Sustainable Regions, Labour and Industry Research Cluster
Globalisation and increased social, economic and political integration has brought about significant transformation of regions, industries, the nature of work and the environment. These changes are divergent and unequal. Some regions have experienced rapid economic and population growth that opened up job opportunities and new standards of living, however, they often come at a cost to the social arrangements and to the environment and present significant land-use challenges. Other regions have witnessed industrial decline, job loss and social and economic hardship requiring different sorts of responses and interventions. In both scenarios, local communities, organisations, governments, industries, employers and employees are facing difficult decisions as to how best to ensure environmentally responsible, socially connected and prosperous regions can be maintained for current and future generations.
The Sustainable Regions, Labour and Industry Research Cluster is comprised of a dedicated multidisciplinary group of researchers committed to better understanding the impacts of these dramatic social, economic and industrial changes and how regions, industries, governments, labour and communities can best manage these changes and achieve vibrant healthy and sustainable regions. In so doing, the cluster fosters applied research to promote and facilitate informed debate and dialogue about economic and environmental sustainability and social transitions. The research cluster is committed to developing research that may be applied to policy and practice across industry and government.
The strengths of the Sustainable Regions, Labour and Industry Research Cluster are in:
- Investigating how regional labour markets contribute to economic well-being and social inclusion,
- Identifying the skills and training needs for displaced workers and newly emerging industries,
- Understanding the experiences and decision-making among workers in an era of industrial and workplace change.
- Investigating skill shortages in key industries and occupations,
- Examining the social, economic and environment changes and opportunities that result from different arrangements,
- Examining policy approaches for regional, economic and social revitalisation,
- Developing a greater understanding of the impact of gender, ethnicity, age, social arrangements and cultural diversity on sustainable development challenges,
- Examining alternative industry and economic arrangements for sustainable regions,
- Examining inequality in labour markets.
- Identifying the role and capacities of government, civil society and economic actors (e.g. employers, unions, non-profit organisations, small business and those who are self-employed) in achieving sustainable environmental outcomes.
The Research Cluster works with, and contributes to, the research undertaken by the Global Cities Research Institute (www.global-cities.info), which aims ‘to emphasize questions of sustainability, resilience, security and adaptation in the face of processes of globalization and global climate change’. These include two principal Institute programs: ‘Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures’ (SURF) and the Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP).
The activities promoted by the cluster include forums and seminars, hosting visitors, and contributing to international research programs, such as the the Canada-based Inter-university Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT: www.crimt.org).
The activities promoted by the cluster include forums and seminars and hosting visitors. The cluster conducts and encourages research activities, and engages in collaborative undertakings including research and exchange of ideas with other groups and institutions locally and internationally. Research members have collaborated with a range of funding partners, including Skills Councils, Government Departments and Industry Peak Bodies, on a range of research projects and have contributing to international research programs, such as the the Canada-based Inter-university Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT: www.crimt.org) and an interuniversity collaboration on social innovation and entrepreneurship.
Dr Darryn Snell (Coordinator) – School of Management
Dr Larissa Bamberry – School of Management
Dr Ruth Barton – School of Management
Professor George Cairns – School of Management
Dr Heather Douglas – School of Management
Professor Peter Fairbrother – School of Management
Dr Victor Gekara – School of Business IT & Logistics
Associate Professor Rosalie Holian – School of Management
Dr Bernard Mees – School of Management
Dr Alan Montague – School of Management
Dr David Schmitt – School of Management
Dr Warren Staples – School of Management
Ms Dora Carias Vega – School of Management
Ms Claire Homsey – School of Management
Ms Emily Toome – School of Management
Dr Meagan Tyler – School of Management
Dr Danielle Miller – School of Management
Mr John Parker – Gippsland Trades and Labour Council
Ms Val Prokopiv – Gippsland Trades and Labour Council
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Research Grants and Projects
Trade union futures: purposes, capacities and organisation towards a green transitionProfessor Peter Fairbrother, Dr Darryn Snell
Funded by: Australian Research Council (ARC) (1 July 2012 – 30 June 2014)
Cleantech Innovations Geelong Skills and Capabilities Audit Dr Darryn Snell, Dr Victor Gekara and Ms Emily Toome Funded by: The Geelong Manufacturing Council and Future Proofing Geelong(August-October 2013)
Skilling the Bay: Geelong Regional Labour Market ProfileProf Peter Fairbrother, Dr Darryn Snell, Dr Larissa Bamberry, Professor George Cairns, Dr Victor Gakara, Ms Claire Homsey
Funded by: The Gordon Institute of TAFE (September 2012 – May 2013)
Identification of opportunities to support Structural Adjustment in the Latrobe ValleyProf. Peter Fairbrother, Dr Darryn Snell, Professor George Cairns, Dr Larissa Bamberry, Dr Meagan Tyler
Funded by: Commonwealth Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (1 January – 1 May 2012)
Jobs and Skills Transition for the Latrobe ValleyProf. Peter Fairbrother, Dr Darryn Snell, Dr Larissa Bamberry, Linda Condon (Swinburne).
Joint Research Project with National Centre for Sustainability at Swinburne University of Technology
Funded by: Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (30 June 2011 to 20 January 2012)
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.
Return to Work After Injury: Experiences and Perceptions from Two Victorian RegionsDr Darryn Snell and Ms Alison HartJoint research project with the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council.
Recent Publications and Reports
Bamberry L., and Campbell I., (2012) ‘Multiple job holders in Australia: motives and personal impact’ Australian Bulletin of Labour 38(4): 293-314
Barton, R and Fairbrother, P (2013) ‘Unions Responses to Multinational Relocation: Two Cases from North West Tasmania’, accepted by the Journal of Industrial Relations.
Douglas, H., & Grant, S. (Eds) (2014). Social entrepreneurship and enterprise: Concepts in context. Tilde University Press, Melbourne.
Fairbrother, P., Snell, D., Bamberry, L., Cairns, G., Gakara, V., Homsey, C. and Toome, E. Skilling the Bay: Geelong Regional Labour Market Profile.Melbourne: RMIT University.
Fairbrother, P., Snell, D., Cairns, G., Bamberry, L., Tyler, M., Pape, M., Rioux, C. (2012) Identifications of Opportunities to Support Structural Adjustment in the Latrobe Valley Melbourne: RMIT University.
Fairbrother, P., Snell, D., Bamberry, L., Condon, L., McKenry, S., Winfree, T., Stroud, D. and Blake, J. (2012), Jobs and Skills Transition for the Latrobe Valley, Melbourne: RMIT University / Swinburne University.
Holian, R. & Coghlan, D. 'Ethical issues and role duality in insider action research: Challenges for action research degree programmes' Systemic Practice and Action Research November 2012,
Holian, R., Hutton, B. & Bellamy, S. "How older workers are defining new terms of retirement' The International Journal of Aging in Society (currently under review).
Snell, D. and Fairbrother, P. (2012) ‘Just Transition and Labour Environmentalism in Australia’ in Rathzel, N. and Uzzell, D. (eds) Environmental Labour Studies. Earthscan
Snell, D. and Schmitt, D. (2012) ‘It’s not easy being green’: electricity corporations and the transition to a low carbon economy’ Competition and Change 16 (1): 1-19.
Snell, D. (2011) ‘Phasing Out Coal Power Generation in Australia: Policies, Corporations and Unions’ Labour and Industry 22(1/2): 143-168.
Barton, R. and Fairbrother, P. (2012) ‘A Failure to Engage?: Trade Unions and Industrial Regeneration on the North West Coast of Tasmania’, in Cheshire, L., Broom, A., Masterman-Smith. H., Barton, R., Moskos, M. and Gregory, S. (Eds) Emerging and Enduring Inequalities, The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, 2012, Proceedings, 26 – 29 November at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Conference CD www.tasa.org.au
Barton, R and Fairbrother, P (2012) ‘Barriers to Unions as Regional Development Actors: Deindustrialisation and Industrial Regeneration in Australia’, Union Futures: Innovations, Transformations, Strategies, CRIMT HEC Montreal, Canada, 25-27 October.
Condon, S., & Douglas, H. (2012). Collaborative entrepreneurship: an appropriate way for sole mothers to earn a living income? ANZTSR Conference, Hobart. 21-23 November
Douglas, H. (2011) Social enterprise styles and venture startup. EMES Conference, Roskilde, Denmark. 3-7 July.
Douglas, H. (2013). Social entrepreneuring as collaborative and persuasive actions. 29th EGOS Colloquium, Bridging Continents, Cultures & Worldviews. Montréal, Canada. 4-6 July.
Douglas, H. (2012). Entrepreneurial social competence and capacity to influence peers. 4th International Social Innovation Research Conference, Birmingham, UK. 12-14 Sept.
Grant, S., & Douglas, H. (2012). Birds of a feather? How do social entrepreneurship and enterprise fit together? ANZTSR conference, Hobart. 21-23 November.
Mandinyenya, I.E, & Douglas, H. (2011) Starting new social enterprises: Preliminary findings of a study in Cambodia. Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference, Auckland 1-3 Dec.
Mees, B. (2012) ‘Secularising business ethics’, in Ray Markey (ed.), Into the Magic Wardrobe: The Past as a Gateway to Present and Future. Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Conference of AAHANZBS, 10-11 December 2012, Macquarie University, Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University.
Mees, B. (2013), 'Mind, method, and motion: Frank and Lillian Gilbreth', in M. Witzell and M. Warner (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Management Theorists, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 32-48.
Madeleine Pape, Peter Fairbrother and Darryn Snell ‘The State and the Latrobe Valley: Shaping Regional Politics and Revitalisation’ in Cheshire, L., Broom, A., Masterman-Smith. H., Barton, R., Moskos, M. and Gregory, S. (Eds) Emerging and Enduring Inequalities, The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, 2012, Proceedings, 26 – 29 November at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Conference CD www.tasa.org.au
Conference Presentations with Refereed Abstracts
Barton, R and Fairbrother, P (2013) ‘Unions, the State and Industrial Regeneration: A Case from North West Tasmania’, States of Work: Visions and Interpretations of work, employment, Society and the State, University of Warwick, 3-5 September.
Barton, R and Mees, B (2013) Telecom’s Vision 2000: Academic Agency and Trade Union Resistance in Organisational Change, Good Times, Hard Times? Making
Australian Labour History, Remaking Australian Society, 13th Biennial National Labour History Conference, Unions NSW Trades Hall, 11-13th July.
Barton, R and Fairbrother, P (2011) ‘Unions Addressing MNC Relocation’, Multinational Companies, Global Value Chains and Social Regulations, CRIMT, HEC Montreal, 6-8 June.
Barton, R and Fairbrother, P (2011) Unions, Community and Industrial Regeneration on the North West Coast of Tasmania, The Australian Sociological Association Conference, Newcastle, 29 November – 1 December.
Holian, R. & Hutton, B. 'How older workers are defining new terms of retirement' Aging and Society Conference in Vancouver, Nov 5-6:
Holian, R. 'Psychological coaching and late career path planning' Aging and Society Conference in Vancouver, Nov 5-6.
Snell, D.and Fairbrother, P. (2013) ‘Unions and Urban Sustainability: The Case of Greater Geelong’ People and Planet 2013: Transforming the Future. Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne 2-4 July.
Snell, D.and Fairbrother, P. (2012) ‘Sustainable Socio-Technological Transitions: Workers, Skills and Unions’ presented at a Special Symposium at the International Labour and Employment Relations Conference, Philadelphia 3-6 July.
9-10 February 2012
2012 International social entrepreneurship theory symposium