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Flexible careers: How young women and men expect to share paid work and care over the life course

Paula McDonald was a guest contributor to the blog of the American Sociological Association; sociology on the economy, work and inequality.  To read her article, click here. The article summarises findings from “How flexible are careers in the anticipated life courses of young people” in Human Relations. For a free pre-publication version of the article, click here.

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‘Violence, the body and the spaces of intimate terrorism’ – Professor Jo Little (University of Exeter, UK)

The Work/Industry Futures Research Program hosted a visit by Professor Jo Little (University of Exeter, UK) to QUT. Jo is a Professor of Geography and Gender at the University of Exeter, UK.  She has worked extensively on gender issues in rural communities.  Her earlier work focused on women and rural employment and then on rural gender…

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War on Waste

Carol Richards was an expert advisor on the ABC TV’s program War on Waste which aired in May 2017 – Carol worked with the ABC presenter Craig Reucassel as well as the executive producer and researchers for the segment on food waste caused by supermarket’s strict cosmetic standards. Earlier research on this topic was conducted…

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New research funding – Leadership in Higher Education Teaching and Learning Support: Global Partnerships for Academic Excellence

Prof Abby Cathcart was part of a team who was awarded $150,000.00 in total funding via a grant from the Trade & Investment Queensland International Education and Training (IET) Partnership Fund, with a cash contribution from the UK Higher Education Academy. The research, which will be conducted in 2017-18, will explore Leadership in Higher Education Teaching…

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Black market for unpaid interns

Deanna Grant-Smith was interviewed by a journalist from SmartCompany about small business and unpaid internships: Concerns raised over “black market” for unpaid interns but employers want candidates with “common sense” For more information, contact Deanna Grant-Smith deanna.grantsmith@qut.edu.au.

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New Fair Food Network for Brisbane/SEQ

Carol Richards has co-founded a new community food network following the “Building A Fairer Food System: Community Symposium” (November 2016). The Symposium was organised by Carol and Dr Kiah Smith (UQ) with support from the HPRG Work/Industry Futures group (SoM) and the Global Change Institute (UQ).  The event was attended by over 80 people, who articulated an appetite for…

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Unpaid work experience in Australia

Paula McDonald, with colleagues from the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Adelaide, published a report from a project commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Employment, titled Unpaid work experience in Australia: Prevalence, nature and impact. The research comprised a nationally representative online survey of working-age Australians to examine, for the first time,…

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The impact of professional recognition on early career academics

Abby Cathcart was interviewed in The Australian on her work with the UK Higher Education Academy and the impact of professional recognition on early career academics. The article was titled ‘Universities set new bar for teaching’ and was published on 19 April, 2017.

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How murals helped turn a declining community around

Deanna Grant-Smith co-authored an article in The Conversation on 13 April, 2017 titled “How murals helped turn a declining community around”.

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Read our 2106 Annual Report

This 2016 annual activity report outlines the research and engagement activities and outcomes of the Work/Industry Futures Research Program. Bridging academic and organisational contexts, and with funding and support from organisational partners, grants, councils and the QUT Business School, members have engaged in a broad range of research projects and activities. Throughout the year, the…

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