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Centre for Work + Life 2007 events


Whose security? Women, war and meeting needs

Prof Elisabeth Porter, Friday 26 October. This seminar examined four things. First, it provided background on why consideration of women's security is linked to work and life issues. Second, it outlined the global momentum that led to the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on 'Women, Peace and Security'. Third, it outlined remaining challenges, particularly women's absence or marginalisation from official peace processes, negotiating tables and decision-making opportunities. Fourth, it offered some positive examples of how 1325 is making a difference in increasing the representation of women. The general argument was that gender equality, gender justice and women's rights are central to the reconstruction of countries emerging from conflict and insecurity. The seminar built on Lis's newly published book, Peacebuilding: women in international perspective (Routledge, London & New York, 2007).

Low pay in a prosperous land

Dr Helen Masterman-Smith, Friday 12 October. This presentation outlined the findings of a three-year study into how low pay affects the recipients, those who live with them, and the communities in which they live. Helen's PowerPoint presentation (1.36 MB)

Coalition unionism: a comparative analysis of long-term coalitions in three countries

Amanda Tattersall, University of Sydney and Working NSW, Friday 5 October. Whether in Unions@Work or the US Union Cities program, coalitions have been held up as one feature of a union renewal agenda. Yet the question of how and when coalitions are likely to deliver social change or transform unions receives limited attention. This presentation reviewed long-term coalitions in Canada, the United States and Australia, for the purpose of identifying common elements of coalitions and common measures for understanding how coalitions can enhance the ability of unions to influence decision makers, shift the political climate, sustain relationships with other organisations and enhance their internal capacity by increasing the engagement and participation of their members. Amanda Tattersall is both an academic and an organiser. She has completed a PhD on coalition unionism at the University of Sydney and published academic articles on this area. She is also a union and community organiser, and now the executive director of Working NSW, a new coalitions centre established by Unions NSW.

Our Work ... Our Lives 2007

National Conference on Women and Industrial Relations, 20–21 September 2007

Proudly presented by South Australian Working Women's Centre and the University of South Australia 

Margaret HallockLeading and managing university research centres: lessons learned from US experience

Prof Margaret Hallock, Wednesday 19 September 2007. What good are university research centres?  How can progressives launch research and policy that can make a difference? We discussed issues such as the structure of centres, strategy, dealing with the university as an institution, and external supports than can help. The presenter has experience in leading two centres at the University of Oregon, one of which she founded and still co-directs.

Margaret Hallock's PowerPoint presentation (141 kb)

Researching teachers' work

Assoc Prof Robert Hattam, Friday 17 August 2007

What should the next federal government do about work and family in Australia? Policy ideas for a changing workforce

Prof Barbara Pocock, Friday 3 August 2007. In the year of a federal election this presentation reflected on what a new government might do over a three-year period to advance work and family issues.

Work–family policy and work–family conflict in the Malaysian private sector: a preliminary study

Zaiton Hassan, Friday 22 June 2007. Zaiton Hassan is a PhD student at the Centre for Applied Psychological Research, School of Psychology, UniSA. Her research topic is socio-cultural influences on work–life balance and its impact on work and life satisfaction among Malaysian employees.

Learning not to be a nosey 'white': researching union relations with Aboriginal workers

Jude Elton, Friday 15 June 2007

'Building community': physical and social infrastructure in the master planned community

Dr Pip Williams, Friday 18 May 2007. This presentation discussed the physical and social infrastructure that needs to exist for community to evolve in a new development, and in particular how physical and social infrastructures facilitate or impede the positive interaction of work, home and community. In November 2007 Pip Williams gave an updated version of this presentation to the State of Australian Cities Conference: '"Building community": physical and social infrastructure in the master planned community – preliminary findings from the Work, Home and Communities Project' (PowerPoint 1.82 MB).
 

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