Dr James Freund


Research Interests

I research Earth-human relations, i.e. how and why the actions and worldviews of human organizations and individuals influence the state of the Earth, and vice versa.

These relationships are changing rapidly as organizations and markets continue to grow and integrate globally, and as the impact of humans on the biosphere accumulates, resulting in the onset of a new geophysical time period - the Anthropocene.

I conduct detailed case studies of key institutions and organizations. The image presented by an organization is often dramatically different to images of it created by critics of that organization. Analysis of these image conflicts helps us understand how to make interactions between people, organizations and the biosphere more sustainable.

This trans-disciplinary research combines ontology, Terror Management Theory and the psychodynamics of power.