2011

Australian women’s non-government organisations and government – an evolving relationship?

The theme of the workshop is of central relevance to current governance research on community engagement in policy development and the relationship between such engagement and ‘evidence-based’ policy. Although there is an existing literature on gender assessment within the policy process and an increasing body of literature on the history of WNGO engagement with governments, these have not been brought together systematically.

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Religion and social policy in Australia and neighbouring countries

This workshop will adopt a multi-disciplinary, multi-national, multi-level perspective to examine the role of religious organisations in social policy formulation in Australia and several of its neighbours in order to better understand how religion and social policy intersect in different national, religious and policy contexts. The workshop will bring together academics from a range of disciplines with expertise in social policy and knowledge of the role that religion plays in different national and policy settings. It will engage with members of leading Australian faith-based NGOs to discuss the practical dimensions of the role of religion in social policy by drawing on regional NGO experience.

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Family, work and wellbeing over the life course

This workshop will bring together Australian researchers who adopt a longitudinal and life course approach to examining work, family and well being. It will be organized around 3 stages of the life course: the transition to adulthood (18 – 30); mid-life (30 – 50); and older Australians (50+).

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Cultures of humanitarianism Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific region

The central theme of the workshop is the exploration of how various governmental and non-governmental actors in these countries (Australia, Japan, China and Indonesia) understand the nature of humanitarian obligations, and how they believe these obligations should be acted upon in responding to humanitarian emergencies. This entails comparing and contrasting of how these actors’ understandings of the humanitarian imperatives are expressed in responses to three key questions: Who acts in response to humanitarian crises? why do they act? and how do they act?

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Neurolaw in Australia Revealing the hidden impact of neuroscience and behavioural genetics on Australian law

To bring Australian researchers and practitioners up to speed on the complex issues involved, and to give them an opportunity to develop a rigorous Australian neurolaw research agenda, the proposed workshop will be co-funded by the University of Queensland and Macquarie University. This will enable us to bring several leading experts from around the world to Australia into a setting where participants will focus on discussing current work in neurolaw and on identifying neurolaw issues relevant to the Australian context.

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Australian state politics and policy in transition The case of NSW

The workshop will comprise eight sessions based around sub-themes. For all sessions, presenters will have prepared advanced drafts of papers, copied and distributed beforehand to all participants. Presenters will speak to their papers, briefly identifying the major points and arguments. A discussant will be appointed for each session and will highlight commonalities, differences and issues raised in the papers, before opening discussion to other participants. All participants will be expected to attend all sessions to to engage constructively with presenters.

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Australian and international perspectives on the cosmopolitan civil sphere

This workshop is one of five workshops funded under ASSA’s International Science Linkage (ISL) program in 2010-11. ASSA’s ISL Workshop program was funded by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and administered by the Academy, with the aim of promoting access to and participation by Australian social researchers in strategically focussed, leading edge, international researchers and their research findings and increasing strategic alliances between Australian and overseas social science researchers and institutions.

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Work and employment relations in an era of global change

In some developed market economies, long established social partnerships between unions and management, based on collective bargaining, have been replaced by individual contracts which have been unilaterally determined by employers, while in other economies social partnerships are being developed or remade. Many newly industrializing economies are experimenting with new forms of employee representation and establishing labour market institutions for the first time.

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Whither Australia’s children’s courts? Contemporary challenges and future prospects

The aim of the workshop is to allow the participating researchers from all Australian jurisdictions to meet and exchange ideas concerning their findings in order to achieve five major objectives: to review the research findings, to identify and prioritize the policy,to undertake the detailed planning for the scholarly outputs of the study,to develop a research dissemination strategy and to identify future research directions.

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