Dr Marcus Bussey

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Dr Marcus Bussey


Teaching areas

  • World History
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Futures Studies

Research areas

  • heritage futures
  • culture and history
  • anticipatory action learning
  • causal layered analysis
  • macrohistory and social change
  • futures studies including educational futures, youth futures, sustainable futures, business futures, futures of the Arts
  • social theory
  • post-structuralism (focus on Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and Judith Butler)
  • post-colonialism (focus on Ashis Nandy, Ananta Kumar Giri, Ranajit Guha, Ziauddin Sardar and Vinay Lal)
  • sustainability and adaptive capacity

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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

In 2013, Marcus became a member of the Union of International Associations (UIA), a research institute and documentation centre based in Brussels. It was founded in 1907, by Henri La Fontaine (Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 1913), and Paul Otlet, a founding father of what is now called information science. The UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907. Membership is by invitation only.

Marcus is also an accomplished musician with 4 CDs to his credit and he uses the Suzuki method to teach classical guitar. He has authored over 70 articles, book chapters and an encyclopedia entry. He has co-edited both 'Neohumanist Educational Futures: Liberating the Pedagogical Intellect' (Tamkang University Press: 2006) and 'Alternative Educational Futures: Pedagogies for Emergent Worlds' (Sense Publishers, 2008) with Sohail Inayatullah and Ivana Milojevic, and co-authored 'Futures Thinking for Social Foresight' with Richard Slaughter (2005). Furthermore, he co-edited with Jennifer Fitzgerald the book 'Fire in Our Eyes, Flowers in Our Hearts: Tantric Women Tell Their Stories' (Gurukula Press, 2007). Marcus recently published his first book of poetry entitled 'Clare and Francis: Conversations of Divine Love' (Blue Dolphin Publishing, 2012).

Marcus is a member of the Vice Chancellor's Art Advisory Committee at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is also a member of both the Arts Research in Creative Humanities research cluster and the Sustainability Research Centre at USC.

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Professional memberships

  • Teach the Future
  • Queensland Suzuki Music Teachers Association
  • Australasian Democratic Education Community
  • World Futures Study Federation
  • Foresight Education and Research Network (FERN)
  • International Advisory Board, Regional Centre of Expertise, West Swede
  • Honorary Member, Humanimal Earth Lartigau Project
  • Member, Union of International Associations
  • Board Member, Ananda Marga Gurukula
  • Advisory Board Member, Swami Vivekananda University of Social Work and Social Transformation
  • Member, Editorial Board, 'The Journal of Futures Studies'
  • Member, Editorial Board, 'On the Horizons'
  • Member, Editorial Board, 'Social Alternatives'
  • Member, School Board,  Montessori International College, Buderim, Queensland, Australia
  • Member, School Board, Blackall Range Independent School, Kureelpa, Queensland, Australia

Awards and Fellowships

  • Advance Award: Advancing Quality Teaching, 2014, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Taiwan Fellow 2014: Engineering for the Futures of Taiwan
  • Visiting Fellow (2012–2013) at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in the Centre for Excellence in National Security, Singapore
  • Research Fellow in Regional Futures (2009–2011)  at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sustainability Research Centre
  • Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence (2010) for his paper : ‘Six Shamanic Concepts: Charting the between in futures work in the journal foresight (2009) 11(2), pp: 29–42

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Potential research projects for HDR and Honours Students

Futures Studies

  • Educational Futures
  • Transformative Pedagogies
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Social Learning and Cultural Addiction
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Hope and Embodied Social Action
  • Creativity and Culture
  • Poststructural Encounters
  • Practical Spirituality
  • Causal Layered Analysis
  • Proutist Futures
  • Neohumanist Futures

World History

  • Macrohistory and Macrohistorians
  • Social Cycles
  • World Historical Processes
  • Civilisation and Paradigm Shift
  • Historiography
  • Hegemony and Social Change
  • Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar
  • Art/Music History

Research grants


Project name        Investigators Funding body    Year Focus


Engineering for the Futures of Taiwan

Dr Marcus Bussey  Taiwanese Fellowship (A$9,337.43)  2014  Introduces futures thinking to first year engineering students in order to foster an identity around engineering that is less utilitarian and more conscious of the role an engineer plays in society and the manifestation and shaping of its values.

Earth, Wood and Fire: A Dragon Kiln Story – From Industry to Community Arts

Dr Marcus Bussey Singapore Heritage Participation Grant (National Heritage Board) (A$37,652.42) 2014 Tracks in word and image the transition of Singapore from a manufacturing centre to a post industrial city though the story of the Thow Kwang dragon kiln and the artistic community that has evolved around it.

Postdoctoral researcher in South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative

Dr Marcus Bussey SEQCAR 2009–2011  


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