2016

Intervention, Prevention and Punishment: Authenticity and capacity in mandated treatment.

The workshop will identify and explore the theories used to support a range of mandated medico-legal interventions such as involuntary detention, compulsory treatment and mandated alcohol rehabilitation. It will identify opportunities for improving the operation of these interventions, and provide recommendations for policy and legal practice that strengthen current policies to support impaired individuals while protecting the public.

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Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Employment

By bringing together prominent scholars and policy analysts from different disciplinary backgrounds, this workshop explores the social impacts of robotics and artificial intelligence on work, employment and unemployment. The Workshop will strengthen Australian research capacity regarding the digital capability and skills of Australian citizens to compete in a global economy increasingly shaped by technological automation.

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The Survey and the State: How social science expertise made the Twentieth Century.

We expect social surveys and other forms of social science research to inform, shape, and critique government and other public policies, but this was not always the case. This workshop brings together scholars from around the world to examine how, when, and why the techniques of social science surveying took on such public prominence, and to consider the effects and legacies of that process.

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Gender, Migration and the Provision of Social Care

The workshop will address the intersections between gender, migration and social care, locating Australian experience in an international context, with particular reference to Canada. It will create policy-focused dialogue between researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Care work is a highly gendered activity, with the vast majority of care workers being women, many of them migrants even though Australia (in contrast to Canada) does not directly recruit unskilled care workers. The workshop will result in clearer conceptualisation of the connections between gender, migration and care. It will identify key implications for policy makers, care recipients and the care workforce. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Global Social Policy.

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The Non-Indigenous responsibility to engage: Scoping reconciliation and its alternatives

This workshop asks whether and how Aboriginal reconciliation in Australia might connect to the attitudes of non-Indigenous people in ways that prompt a deeper engagement with Indigenous needs and aspirations. It will ask invited participants to explore concepts and practices of reconciliation, considering its specific application in the context of Australia and of other nations that have undergone reconciliation processes. The discussions will bring together and complement current research approaches to the problems of responsibility and engagement between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. Contributions made at this workshop will be collated into an edited collection published for professional and scholarly readers.

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Taking stock: The reconfiguration of public housing governance in Australia

Now home to society’s most disadvantaged populations, public housing has long been viewed as a policy problem, yet it is about to undergo a new and radical set of reforms that reconfigure the way public housing is governed – from the state to the private and community sectors. As this reform process begins, it is necessary to ‘take stock’ of existing knowledge of public housing in Australia in order to help understand the likely consequences of these imminent changes. The workshop will provide a forum for researchers to generate new and important questions about the proposed reforms and develop an agenda for future research on them in collaboration with policymakers and practitioners.

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Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

    ABN: 59 957 839 703
  • Location: 26 Balmain Crescent, Acton, ACT 2601
  • Postal: GPO Box 1956, Canberra, ACT 2601
  • +61 .2 62491788
  • +61 .2 62474335
  • secretariat@assa.edu.au

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