Areas of research

We have particular expertise around two themes which emphasise current trends and future developments in Australian and global environmental, economic and human challenges. These research themes are future of work and organisation, and employability, inclusive education and training. The themes span various topics, further detailed below:

Future of Work and Organisation

Future of Work and Organisation is concerned with the social, economic and cultural inequalities of paid and unpaid employment as they play across national and global scales. Researchers working in this theme examine the lived experiences of work in organisational spaces and how they are experienced in local communities and homes. This work has featured in public symposia, the media, high quality peer-reviewed journals and consultancy reports, and has been acknowledged as having broad organisational and policy impact. Projects in this area include:

Employability, Inclusive Education and Training

Employability is emerging as a dominant theme in employment and education discourses. Employability can be understood as the package of skills, personal attributes, knowledges and experiences that provide an individual access to employment. The concept is generally considered a useful one for understanding the extent to which individuals are adequately prepared to participate in the labour market. However, researchers working in this theme challenge the uncritical adoption of the construct of employability and have contributed to debates on precarious and unpaid work and education, training and skill development. They also take a broad reading of the construct, taking into account social, economic and political contexts, such as local labour market conditions, and the perspectives of employers. This work has featured in public symposia, the media, high quality peer reviewed journals, and consultancy reports. Projects in this area include:

 

 

For more information, read about our current research projects and the social impact of our research.  Also visit our research students page to see the profiles of our higher degree research students.