Research Engagement

The Centre for Decent Work & Industry actively engages with industry, government departments, non-government organisations and the broader community by pursuing meaningful partnerships in our research, and disseminating research findings through keynotes, invited presentations and seminars, and conference presentations. Below are some examples.

CDWI Director, Robyn Mayes has partnered with LeadershipFIT, a national Indigenous recruitment and career development company on a project that re-imagines community leadership development and advances the leadership aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in community health settings, through Indigenous-led intergenerational knowledge translation mechanisms. The research team are working with LeadershipFit and an Indigenous Community of Practice Group to support the design and implementation of a co-designed evaluation process for the project plus qualitative interviews with a range of stakeholders and a broader stakeholder engagement process.

Deputy Director, Deanna Grant-Smith is a Board Member of the TJ Ryan Foundation, a progressive think tank focusing on Queensland public policy.  This partnership facilitates co-hosted events with the first of 2021 being a public seminar Women and Work to explore the contours of women and work, now and into the future.  The seminar included presentations by Marian Baird, University of Sydney, Linda Colley (Special Commissioner, Equity and Diversity, Public Service Commission), and Centre members Kerrie Sadiq and Robyn Mayes.

Working with Barbara Ryan of The University of Southern Queensland and Maureen Taylor of The University of Technology (Syd), Centre member Kim Johnston is leading a bushfire and natural hazards research project to help emergency management agencies better prepare communities for emergencies.  The project will develop a new framework of community engagement, a method of implementation in a range of community contexts and guidelines to facilitate and sustain community engagement. The long-term benefits will contribute to a continuous improvement model of community engagement for disaster preparedness.

Centre members, Paula McDonald, Robyn Mayes and Penny Williams worked with Professor Andrew Stewart from The University of Adelaide to investigate the organisation of platform work from the perspective of both workers and the intermediaries they use to find work. This project aimed to reveal the characteristics, motivations and relationships between the three central entities which comprise digital platform work: companies which organise work of different skill and scale in the gig economy; end-user individuals and enterprises; and digital platform workers themselves. This research collaboration has contributed to effective policy responses to platform work with respect to labour law, superannuation regulation, organisational policy and social welfare regimes.

QUT Business School hosted a webinar with Centre member, Bree Hurst in conversation with Janelle Weissman, Executive Director UN Women Australia to examine Sustainable Development Goal 5 and what achieving it could mean for Australia’s future.  Audience members were able to participate in a live Q&A session on topics such as modern slavery, gender quotas and what actions Australian businesses are taking to make progress towards gender equality. Watch this in full on Youtube or read the full news story here.