Joshua Spier is an educator, researcher, and author who works and lives on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people (Adelaide, Australia). He received his PhD from Flinders University in 2016, and his Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University in 2011.

Joshua is currently an Honorary Research Associate in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University, and is the author of Heidegger and the Lived Experience of Being a University Educator (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

In 2016, Joshua initiated and co-convened the Hermeneutic Phenomenological Research in Practice Conference at Flinders University, and since then, has been collaborating on research and teaching projects at Flinders University and the University of South Australia.

From 2009-2014 he was a Lecturer in the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Youth Work/Counselling) program at Tabor College Adelaide, teaching community development, sociology and youth studies.

Prior to working in higher education, he worked as a community development practitioner across a range of contexts, including local government, community arts and cultural development, youth housing, and international development education.

Joshua is also a piano composer. He started writing songs at a young age, and has released several independent albums.

He is the founder of The Philosophy Exchange, an independent network in Adelaide dedicated to applying continental/political philosophy to our personal and social lives.


Photo: Baxter (William) Wiles


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



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