This is a monthly meet-up for the CPOW HDR Network.
This is an initiative to foster community and ongoing collegial support for HDR students affiliated with CPOW. We will continue to hold these events on the last Friday of every month and encourage students who are researching issues of fairness, equality, sustainability and social justice in the world of work to attend. Interested HDR students can email Lauren Gurrieri to be added to this and ongoing CPOW HDR Network events.
Our March event focused on the topic of Career Options Post Submission. Speakers included Dr Fiona McDonald, Dr Elizabeth Tait and Dr Kate Farhall.
About the speakers:
Dr Kate Farhall recently completed a postdoc in the Centre for People, Organisation and Work at RMIT University and now works in government. Her work focuses on using critical feminist analyses to address gender inequality in a range of contexts, with a particular focus on questions of sexuality and violence against women. Kate’s primary research examines how non-metropolitan experiences and geographies impact the intersection of domestic and family violence and work. Her other major projects reflect her expertise in feminist theory, regional perspectives, better work and media analysis.
Dr Fiona Macdonald is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Management. Fiona’s research focuses on three interconnected themes: the changing nature of work and employment relationships; regulating for decent work and gender equality; and the political economy of work. The empirical focus of Fiona’s current research on the social care workforce also brings in her long-standing interest in social policy and welfare systems.
In 2016 Fiona was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to examine the workforce challenges of Australia’s new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Her research has strong policy relevance, and she works closely with industry as well as with national and international networks of employment and care scholars. In 2017, she received the RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research impact – Early Career Researcher. Fiona is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the recently established International Journal of Care and Caring.
Dr Elizabeth Tait is an interdisciplinary academic interested in digital curation, heritage, political participation and the socio-cultural impact of technology. Before joining RMIT in 2018 she worked as a lecturer/senior lecturer at Robert Gordon University in Scotland and a Research Fellow in the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub at the University of Aberdeen.
She is an active researcher and has worked on large multi-partner projects in areas such as: Cultural Heritage, Transport Policy and Labour Market Studies. She has been a chief or co-investigator on research grants from funding bodies such as Horizon 2020, RCUK, INTERREG, Heritage Lottery Fund and ERDF. Elizabeth collaborates extensively with researchers from other disciplines including Computing Science, Communications and Media and Built Environment Visualisation