About us

About us

The Centre for Workforce Futures

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The Centre for Workforce Futures brings an innovative multidisciplinary and problem-focused approach to research relating to the workforce and workplace, with application to public policy, industry and the community. The Centre has assembled one of the largest concentrations of expertise in the Asia Pacific region across its core disciplines of Human Resource Management, Employment Relations, Labour Economics, Demography and Labour Law. It also draws substantially from the Marketing discipline in areas such as employer branding.

We've adopted a holistic research paradigm, considering the entire life-course of the individual, incorporating both paid and unpaid work (including education and child rearing), how individuals transition back and forth between the two, why they do, and how it impacts their lives, their workplace, the workforce and society.

We focus on:

  • Workforce planning
  • Diversity, employment and organisations
  • Management strategy

Our research groups

Research Groups Leading Members Examples
1) Workforce planning
  • Demographic trends and life cycles (e.g. birth and death rates, age and sex distribution and changing patterns, causes and implications of population aging for social and economic change)
  • Immigration and migration policies and resettlement issues (e.g. migrant labour, skilled and student migration, social stratification of migrant communities, fertility behaviour of migrants)
  • Changes in labour demand and supply and their implications for major industries (including higher and vocational education)
  • Labour force projections
  • Impacts of environmental change and implications for sustainability planning
  • Human resource management
  • Labour economics
  • workforce planning and profiling from the perspective of organisations
2) Diversity, employment and organisations
  • How diversity can be encouraged and managed to benefit staff, the organisation and the community
  • Inter-cultural relations in the workplace
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Employee behaviour and misbehaviour (including legal issues such as bullying, discrimination and work health and safety)
  • Trends in the structure of employment and unemployment across such dimensions as gender, country of birth, industry, occupation, earnings and location
  • Related policy and regulatory issues
  • Industry and organisational case studies
  • Broader employment practices currently affecting many industries (e.g. precarious employment, outsourcing and contracting chains, with an initial study in the transport and logistics sector)
  • Indigenous employment
  • The influence of labour heritage
  • Gender equity
3) Management strategy
  • Corporate and business decision-making
  • Related communication flows between management and operational levels
  • Employee voice
  • Non-union forms of employee representation in both the private and public sectors
  • Corporate reputation, and organisational practice through employer ‘branding’ or ‘internal marketing’ to current or prospective staff members
  • Values, ethics, performance and sustainability in the interaction of organisations and their people.
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