Kim is Associate Professor of History and Social Theory in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and currently a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Sussex.
Kim Humphery has 30 years experience in academic teaching, research and senior leadership and has studied and/or worked at a number of universities in Australia and the UK. She holds degrees in politics, social theory and history, and her disciplinary affiliation is predominantly in sociology. Over the past decade at RMIT Kim has occupied senior leadership roles at both school and college levels – as an Associate Dean, Deputy Dean and Centre Director. She is on extended research leave in 2017 and is currently a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK.
Over the last three decades Kim has coordinated and taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels – in politics, sociology, social & cultural theory, history, and social research methods. She also has extensive higher degree by research experience as both a supervisor and examiner and places great emphasis on student supervision and collegial mentorship as a major part of her academic role.
Since the mid-1990s Kim has developed a national profile for her socio-cultural work in Indigenous health and cross-cultural research ethics. This work has involved extensive and respectful collaboration with Indigenous communities and organisations. Internationally, however, Kim is best known for her work in the history, sociology and politics of consumption, and has published extensively in this field. Since 2004, she has been a Chief Investigator on four Australian Research Council grants and has held visiting research positions at the University of Manchester, King's College London and the University of Sussex. Most recently, Kim has returned to researching theories of gender (an earlier area of interest) and – as one of Australia's increasing number of trans academics – to engaging with the burgeoning field of transgender studies.
Humphery, Kim. Excess: Anti-consumerism in the West, Polity, Cambridge, 2010. 264pp. (Softback, ISBN: 9780745645414; Hardback, ISBN: 9780745645407).
Humphery, Kim, Weeramanthri, Tarun, and Fitz, Joe. Forgetting Compliance: Aboriginal Health and Medical Culture, Charles Darwin University Press (NTU Press), Darwin, 2001, 122pp. (ISBN 18762485992001).
Humphery, Kim, Shelf Life: Supermarkets and the Changing Cultures Consumption, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1998, 280pp. (Hardback, ISBN: 0521623162; Softback, ISBN: 0521626307; re-released 2011).
Recent chapters and articles
Humphery, K, 'Anti-Consumerism as Social Movement', in Oxford Handbook of Consumption, Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2018)
Humphery, K. ‘The Accidental Enterprise: Ethical Consumption as Commerce’, Geoforum, 85, 2017, pp.92-100.
Humphery K and Jordan T. ‘Mobile Moralities: Ethical Consumption in the Digital Realm’, Journal of Consumer Culture, 2016 (Online First).
Humphery, K, ‘Can we Buy a Better World? : Ethical Consumption and the Critical Social Sciences’ in D.Shaw, A. Chatzidakis and M. Carrington (eds) Ethics and Morality in Consumption: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Routledge, London, 2016, pp.138-152.
Humphery, K. ‘The Time of Consumption’, in Nicholas Osbaldiston (ed), The Culture of Slow, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2013, pp.19-33.
Humphery, K. ‘The Simple and the Good: Ethical Consumption as Anti-Consumerism’, in Tania Lewis and Emily Potter (eds) Ethical Consumption: A Critical Introduction, Routledge, London, 2011, pp.40-53
Humphery, K. ‘Possession Island: Materialism in Colonial and Contemporary Australia’, in Crawford, Robert, Smart, Judith and Humphery, Kim (eds) Consumer Australia: Historical Perspectives, Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2010, pp.197-208.
- Ph.D, (Melbourne)
- M.Phil, (Cambridge)
- MA (Hons), (Melbourne)
- BA (Hons), (Melbourne)
- Humphery, K.,Jordan, T. (2018). Mobile moralities: Ethical consumption in the digital realm In: Journal of Consumer Culture, 18, 520 - 538
- Humphery, K. (2017). The accidental enterprise: Ethical consumption as commerce In: Geoforum, 85, 92 - 100
- 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). The Global Shop In: Annual Conference Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association 2006, , 4-7 December 2006
- How art-based social enterprise helps marginalised young people. Funded by: 010-ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2021)
- The rise of ethical consumption in Australia: from the margins to the mainstream. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2013 from (2013 to 2020)
- 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)
5 PhD Completions5 PhD Current Supervisions