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The Future Workforce of Australian Social Science

Hosted by The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Two-day workshop – Thursday 24th & Friday 25th July, 2014

The future of the social sciences in Australia depends on the condition of the social science workforce. That workforce is now facing an uncertain future with the changing nature of the Australian university environment. Since the mid-1980s the Austraian university sector has undergone major changes, with restructuring occuring across a range of disciplines. The social sciences have been acutely affected by these processes of institutional change. The globalisation of the Australian economy has forced many Aus-tralian universities to develop an external focus in a bid to attract large cohorts from the international student market and attract international research funding in areas of high media appeal. This shifting strategy and turn to international markets has in many respects diminished opportunities to develop powerful, locally reflective social science research, and professional practice in-formed by local research, at a time when Australia is undergoing rapid change. The continuing vitality of the social sciences is critically im-portant for guiding policy and practice in Australia. Read on…


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