Marcus Bussey

Dr Marcus Bussey is an educator and futurist with more than 30 years experience. He has taught widely throughout Australia having spent 5 years at a yoga based neohumanist school, 4 years in an urban community school run by a parent cooperative, 7 years in Montessori primary and high schools, and 10 years at USC where he currently teaches world history and futures studies and coordinates the graduate program in Futures Studies. Marcus has recently been awarded a Taiwan Fellowship for 2014. This fellowship will allow him to work with colleagues at Tamkang University and the National Taiwan University on developing futures thinking in undergraduate engineering students. This is a yearlong project that will explore the role of engineering in Taiwan’s future.

Marcus has presented papers on education, social change and community engagement in Taiwan, Croatia, Israel, India, Sweden, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Finland, Denmark, France and the US. In 2003, he completed a pilot study for the Queensland Department of Families as part of their project ’Queensland 2020: a State for All Ages’. This included a stimulus paper and 20-minute video, both entitled ’Youth Voices: Young Queenslander’s Values in a Time of Structural Ageing’. In 2010 Marcus led the report ’Societal Responses to Significant Change for the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative’ (SEQCARI), a research collaboration between CSIRO, Griffith University, University of Queensland and USC.

Marcus is Discipline Head for the History component of the Bachelor of Arts and teaches courses in World History, Australian Popular Culture and Historiography in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law at USC. He is also a researcher involved with USC’s Sustainability Research Centre (SRC). Core interests are social learning and adaptive capacity in which all theory is grounded in practice and hope is built into all research premises and processes. He is interested in the intersection of cultures and their languages and loves to run anticipatory workshops that build personal agency and capacity along with inclusivity and a tolerance for complexity, chaos and open ended processes (rather than answers). He is committed to also developing via such approaches the theoretical confidence to advocate for these in professional and community contexts.

Marcus Bussey has forged collaborative partnerships with colleagues focused on social sustainability, educational and institutional innovation. He works regularly with the following institutions:

  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • University West, Trollhättan, Sweden
  • Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India
  • Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan
  • De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines


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