global problems like climate change, poverty, inequality and the politics of refuge.

Her PhD was industrial relations, and she has previously worked as a union organiser and was an elected official at Unions NSW.

As a teacher, Amanda’s greatest passion is to bring the community in – with stories, guest speakers, practical projects that are strengthened by her extensive network amongst Australia’s not for profit community.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Tattersall, A. (2010). Power in Coalition: Strategies for Strong Unions and Social Change. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin.

Book Chapters

  • Tattersall, A. (2009). Using their Sword of Justice: the NSW Teachers Federation and its campaigns for public education between 2001 and 2004. In Jo McBride and Ian Greenwood (Eds.), Community Unionism: A Comparative Analysis of Concepts and Contexts. Online: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journals

  • Tattersall, A. (2018). How do we build power in coalition? Rethinking union-community coalition types 12 years on. Labour and Industry, 28(1), 68-81. [More Information]
  • Tattersall, A. (2015). The global spread of community organizing: how 'Alinsky-style' community organizing travelled to Australia and what we learnt? Community Development Journal, 50(3), 380-396. [More Information]
  • Tattersall, A. (2009). A Little Help from Our Friends: Exploring and Understanding when Labor-Community Coalitions Are Likely to Form. Labor Studies Journal, 34(4), 485-506. [More Information]
  • Tattersall, A. (2006). Bringing the community in: possibilities for public sector union success through community unionism. International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 6(2/3/4), 186-199.
  • Tattersall, A. (2005). There is Power in Coalition: A framework for assessing how and when union-community coalitions are effective and enhance union power. Labour and Industry, 16(2), 97-112.

Conferences

  • Tattersall, A. (2011). Coalition's as a tool for union revitalisation. 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2011, New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology.
  • Tattersall, A. (2008). When the workplace is not enough: Coalition Unionism, political demands and lessons from public education campaigns in Sydney. The 22nd Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australian and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference. Workers, Corporations and Community: Facing Choices for a Sustainable Future,, Melbourne: La Trobe University.

2018

  • Tattersall, A. (2018). How do we build power in coalition? Rethinking union-community coalition types 12 years on. Labour and Industry, 28(1), 68-81. [More Information]

2015

  • Tattersall, A. (2015). The global spread of community organizing: how 'Alinsky-style' community organizing travelled to Australia and what we learnt? Community Development Journal, 50(3), 380-396. [More Information]

2011

  • Tattersall, A. (2011). Coalition's as a tool for union revitalisation. 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2011, New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology.

2010

  • Tattersall, A. (2010). Power in Coalition: Strategies for Strong Unions and Social Change. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin.

2009

  • Tattersall, A. (2009). A Little Help from Our Friends: Exploring and Understanding when Labor-Community Coalitions Are Likely to Form. Labor Studies Journal, 34(4), 485-506. [More Information]
  • Tattersall, A. (2009). Using their Sword of Justice: the NSW Teachers Federation and its campaigns for public education between 2001 and 2004. In Jo McBride and Ian Greenwood (Eds.), Community Unionism: A Comparative Analysis of Concepts and Contexts. Online: Palgrave Macmillan.

2008

  • Tattersall, A. (2008). When the workplace is not enough: Coalition Unionism, political demands and lessons from public education campaigns in Sydney. The 22nd Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australian and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference. Workers, Corporations and Community: Facing Choices for a Sustainable Future,, Melbourne: La Trobe University.

2006

  • Tattersall, A. (2006). Bringing the community in: possibilities for public sector union success through community unionism. International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 6(2/3/4), 186-199.

2005

  • Tattersall, A. (2005). There is Power in Coalition: A framework for assessing how and when union-community coalitions are effective and enhance union power. Labour and Industry, 16(2), 97-112.

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