Work in transition

BHRIGHT’s Work in Transition theme investigates how workers’ lives – and their right to a safe, secure and decent job - are being impacted by new business practices, globalisation, advancing technologies and climate change.

With the world of work rapidly changing, our researchers consider the growing issues of job insecurity, underemployment, low pay and poor working conditions, and investigate the social forces and seismic labour market shifts that are reshaping how, when and where people work. Through our research we also advocate for urgent policy changes that will safeguard workers’ rights into the future.

Our research topics span many sectors and themes, including labour regulation and collective bargaining; the role of unions; the rights of migrant workers; the challenges of the gig economy; gender-based workplace violence; and the poor wages and working conditions of ‘feminised’ sectors such as aged care, retail and early childhood education. We also investigate how technological advances are impacting work-life balance, and how the transition to a low-carbon economy can be achieved in a fair and equitable way.

Researchers

Work in Transition Theme Leader

Associate Professor Darryn Snell

Work in Transition Researchers

Distinguished Professor Anthony Forsyth; Professor Victor Gekara; Professor Emerita Sara Charlesworth; Adjunct Principal Research Fellow Dr Mark Dean; Adjunct Principal Research Fellow Dr Fiona Macdonald; Senior Research Fellow Dr Todd Denham; Dr Prue Burns; Esmira Hackenberg; Lisa Heap; Jennifer Malone; Shirley Tay; Sherry Thomas; Sara Toedt; Ran Wei.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.