Posts for 2016

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Read our 2016 Annual Report

This 2016 annual activity report outlines the research, engagement activities and outcomes of the Work/Industry Futures Research Program in 2016.

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Sticking together: Supporting the employability of Australian youth

Katherine Moore, Deanna Grant-Smith and Paula McDonald co-authored a report for SYC and Job Prospects, Sticking together: Supporting the employability of Australian Youth.

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Women in planning

Dr Deanna Grant-Smith is a Committee Member for The Women in Planning Symposium which was held on Thursday 29th September, 2016 at The Shore Restaurant (South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland). This symposium emerges out of a longstanding interest into the role and stories of leading female researchers and professionals working in the planning…

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Early childhood educators rely on families to prop up low income

Paula McDonald, Professor Karen Thorpe (Faculty of Health, QUT) and Associate Professor Susan Irvine (Faculty of Education, QUT) wrote an article for The Conversation, Early childhood educators rely on families to prop up low income, research finds, November 2016.

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Does profiling employees online overstep the boundaries?

The London School of Economics Business Review Blog and HC Online reported on Paula McDonald’s research (with Professor Paul Thompson, University of Sterling, UK, and Dr Peter O’Connor, QUT) on employer profiling Does profiling employees online overstep the boundaries.

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Social licence to operate: Australian Meat Processing Corporation Conference

In November, 2016 Bree Devin presented on social licence to operate at the Australian Meat Processing Corporation (AMPC) Conference in Sydney. The conference theme focused on ‘The Vital Ingredient: processing and its role in a sustainable red meat industry’. It covered strategic risks facing the Australian red meat industry,…

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Atypical sexual harassment (where men harass men and women harass men)

Paula McDonald’s research (with Sara Charlesworth, RMIT) on atypical sexual harassment (where men harass men and women harass men) was reported in March on a US based sociology blog called Work in Progress: Sexual harassment at work is only about men targeting women and on the London School of Economics Business Review Blog: Men are

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Fair Food Symposium

Over 80 members of the public attended this event which was held in November, 2016 at the Brisbane Square Library and hosted by Carol Richards and Dr Kiah Smith (UQ). The symposium featured ‘lightening talks’ by 14 speakers, including small food businesses, NGOs, academics, food activists, nutritionists and a farmer. Covering a range of…

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The fight for safe factories

How can we understand the global supply chains that brings us products like branded jeans and iPhones? A recent talk at QUT examined the extent and success of initiatives implemented since the Rana Plaza incident. Rana Plaza and beyond

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Early childhood education and care (ECEC) conference

In May 2016 we hosted the ECEC Workforce Development Policy Workshop, which offered over 60 participants the chance to share initial findings from the National ECEC Workforce Study and collaboratively explore policy and practice ideas.