Posts for 2016

Just Work in the Digital Economy

Rapid technological innovation is fundamentally changing the nature of work, with significant implications for individuals, organisations and societies. In this symposium, QUT researchers from the Work/Industry Futures Research Program (QUT Business School), Digital Media Research Centre (Creative Industries Faculty) and Intellectual…

Divestment and social change

Shen Narayanasamy, founder of No Business in Abuse and guest speaker on ABC’s Q&A program was amongst the high calibre presenters at this Divestment symposium, which was a collaboration between Carol Richards, Robyn Mayes and Prof Matthew Rimmer (QUT Faculty of Law). The forum explored the social, financial and legal debates regarding…

Young people don't expect to rely on 'bank of mum and dad'

Dr Deanna-Grant Smith and Prof Paula McDonald contributed to an article published in The Conversation on the 19th of October, 2016 Young people don’t expect to rely on the ‘bank of mum and dad’: study.  Click here to read the full article…

Why is sexual harassment in the Australian Federal Police systemic?

Prof Paula McDonald’s article ‘Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic?  And can the culture be changed? published in The Conversation on 25th August, 2016 discusses what makes sexual harassment systemic, and how the AFP and other organisations can achieve the cultural reform needed to respond adequately.  Click here to read the…

Profiling employees online

Prof Paula McDonald was interviewed by Eleanor Hall (ABC Radio National) for  ‘The World Today’ program on 29 August, 2016 about the use of social media in the workplace. Kelly Higgins-Devine from 612 ABC Brisbane also spoke to Paula about online profiling, and the blurring of lines between public and private life. To read more, click

Joint initiatives

Professor Abby Cathcart (left) visited Suranaree University in Thailand as part of a joint initiative with the Higher Education Academy (HEA). She explored scholarly approaches to teaching and helped the university gain accreditation for their academic development programs…

"Uber and Out?" Regulating work in the gig economy

On 4 August, 2016 there was a seminar hosted by the Work/Industry Futures Research Program and the Intellectual Property and Innovation Research Program (QUT Faculty of Law). The guest speaker, Professor Andrew Stewart (University of Adelaide), presented “Uber and Out? Regulating Work in the Gig Economy”. A growing number of Australians…

The growing cost of internships could add to inequality

Prof Paula McDonald, Dr Damian Oliver (University of Technology Sydney), and Dr Deanna Grant-Smith wrote an article for The Conversation on internships and unpaid work. To read the full article “The growing cost of internships could add to inequality” published on June 20, 2016 click here

Migrant Labour Symposium

The ‘Social Dimensions of Migrant Labour’ symposium was held on 3rd February, 2016 at the QUT Gardens Point Campus, bringing together researchers and practitioners with an interest in the social dimensions of labour migration. The presentations and workshop discussions generated a rich understanding of the experiences of migrant workers…

Sexual harassment in sports medicine

In February 2016, Professor Paula McDonald presented an invited seminar at the Australasian College of Sports Physicians annual conference at the Marriott Hotel Gold Coast. The address was titled “Not just bad apples: Sexual harassment in sports medicine”.  In this presentation she made the case that the sexual harassment of women and…