Developing a ‘mutual neighbourhood’ (UK)

ABSTRACT

Over the last 15 years the role of community and the importance of the neighbourhood have grown in regeneration policy in the UK. With the present economic climate, the imposition of harsh public-sector spending cuts and a reliance on self-help under the ‘Big Society’, there is a need to examine the way in which . . . → Read More: Developing a ‘mutual neighbourhood’ (UK)

Lessons from community empowerment programme 2001-2008 (UK)

Poverty, power and policy dilemmas, tells the story of the community empowerment programme in England between 2001 and 2008, and offers some thoughts on what we can learn from it in relation to Big Society and Localism. In it we argue that the programme’s aims to empower communities to become equal partners in neighbourhood renewal, . . . → Read More: Lessons from community empowerment programme 2001-2008 (UK)

The symbolic burden of homelessness – Towards a theory of youth homelessness as embodied subjectivity

Young people’s subjective experience of homelessness is constituted by particular social processes which to this point have not been explicitly theorized. This article draws on qualitative interviews with young people who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness in order to argue that homelessness carries a symbolic burden, the acknowledgement of which is crucial to understanding . . . → Read More: The symbolic burden of homelessness – Towards a theory of youth homelessness as embodied subjectivity

Gender and climate change in Australia

Debate continues to rage as to the veracity of evidence around the permanence of climate change. There is no doubt that changes are occurring across the world and that these changes are causing significant social hardship, including food and water insecurity and large-scale movements of people. What is also emerging in research across the world . . . → Read More: Gender and climate change in Australia

Development of a community care research agenda for Australia

The purpose of this study was to develop a Community Care Research Agenda to give direction to research across community-based services for older people, for the next 3–5 years. This study used a four-round Delphi method to verify, rate and rank research questions and issues identified by sector stakeholders. Thirty panellists were selected to represent . . . → Read More: Development of a community care research agenda for Australia

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 . . . → 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.

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