Former Prime Minister Tony Blair believed that the cornerstone of social mobility was a university degree. His aim during his ten years in power was to achieve a university participation rate of 50 per cent, though he never quite succeeded in this goal.
Given the high rate of graduate unemployment at present this agenda has . . . → Read More: Schools ‘failing’ young people with vocational ambitions – Demos (UK)
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)
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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)
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
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
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