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August 26 2008

Women key to social fabric of rural communities

Professor Daniela StehlikClimate change is having an impact on rural and regional communities, threatening their very survival. So what are the challenges facing women in these communities and how can they contribute to an adaptive and resilient society?

Professor Daniela Stehlik explores how the experiences of Australian women, particularly from rural and regional Australia, contribute to a deeper understanding of the challenges ahead for Australia’s environment in this year’s Clare Burton Memorial Lecture.

Hosted by UniSA, the lunchtime lecture Australian women: still flourishing in a changing environment, will be held in the Bradley Forum at UniSA’s City West campus on Friday September 12.

Prof Stehlik’s presentation, the tenth lecture in the annual Clare Burton Memorial Series, will reflect on a decade of significant change in Australia and explain that the ways in which women experience and respond to the resulting fragmentation, now an issue of global significance, can be considered a positive and important catalyst for all.

Prof Stehlik’s is one of Australia's leading social scientists working at the intersections of resiliency, human service practice and social cohesion focusing on families and communities in regional and rural Australia.

Over the past twenty years her research has focused on the generative capacity of women’s energy and enthusiasm as practitioners, volunteers and community members as an important component of community resiliency.

Prof Stehlik is currently jointly leading a five-year international program of conservation and sustainability research, with a specific interest in the impacts of intergenerational change of peri-urban pressures and land use change.

She is the inaugural Director of the Alcoa Research Centre for Stronger Communities at Curtin University of Technology and in April 2008 was a member of the 2020 Summit’s Community, Family and Social Inclusion Stream.

The Clare Burton Memorial Lecture honours the significant contribution made by the late Clare Burton to gender equity and organisational change in higher education and her passion for justice and equality.

The lecture series will be presented at each of the ATN Universities and is part of the Women in Leadership program at UniSA.

Proceeds from this event are donated to the Clare Burton Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Clare Burton Memorial Lecture 2008 - Professor Daniela Stehlik

When: Friday September 12, 12-2pm

Where: Bradley Forum, Level 5 Hawke Building, City West campus, University of South Australia

RSVP: Monday September 1

To register contact:
Kerry McLaren office (08) 8302 1835 email kerry.mclaren@unisa.edu.au
Lyn Browning office (08) 8302 1729 email lyn.browing@unisa.edu.au

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