Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work
The Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work (CSOW) brings together social science research expertise across the RMIT College of Business and other areas of the University.
The Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work promotes and facilitates social science research in these areas and encourages theoretically informed analyses that lay the foundation for evidence-based policy and practice.
The centre has an interdisciplinary focus, covering employment relations, organisational studies, industrial relations, gender studies, globalisation and logistics, business and labour history, political economy and sociology, with particular attention given to the Asia Pacific Region.
What we do…
Research in the Centre is theoretical and empirical developing studies of people in the context of social, economic and organisational social change.
The Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work…
- identifies and develops programs of research
- develops research capacity through the creation of research clusters, mentoring junior staff, post-doctoral fellowships and doctoral candidates
- organises and facilitates debate and discussion on areas of political and public concern
- provides advisory and consultancy services to public agencies, corporations, labour organisations and non-governmental agencies
- promulgates its work through publications, seminars and conferences.
The Centre develops theoretically informed analyses that lay the foundation for evidence-based policy and practice. A distinctive feature of this research program is its historical and comparative reference.
The Centre's activities…
Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work
With the theme: ‘Communicating Our Research’, active Researchers from the Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work will lead a discussion about the ways in which they develop their research outputs.
Sustainable Forum on Designing business, government and society in a shifting geopolitical order
Director of the Centre Prof Peter Fairbrother welcomed the audience. Chaired by the Cluster Coordinator Assoc Prof Sharif As-Saber, Keynote speech was delivered by Prof Paul James, Director of the RMIT Global Cities Institute on “Despite the Contradictions and Tensions: Bringing Business, Government and Civil Society Together'.
Forum reflects on Bangladesh tragedy
The need for ethical practices in the garments manufacturing industry within developing countries will be the focus of a forum at RMIT University next week.
Research Centre News
Understanding transnational trade unionism
Professor Grenier from Canada visits the CSOW
Upcoming Research Centre events
CSOW grants and projects
Mining and Equitable Employment for Women in Lao PDR and Thailand
The mining industry is traditionally a male-dominated environment posing crucial vulnerabilities for women. In recent years the industry has opened up greater work opportunities for women; a trend potentially promoting sustainable development especially in rural areas. Whether the industry offers women decent and equitable employment, and undertakes practice to mitigate gender related vulnerability thus safeguarding the needs and rights of women, remains unclear. Through qualitative enquiry, this project will examine ways in which mining companies operating in Lao PDR and Thailand promote equitable employment opportunities for women, and their economic and social impacts.
MIDAS Report (MS Word 215Kb)
Identification of opportunities to support structural adjustment in the Latrobe Valley region: Final report
Prepared by: Peter Fairbrother, Darryn Snell, George Cairns, Larissa Bamberry, Meagan Tyler, Madeleine Pape, Claude Rioux, Sam Carroll-Bell and Silvia Suraci
In January 2012, the Commonwealth Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (DRALGAS) commissioned the Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work (based at RMIT University) to examine opportunities for investment and job growth in the Latrobe Valley. This report outlines the key findings, priorities and considerations of this study.
LVSA Final Report (Pdf 5.8Mb)
Jobs and Skills Transition for the Latrobe Valley: Phase 1: Benchmark occupations and skill sets
Prepared by: Peter Fairbrother (RMIT University), Darryn Snell (RMIT University), Larissa Bamberry (RMIT University), Linda Condon (Swinburne University), Scott McKenry (Swinburne University), Tomi Winfree (Swinburne University), Dean Stroud (Cardiff University) and Joanne Blake (Cardiff University)
The Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) commissioned the National Centre for Sustainability (NCS) at Swinburne University of Technology and RMIT University‘s Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work (CSOW) to undertake a skills benchmarking study in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland region. This report seeks to identify the roles and the skills of workers in industries likely to be impacted by a transition to a low carbon economy.
Latrobe Valley Skills Phase1 (Pdf 2.9Mb)
Effective Communication: Communities and Bushfire
Prof. Peter Fairbrother, Prof. John Fien, Dr Yoko Akama, Dr Keith Toh, Dr Richard Phillips, Dr Bernard Mees, Dr Susan Chaplin, Dr Meagan Tyler, and Mr Sam Carroll-Bell
CRC Bushfire Project (1 July 2010 to 30 June 2013)
The Future of Work in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria
Dr Darryn Snell and Prof. Peter Fairbrother
Joint research project with the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council (period or time)
CFA Community Fireguard Review: Improving Quality Control and Assurance
Peter Fairbrother, Alison Hart and Julie Stratford
(1 October 2009 to 31 August 2010)
2012 - Gender matters: Applying a gendered analysis to bushfire research in Australia
This special edition represents the first in a series of papers which seek to identify and explore ...
2012 - Global logistics and the whole-of-life supply chain: The consumption society and end-of-life ships
Building upon earlier writing on the dismantling of end-oflife ships by hand on the beaches of Asia ...
2012 - Service chains and vulnerability in the context of the tourism and hospitality sector – a conceptual paper
This paper builds upon existing research on supply chain management and extends it with particular r...
2012 - The question of ‘community’: International debates and implications for bushfire research and policy in Australia
This special edition represents the second in a series of papers which seek to identify and explor...
The Centre’s research clusters cover the broad areas of study that give it its name: Sustainable Organisations and Work. These are relevant to the Schools of the College of Business and the rest of RMIT University to varying degrees.
For more information about our current research projects and activities please contact the Centre Director.
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