Dr Joshua Spier was born on Kaurna country (Adelaide) in 1980, where he now lives with his wife and three children.

9783319715155 (3)Josh’s first book, published in February 2018, is titled Heidegger and the Lived Experience of Being a University Educator (Palgrave Macmillan).

His current writing and research projects bring continental philosophical insights to bear on a range of issues in contemporary education, community work and health practice.

Josh is founder of The Philosophy Exchange in Adelaide, facilitating conversations and education for people interested in using philosophy to enrich their individual, professional and collective lives.

He is the founder and co-creative director of Walk and Learn.

Josh’s practice background is in community development, music and community-based education. He is a piano-based singer-songwriter. He started writing songs at a young age, and has released several independent records.  


Photo: Baxter (William) Wiles


  • PhD, School of Education, Flinders University (2016)
  • Master of International and Community Development, Deakin University (2011)
  • BA, Flinders University (2003)

Professional affiliations & memberships

Professional experience

  • External co-supervisor, Susan Furness (PhD), La Trobe University, thesis currently under examination
  • Research Assistant & Co-researcher, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, 2017-present
  • Research Assistant, School of Education, Flinders University, 2015
  • Tutor and guest lecturer, ‘Sociology of Everyday Life’, Flinders University, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Tutor, ‘Teaching Indigenous Australian Students’, Flinders University, 2017
  • Tutor, ‘First People’s Health’, University of South Australia, 2017
  • Tutor, ‘Critical Social Analysis of Health’, Flinders University, 2017
  • ITAS Tutor, ‘Social Policy Practice’, Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS), Flinders University, 2017
  • Lecturer, Course Coordinator & Tutor, ‘Working with Community’, University of South Australia, 2016
  • Lecturer, Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Youth Work & Counselling), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tabor Adelaide, Australia, 2012-2014
  • State Coordinator (South Australia), TEAR Australia, 2008–2011
  • Youth Worker, Supported Accommodation Assistance Program, Baptist Care (SA), 2007
  • Tutor, ‘Issues in Youth Work’, Tabor Adelaide, 2007
  • Recreation, Arts & Cultural Development Officer, Community Development Team, City of West Torrens, 2003–2007
  • Music Festival Coordinator & Venue Manager, Schoolies Festival Victor Harbor, Encounter Youth, 1999-2007


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