Debates about wellbeing in our society are always lively, especially as greater wealth and greater inequality sit side by side. As the capacity and willingness of community and government to provide support and invest in social sustainability ebbs and flows, members of the Australian Social Policy Association (ASPA) are exceptionally well placed, not only to […]
Over 70 people from diverse backgrounds including the public sector, academia, consulting firms and NGOs were privileged to hear Mary Ann O’Loughlin’s stimulating and provocative lecture at ANU last month. Drawing on her extensive social policy experience in diverse roles and organisations, Mary Ann addressed the question of why, despite decades of action, have we […]
To commemorate the 50th anniversary volume of the Australian Journal of Social Issues ASPA has created the Peter Saunders prize for the best paper published in the journal in a calendar year. The inaugural prize will be awarded at the Australian Social Policy Conference to be hosted in Sydney in September. See next month’s aspa […]
Around 150 people attended a public lecture co-presented by ASPA as part of the University of Sydney’s Big Ideas series last month, where Professor Guy Standing spoke about his new book, A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens. Conference keynotes Standing, who is Professor of Development Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental […]
ASPA is co-presenting ‘Behind the wall’ – a research to practice seminar on domestic violence, Friday 24 April at the Australian Centre for Community Services Research, Flinders University, Adelaide. Speakers include internationally renowned professors Catherine Donovan from the University of Sunderland in England and Margareta Hyden from Linkoping University in Sweden. Referencing Tracy Chapman’s 1988 […]
University of Sydney’s Professor Gabrielle Meagher has co-edited a new book – one that reveals marketisation as a complex and disturbing trend in Australian social policy. Published by Sydney University Press, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy explores marketisation using case studies from community aged care, schooling, migrant skills assessment, retirement incomes, health […]
In July Gabrielle Meagher takes up a new role as professor at Macquarie University’s sociology department. She is currently professor of social policy at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.
The UK Social Policy & Practice database has enhanced its coverage of child research with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children merging its bibliographic database this month. The database was first created in 2005 when the original five UK agencies – each specialists in seeking out high quality reports and research […]