The Work of Social Care Research Program focuses on the regulation and organisation of care work.
The research program is centrally concerned with addressing gender (in)equality and the quality of paid care work. Key strands of the research are developing new knowledge about the ways in which social care policies interact with employment and other forms of regulation to shape care jobs and outcomes for paid care workers.
Current research includes investigation of the relationships between paid care and unpaid care; between employment regulation, migration policy and funding regimes; between job quality and the quality of care services; and the exploration of the organisation of care work ‘industries’ at regional, national and global levels.
Projects commencing in 2016:
- Paid work in cash-for-care: Australia in comparative perspective. ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) project led by Fiona Macdonald.
- Markets, migration and care in Australia ARC Discovery project led by Deb Brennan (UNSW) Sara Charlesworth (RMIT) Liz Hill (Sydney)
- The role of social care practices in promoting young people’s recovery from mental health and addiction problems. Project led by Cameron Duff in partnership with the Youth Support and Advocacy Service.
|Sara Charlesworth||Cameron Duff|
|Fiona Macdonald||Jenny Malone|
|Karen Douglas||Eleanor Bentham|