ACU researchers from the Institute of Religion, Politics and Society are core contributors to a team that has just received a nearly $1.4 million-dollar ARC linkage grant to investigate the impact of the auto industry’s closure on communities across Australia
Associate Professor Sally Weller and Dr Tom Barnes will work on the project, which aims to shed light on how Australia's workforce and communities will engage with the world of work in a future shaped by new business models and disruptive technologies.
Using the closure of the automotive industry as a lens into this topic, the project will provide new insights into how displaced workers find work, use services, relate to others, and reshape their futures. It sheds light on the community-wide impacts of restructuring, providing new perspectives on how local resources and public policies best advance the process of adjustment.
The Australian Research Council has awarded the project a $1,375,000.00 linkage grant, announced on 15 June 2018.
Associate Professor Weller and Dr Barnes will oversee implementation of the Victorian part of the project. The ACU Researchers will be working with researchers from the University of South Australia, led by Professor Andrew Beer, with about 40% of the work done at ACU. Industry and government partners on the project are South Australia’s Department of State Development; Toyota Australia; GM Holden Ltd; SA Department of Premier and Cabinet; SA Department of Employment; SA Health; South Australian Council of Social Service Inc. and Anglicare SA Ltd.