Delighted to embark on an exciting research-only period over the next six months. From January to June 2017 I will continue working on projects related to my ARC-Discovery grant on the intergenerational effects of joblessness at the Nuffield College and the Department of Sociology at Oxford University. Amongst my collaborators will be Professor Melinda Mills who is renowned for her ground-breaking research on fertility behaviour, partnership status and assortative mating.
Through a competitive grant from the School of Social and Political Sciences that I obtained together with scholars from the Brotherhood of St Laurence, a successful 2-day seminar was organised. The seminar titled "Beyond the Gig Economy" brought together Australian and international academics as well as senior figures from civil society, government, unions and business to tackle the question of how to ensure economic security for the most disadvantaged in the face of the changing nature of work, demographic, social, political and economic change. Read more about the speakers and the program here.
The fruitful collaboration and research engagement with colleagues from the Melbourne Institute of Applied and Economic Research over the past three years has been recognised through an honorary appointment as Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Institute. Delighted and fortunate to be part of this fantastic team which houses many renowned Australian and international academic scholars.
The paper on "Casual employment and Long-term Wage Outcomes" was presented at the Research Committee 28 (RC 28), of the International Sociological Association in Singapore in May 2016. This paper will appear at the renowned journal of Human Relations in 2017. A joint paper with researchers from the Melbourne Institute on "The Impact of Recessions on Initial Job Attainment: The Role of Institutions, Family Income and Education Level" was presented by Ms. E. Porter at the RC 28 in Bern in August 2016.
Finally, results from the most recent analyses on our family joblessness project were presented in Canberra at the Longitudinal Data Conference. For more information on the conference presentations, see my CV here.
Together with Professor Mark Wooden of Melbourne Institute and Professor Tim F. Liao of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign we have been awarded a 4-year research grant from the Austrial Research Council (DP 160101063). Our project aims to unpack the mechanisms, channels, factors that drive joblessness from one generation to the next in Australia and across Europe, Asia and United States. By creating a rich longitudinal dataset on families across the selected countries we challenge existing theories by asking whether aspects of family’s work-welfare trajectories, values and dynamics play out differently across multiple nations, over time and in different labour market, institutional and family contexts. More details about the project can be found here.
Amazing teaching experience in Indonesida as part of our inter-institutional collaboration. The subject Comparative Social Policy was offered intensively at the University of Gadja Madda in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
1st International Conference of the ARC Centre of Excellence
During an inspiring week full of research activities, we were invited to present our paper "The Rise of Mothers" (with Harry Ganzeboom) at Family Dynamics Symposium organized by the ARC Centre of Excellence on Life Courses.
Professor Judith Treas, University of California Irvine and Professor Michelle Budig, University of Massachusetts - two renowned scholars in family research - address this question in our public lecture (October 22nd). They describe the intended and unintended consequences of these policies in a range of countries with different family policy regimes.
Workshop funding received (AUD 15,000) from the School of Social and Political Sciences to organize an international workshop that links work/family scholars from the SSPS with international scholars from Universities in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia (with dr. Leah Ruppanner). The 3-day workshop to be held in November 2015, will present research that investigates how changes over time in work/family attitudes influence the way in which partners interpret, negotiate and organize their work and household labour.
Workshop funding received (AUD 7,000) from the School of Social and Political Sciences to organize and offer a workshop on Spatial Analysis (with dr. Leah Ruppanner). The 2-day workshop will be offered in July 2015 and present information on current challenges and techniques of spatial analysis. This will include, but not be limited to, the use of Geographical Information System (GIS) Software, current issues requiring spatial analysis, and outlets for GIS research. The workshop will be taught by Dr. Georgiana Bostean, Assistant Professor of Environment, Health Science, and Sociology at Chapman University in California, United States.
Recently I have been appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow of the newly established Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. The Life Course Centre includes leading Australian and international researchers from Melbourne University, the Universities of Queensland, Western Australia, and Sydney as well as inernational experts from Harvard, Chicago, Singapore, Essex and many more partners. The Centre tackles the problem of deep and persistent disadvantage, which is characterised by the spread of social and economic poverty within families and across generations despite overall improvements in the broader society.
As part of a faculty research grant that I was awarded in 2013, a research contract between the University of Melbourne and the Central Bureau of Statistics in the Netherlands has been initiated to investigate the Intergenerational Transmission of Benefit Dependence in both countries.
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