From house to home – residents’ perceptions of housing modernisation (UK)

*+-An article examined the views and experiences of residents who had benefited from social housing modernization. Residents reported significant improvements in the appearance, functionality, and manageability of their properties; they felt more proud of their homes and were more likely to make additional improvements to them. SOURCE: Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, Volume 4 … [Read More] From house to home – residents’ perceptions of housing modernisation (UK)

Flexicurity – A conceptual critique (EU)

*+-‘Flexicurity’ has become an influential concept in academic and political discourse, in particular since the European Commission placed it at the core of the European Employment Strategy. However, the concept is underdeveloped and suffers from a number of serious shortcomings. In this article we discuss a number of its problematic features. In particular, we focus … [Read More] Flexicurity – A conceptual critique (EU)

Listening is critical in today’s multicultural workplace

*+-Do you ever get introduced to someone at a lunch meeting or a networking event, and before the conversation is over you forget the person’s name? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. The average person remembers between 25% and 50% of what he or she hears, according to most studies. That means that … [Read More] Listening is critical in today’s multicultural workplace

A contested identity: Resisting the category Muslim-Australian

*+-The role of the media in contributing to the construction of identity based groups is both overt and subtle. The term Muslim-Australians has come into prominence in recent media reports, yet an umbrella term which lumps all Australian followers of Islam into a single subset of all Australians ignores the complex diversity of Muslims in … [Read More] A contested identity: Resisting the category Muslim-Australian

Climate change, migration and critical international security considerations (IOM)

*+-There are growing concerns that climate change will lead to large-scale population displacements and migrations in coming decades. Many security scholars worry that these may in turn contribute to violence and conflict in the most vulnerable regions. Are these concerns supported by scientific evidence? And if so, what options are available to concerned policymakers? In … [Read More] Climate change, migration and critical international security considerations (IOM)

The impact of young motherhood on education, employment and marriage (SPRC)

*+-The poor socio-economic outcomes of women who have their first child when young are well documented. However, the policy implications of this association depend upon the causal mechanisms that underlie it. This paper examines this issue for a new Australian panel of young women. No evidence is found for an adverse impact of young childbirth … [Read More] The impact of young motherhood on education, employment and marriage (SPRC)

Towards understanding what Australia’s Muslims really think

*+-Over the past decade, issues concerning Islam and Muslims have featured prominently in public and media discourse. Much of this discourse is stereotypical, anecdotal and often unsubstantiated. Indeed, relative to the extent of comment on Islam and Muslims, few factual data exist on what Muslims really think. This article presents the views and opinions of … [Read More] Towards understanding what Australia’s Muslims really think

Sheepskin effects in the returns to education: accounting for enrolment and completion effects

*+-ABSTRACT This paper contributes to the literature by separately analysing the signalling (or sheepskin) effects of the enrolment in and the completion of vocational education and training as well as higher education. Moreover, we investigate the persistence of these sheepskin effects over time. We take advantage of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, which contains … [Read More] Sheepskin effects in the returns to education: accounting for enrolment and completion effects

Improving the employment rates of people with disabilities through vocational education

*+-ABSTRACT During the 2001-8 period, the employment rate of people with a disability remained remarkably low in most western economies, hardly responding to better macroeconomic conditions and favourable anti-discrimination legislation and interventions. Continuing health and productivity improvements in the general population are leaving people with disabilities behind, unable to play their role and have their … [Read More] Improving the employment rates of people with disabilities through vocational education

Care services for older people in Europe – workforce issues

*+-SUMMARY – Extract This report is published (March 2011) at a time when Europe stands at a crossroads. The economic crisis, austerity measures and the proposed European economic governance package risk not only to increase poverty and social exclusion but to have a devastating impact on the potential to build a sustainable and cohesive Europe. … [Read More] Care services for older people in Europe – workforce issues

Crossing boundaries and colliding worlds – The politics of prekindergarten education

*+-An introduction to a special issue of the journal Educational Policy, focusing on the role of policy in the tension between public and private provision of early education services SOURCE: Educational Policy 25, 1, pp. 5-8 Brotherhood staff – please contact the Library if you would like full text access to this article Share

Health-related quality of life in older adults – Testing the double jeopardy hypothesis

*+-The double jeopardy hypothesis posits that racial minority elderly suffer a double disadvantage to health due to the interactive effects of age and race. Empirical examinations have found mixed support for the proposition that the aging process heightens the health disadvantage for racial minorities compared to whites. Race-by-age differences are tested using a health-related quality … [Read More] Health-related quality of life in older adults – Testing the double jeopardy hypothesis

‘People Power’ crucial to closing the Indigenous Life Expectancy Gap (AHRC)

*+-Co-chairs of the Close the Gap Campaign, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking Dr Tom Calma, will today outline the crucial importance of ‘people power’ to Indigenous health equality. The comments will be made in a joint address to the National Press Club in … [Read More] ‘People Power’ crucial to closing the Indigenous Life Expectancy Gap (AHRC)

How did 50+ workers fare in 2010? (US)

*+-ABSTRACT Unemployment rates remained high for the 47.5 million workers age 50 and older in 2010. More than half of unemployed workers this age were out of work for more than six months, and nearly a third were out of work for more than a year. Workers age 50 to 61—too young to qualify for … [Read More] How did 50+ workers fare in 2010? (US)

Role of local partnerships in countering employment effects of recession in Europe

*+-Local employment initiatives involving the cooperation of various public and private stakeholders are the focus of this study. The report examines how such local partnerships have been and are being used across the EU and Norway to prevent or counteract the effects of the economic crisis on labour markets. Examples vary of local public-private partnerships … [Read More] Role of local partnerships in countering employment effects of recession in Europe

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