Our projects

Our projects

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.

Research Projects

Year(s) Project nameStaff MembersNotes
2014–2017Affinities in Multicultural AustraliaLucy Taksa, Ellie Vasta and Fei GuoAustralian Research Council Discovery Grant DP140100424 ($230,000)
2015–2016Web-based Analytical Platform for China DatasetsFei Guo and Zhiming ChengMacquarie University Research Infrastructure Scheme Grant ($150,000)
2015 Analyses of Historical Patterns of Schooling, Religion, and Socio-demographics of Australia’s Population and Creation of Public Access Databases Nick Parr, Lucy Taksa and Nikki Balnave Catholic Education Commission ($49,706) and Macquarie University Enterprise Partnerships Scheme Pilot Research Grant ($49,706)
2016Analyses of Historical Patterns of Schooling, Religion, and Socio-demographics of Australia’s Population and Creation of Public Access DatabasesNick Parr, Lucy Taksa and Nikki
Balnave
Catholic Education Commission ($70,000) to extend research on the project entitled
2017Analyses of Historical Patterns of Schooling, Religion, and Socio-demographics of Australia’s Population and Creation of Public Access DatabasesNick Parr, Lucy Taksa and Nikki BalnaveCatholic Education Commission ($50,000) to extend research on the project entitled
2018Enabling longitudinal research on Religion, Education and Population in NSW through a Public Access DatabaseNick Parr, Lucy Taksa and Nikki BalnaveMacquarie University Small Research Infrastructure Scheme ($69,626) and Faculty of Business and Economics ($15,000)
2018'Diversity in the Workforce' multi-country surveyLucy TaksaThe Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris-Dauphine University, Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) and Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University

Projects

Project Name Staff Members
A National Portable Long Service Leave Scheme
  • Professor Ray Markey
  • Ms Shauna Ferris
  • Dr Tim Kyng
  • Dr Catriona Lavermicocca
  • Dr Salut Muhidin
  • Dr Sharron O'Neill
  • Associate Professor Nick Parr
  • Dr Louise Thornthwaite
  • Dr Chris Wright (USyd)
Superannuation Regulation and Fund Performance
  • Professor Ray Markey
  • Dr Louise Thornthwaite
  • Associate Professor Sue Wright
  • Ms Shauna Ferris
  • Dr Mike Rafferty (USyd)
Organising Works 20th Anniversary
Impact of NSW Workers Compensation Legislation 2012
Australia Anywhere Working (Telework) Research Network
Workforce Futures and Climate Change Project

Effectiveness of procurement regulation

  • Dr Chris F. Wright

Supply Chains and Aviation Safety

Population Challenges for the Local Court of New South Wales

Employee Voice in Australia

  • Professor Paul Gollan

  • Professor Adrian Wilkinson

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