Indigenous jobseekers trained for retail careers

The Gillard Government has provided training for 40 Indigenous jobseekers who are ready to take on jobs in the retail sector following their graduation from the Retail Skills Indigenous Employment Program in Sydney today. This program was specifically designed to increase the take up of careers in the retail industry by Indigenous people, using . . . → Read More: Indigenous jobseekers trained for retail careers

Retirement and subjective well-being (EU)

We provide an explanation for the common finding that the effect of retirement on life satisfaction is negligible. For this we use subjective well-being measures for life and domains of life satisfaction that are available in the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) and show that the effect of voluntary retirement on satisfaction with current household income . . . → Read More: Retirement and subjective well-being (EU)

Financial exclusion and social housing (UK)

INTRODUCTION – Extract

Financial exclusion is a growing concern for an increasing number of citizens and organizations which aid those on low incomes and/or with debt problems as austerity economic begin to bite. The escalating cost of living, especially in food, petrol and utilities, growing unemployment (Elliott 2011) and persistent debt problems, including the issue . . . → Read More: Financial exclusion and social housing (UK)

Welfare-to-work policy – critical evaluation (UK)

ABSTRACT

At a time when more workless people in the UK are being mandated into highly conditional welfare to work programmes, this article engages with critiques of neoliberalism to argue that such policies cannot be shown to have a major impact on outcomes but are pursued for political reasons. Through a systematic review of the . . . → Read More: Welfare-to-work policy – critical evaluation (UK)

Schools ‘failing’ young people with vocational ambitions – Demos (UK)

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)

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)

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