Research projects

Keeping the best projectKeeping the best early career teachers

Prof Bruce Johnson, Dr Anna Sullivan and Assoc Prof Michele Simons
How can school leaders engage, foster and retain quality early career teachers?

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Turning them on projectWhat schoolkids want to be taught about sexuality

Prof Bruce Johnson
Giving young people a say in what they are taught in school about sexuality, where they get their information about sexuality and how they make sense of it.

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Ageing agendas projectHow to retire well

Prof Barbara Pocock and Assoc Prof Sara Charlesworth
This project will discover how Australians can retire well, taking account of their resources, health, and changing economic and social circumstances.

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AusAID literacy project

Literacy in Fiji

Professor Pauline Harris
How can local communities in Fiji support the development of literacy in pre-schoolers?

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Gender violence and citizenship projectGendered violence and citizenship

Prof Suzanne Franzway, Dr Nicole Moulding and Assoc Prof Sarah Wendt
How does the violence of an intimate partner impact on a woman's citizenship? How does it affect mental health, housing and employment over time? 

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Indigenous knowledge and the law projectIndigenous knowledge and the law

Dr Irene Watson
How can we increase the capacity of the courts to engage positively with Indigenous knowledges on law and society?

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Gender equality in caring work projectGender equality in caring work

Assoc Prof Sara Charlesworth
How is non-professional caring work regulated, and is this addressing or reinforcing gender inequality at work?

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Global airports projectLife in the sky: global airports

Prof Anthony Elliott
Global business networks are intrinsically tied to international work-related travel and global airports. How will business innovation in the global electronic economy change our transport, education and lifestyles?

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Flexible work projectFlexible work, skill development and work–life outcomes

Prof Barbara Pocock
How can more flexibility at work reconcile work and caring responsibilities, while also increasing workforce participation and skill development?

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Gender and employment regulation projectGender equality and employment regulation

Assoc Prof Sara Charlesworth
What regulatory strategies should we use to deal with gender inequality in employment, in Australia and internationally?

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Mature age women workers projectMature age women workers

Prof Rhonda Sharp
What factors will keep mature age women in paid work? How can we strengthen labour security in the aged care and other sectors?

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Building capacity, building bridges projectBuilding capacity, building bridges

Australian Centre for Child Protection
How can those working with adult clients also help their clients to meet the needs of the children in their care? How can adult-focused and child-focused services collborate to respond to families with multiple needs?

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Punish them or engage them projectPunish them or engage them?

Dr Anna Sullivan and Prof Bruce Johnson
What are the resons for unproductive student behaviour in the classroom? How can we engage students, promote positive behaviour and improve academic achievement?

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Selected past projects

Gender-responsive budgeting projectGender-reponsive budgeting in the Asia-Pacific region

Prof Rhonda Sharp
Gender-responsive budgeting examines the impact of government budgets on different groups of men and women, girls and boys. How have countries in the Asia-Pacific region done this? With what outcomes?

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Elder mediation projectOlder-person-centred mediation

Assoc Prof Dale Bagshaw, Assoc Prof Sarah Wendt and Dr Valerie Adams
Financial abuse by family members is one of the most common forms of abuse of older people in Australia. This research developed an older-person-centred model of mediation to prevent or address this abuse.

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Early career teacher resilience projectEarly career teacher resilience

Prof Bruce Johnson, Assoc Prof Rosie Le Cornu, Dr Judy Peters and Dr Anna Sullivan
The first few years of teaching are difficult for many teachers. How can beginning teachers develop resilience and sustain their commitment to teaching?

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Utopian imagination projectThe utopian imagination of youth on the margins

Prof Alison Mackinnon and Assoc Prof Peter Bishop
How do young people on the margins of society imagine the future? What does hope mean to them? View the exhibition of photographs by young people.

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Part-time secondary study projectPart-time senior secondary study

Prof Eleanor Ramsay and Prof Alison Mackinnon
Which students in SA are completing their secondary schooling part-time? Is this preventing early school leaving? And what are the results for these students' future education and employment?

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River Murray treesSustainability of the Murray-Darling Basin

Prof Alison Mackinnon, Prof Rhonda Sharp and others
This research network aimed to develop best practice models of social and environmental sustainabiliy, using the Murray-Darling Basin as its major case study.

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Photo credits: airport photo and schoolkids (for sexuality project) by Ambro, photo of a form by Arvind Balaraman/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Photo of schoolgirls in Dili by Monica Costa.

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