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 develops theoretically informed analyses that lay the foundation for evidence-based policy and practice and includes a distinctive feature of this research program: its historical and comparative reference.
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…
Research Centre News
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Upcoming Research Centre events
31/05/2013 Trade unions: Development actors or victims?
Professor Peter Fairbrother and Dr Ruth Barton from RMIT University presents Trade unions: Development actors or victims?
28/06/2013 A RARE treat: Exploring the state's response to bushfire
Dr Richard Phillips from RMIT University presents A RARE treat: Exploring the state's response to bushfire.
26/07/2013 Blokes, masculinities and gender equality: Redefining the 'Ideal Worker' in a digital economy
Dr Sheree Gregory from Swinburne University of Technology presents Blokes, masculinities and gender equality: Redefining the 'Ideal Worker' in a digital economy
27/09/2013 Business, government and society in a shifting geopolitical order
Associate Professor Sharif As-Saber from RMIT University presents Business, government and society in a shifting geopolitical order.
25/10/2013 Value focused assessment of social networking technologies in organisations: An Australian study
Professor Mohini Singh and Dr Konrad Peszynski from RMIT University presents Value focused assessment of social networking technologies in organisations: An Australian study.
29/11/2013 Drivers of competitive advantage for women owned fast-growth SMEs
Dr Carol Tan and Dr Afreen Huq from RMIT University presents Drivers of competitive advantage for women owned fast-growth SMEs
CSOW grants and projects
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
Prof. Peter Fairbrother, Alison Hart and Julie Stratford
(1 October 2009 to 31 August 2010).
The Centre’s research clusters cover the broad areas of study that give it its name: sustainable organizations 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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