Associate Professor Kim Humphery is the Director for RMIT's Centre for Applied Social Research
In Kim's previous role as the Deputy Dean of Research in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, he oversaw research activities across the school and supported staff in achieving research goals. He also engaged with the College and RMIT in relation to research strategy and policy. In addition, he supervised postgraduate students, undertook guest lectures and engaged in a range of research and publication projects.
Over the past two decades, Kim developed an international reputation for his work on the history, theorisation and politics of consumption and consumerism. He is known also, particularly in Australia, for his work on the socio-cultural aspects of Indigenous health and the practices of cross-cultural social research.
Kim has both studied and worked at the Universities of Melbourne, Cambridge, Essex, London, Monash, La Trobe and RMIT. His intellectual background is highly interdisciplinary; spanning history, politics, sociology and social and cultural theory. Throughout his work, he has engaged with both ’traditional’, scholarly research and with more applied forms of social and policy research.
Kim's most recent major publication is Excess: Anti-Consumerism in the West (Polity, Cambridge 2010) and he is currently working on a further book on material cultures in Australia. He has now also extended his work to the area of sustainable and responsible consumption, and in 2010 Kim was a Visiting Fellow at the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester.
- For Shelf Life (CUP, 1998): ’Special Mention’ in the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies National Awards 1998 for ’An Outstanding Contribution to Australian Culture’.
- For Shelf Life (CUP, 1998): ’Highly Commended’, W.K. Hancock Award 2000, Australian Historical Association.
- RMIT Research Award 2003, with Paul James
- RMIT Research Award, 2004
Honorary and Visiting Fellowships
- Honorary Visiting Fellow, ESCRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester, September 2010 to December 2010
- Honorary Visiting Fellow, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester, September 2010 to January 2011
- Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Health and Society, University of Melbourne; 2002-2008
- Honorary Fellow, Department of History, University of Melbourne; 2000-2007
Kim is a registered research supervisor and his areas of supervision include:
- The history, theorisation and politics of consumption, consumerism and materialism.
- The contemporary analysis of material cultures and practices.
- The history of and contemporary approaches to Indigenous health and wellbeing.
- The history and ethics of cross-cultural research practices, particularly in Australia.
- PhD, Melbourne
- MPhil, Cambridge
- MA (Hons), Melbourne
- BA (Hons), Melbourne
- Humphery, K. (2013). The time of consumption In: Culture of the Slow: Social Deceleration in an Accelerated World, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, United Kingdom
- Humphery, K. (2011). The simple and the good: Ethical consumption as anti-consumerism In: Ethical Consumption: A Critical Introduction, Routledge, London
- Humphery, K. (2010). Excess: Anti-Consumerism in the West, Polity Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom
- Scerri, A.,James, P.,Humphery, K.,Mulligan, M. (2009). Towards meaningful indicators of wellbeing: Community arts, inclusion and avowal in local-global relationships In: Leisure and Tourism: International Perspectives on Cultural Practice, Leisure Studies Association, Liverpool, United Kingdom
- Humphery, K. (2008). Beyond borders: The politics and place of the global shop In: Lived Experiences of Public Consumption: Encounters with Value in Marketplaces on Five Continents, Palgrave-Macmillan, London
- Humphery, K. (2008). Conceptualisations of consumerism in the new politics of consumption In: ICAR Conference 2008 Proceedings, Sydney, NSW, 3-5 December 2008
- Humphery, K. (2007). Really modern retailing In: Food: Critical concepts in the social sciences Volume II Material aspects of food, Routledge, London
- Humphery, K. (2006). Culture blindness? Aboriginal health, 'patient non-compliance' and the conceptualisation of difference in Australia's Northern Territory In: Indigenous Peoples and Diabetes: Community Empowerment and Wellness, Carolina Academic Press, Durham, US
- Humphery, K. (2006). The Global Shop In: Annual Conference Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association 2006, , 4-7 December 2006
- Humphery, K. (2005). Consumerism as disease: Rethinking overconsumption and affluenza In: Proceedings, 6th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production, , 10-12 October 2005
- Art-based social enterprise and marginalised young people's transitions. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2020)
- The rise of ethical consumption in Australia: from the margins to the mainstream. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2013 from (2013 to 2015)
- Consumerism after the GC: Public Responses, Theoretical Considerations. Funded by: RMIT Research Leave Awards from (2010 to 2010)
- Anti-Consumerism in the Contemporary West. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2004 from (2004 to 2007)
- The Wellbeing of Communities: Cultural Activities, Social Health and Community Sustainability.. Funded by: ARC Linkage Projects 2003 Round 2 from (2003 to 2006)
3 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions4 PhD Completions