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Social trends commentator and author


Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australians foremost researchers on social trends and has a background in publishing, academia and politics.

For nearly 9 years Rebecca was the Director of The Mind & Mood Report, Australia's longest running social trends report.

Current Work

Rebecca holds multitude of board and leadership roles. She currently heads Vox Populi research, as part of the CIRCA research group and is on the Advisory Group of MAD Sydney. She is also on the board of The Bell Shakespeare Company and a board member of The Whitlam Institute.

Rebecca co-hosts with Sarah Macdonald a comedy storytelling night and podcast called The Full Catastrophe. The Full Catastrophe is also a book (Hardie Grant, May 2019). She was a presenter of RN Drive on a Friday.

Rebecca is a broadcaster with the ABC and presents The History Listen each week on RN. She also writes The Guardian and co-presented their podcast Common Ground with Lenore Taylor in 2017.

Previous Experience

Research and Education: Rebecca has researched the social and political dimensions of food and cooking throughout her career and has published on this topics in books and articles. She has written and presented two episodes of RN’s Future Tense, on climate change and food and ageing and food. She presented at MAD Syd in 2017 with Rene Redzepi and David Chang. She was an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales.

Author:She is the author of numerous books including Still Lucky: why you should feel optimistic about Australia and its people (Penguin 2017) and Australia Fair: Listen to the Nation, the first Quarterly Essay for 2019. Her next book will be published in 2019 by Murdoch Books on climate change and emotion.

In addition to books, Rebecca has written extensively for essay collections, magazines, newspapers and online publications. She was a feature writer for Australian Vogue and a columnist for BRW and writes a column twice a month for ABC Life.

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