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Michael Leahy

Over the past two years I have worked (as a volunteer) on a number of grassroots environmental campaigns, predominantly with I assisted with the Pollution Free Politics and Mana Moana campaigns before taking on the Training Coordinator role for the Power For Change campaign. These roles involved organising training workshops, strategy development, actions planning and coordination, and holding community meetings.

I’m currently working part-time as a Producer with Seven Network and studying a Master of Political Economy. My research is focused on the study of social movements from a political economy perspective. I am particularly interested in the potential for social movements to influence the Australian political economy through the reframing of norms, values and perceptions.

Earlier this year I began volunteering with Repower Sydney to help launch a grassroots campaign in Coogee. Our goal is to use people power to pressure state MPs into adopting a more ambitious renewable energy target. As it is early days, our focus has been on strategy and building our supporter base in Coogee.