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Sep 25 2023

BGL Faculty Seminar: Unconscious bias in the APS – implications for Indigenous employment

Unconscious bias in the Australian Public Service is affecting the workplace experience of Indigenous employees.  Indigenous employees in the APS remain over-represented in lower APS classifications and under-represented in executive and senior executive levels. On average Indigenous employees have considerably shorter careers in the APS compared to non-Indigenous employees, whose career length in the APS remains relatively constant (APSC, 2021i). Other indicators of workforce participation, engagement, and separation rates indicate Indigenous employees do not share the same level of employment equity when compared to non-Indigenous employees. The impact of unconscious bias prevents Indigenous employees’ from enjoying a workplace experience equal to that of non-Indigenous APS employees. Literature suggests barriers to Indigenous employment because of bias include; stereotyping, discrimination, prejudices, and racism (Bargallie, 2020; Faulkner & Lahn, 2019; Larkin, 2014).  The results translate into limited career advancement and promotion opportunities, making higher classifications less appealing and pigeonholing Indigenous employees into specific Indigenous roles.My thesis aimed to investigate how unconscious bias manifests in APS in the everyday working relationship between employees and managers. A grounded theory constructionist approach guided a mixed methods research methodology to understand how unconscious bias affects the workplace experience of Indigenous employees in the APS. The following three research questions formed the focus of the research:  Does unconscious bias exist in the APS, and if so, how is it experienced in the Australian Public Service?To what extent is cultural competence supporting an inclusive Australian Public Service workplace?To what extent is the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees congruent with the expectations required of APS employment?The result of the study from both quantitative and qualitative research components discerned three high-level priority response recommendations to assist the APS in repositioning APS Indigenous employment policy and practice:Priority response 1: Restructure cultural competence in the APS is fundamental for future Indigenous employment.Priority response 2: Empowering Indigenous employee voice for greater workplace participation and inclusion.Priority response 3: Developing an Integrated training program to address unconscious bias that combines a mixture of behavioural, cultural and structural strategies and measures to embed change into the DNA of the APS.

12:00 - 13:00
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Sep 26 2023

Unpacking power in democratic innovations

This event is hybrid. Join us on Zoom or at Building 24, University of Canberra.Unpacking power in democratic innovations: A systematic review of how power is shared in Australian local governmentsMy work-in-progress seminar aims to theorise and conceptualise deliberative power-sharing in democratic innovations in Australian local governments. I also aim to advance the current theoretical constructions of the sharing of power and how these can be operationalised in this context. For over 20 years, Australian local governments have trialled democratic innovations to increase trust and legitimacy in political decisions. These experiments, however, receive various criticisms from scholars and practitioners in the field of deliberative democracy. Some criticise them for lacking binding decision-making power, while others question the feasibility of persuading politicians to share their power with community members.In this seminar presentation, I argue that we need a nuanced understanding of how Australian local governments share power with community members through democratic innovations. I build this argument in two parts. First, I make the case of understanding power by combining Rainer Forst’s concept of noumenal power and Mary Parker Follett’s concept of power-with. Second, I present the findings of my systematic review of how power is shared in democratic innovations in 34 Australian local governments catalogued in the Participedia database. In this review, I found that there are four ways of sharing power between Australian local governments and community members: (1) Deliberative power-sharing, (2) the sharing of power with deliberation, (3) power-sharing with deliberative elements, and (4) deliberation with limited to no sharing of power. I conclude my presentation by charting the next phases of my dissertation and introducing preliminary reflections on how these research findings speak to my ongoing fieldwork.This seminar will be chaired by Nicole Curato.Discussants: Dr Nivek Thompson, Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance and Kyle Redman, newDemocracy Foundation

11:00 - 12:00
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Sep 28 2023

HDR Study: First Nations Australians' Way

This symposium is a unique opportunity to delve into the perspectives and experiences of First Nations Australians in Higher Degree Research (HDR) study within Australian universities. Event Details:Date:Thursday, 28 September – Friday, 29 September 2023Time:Day 1: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Day 2: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PMLocation:Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24, University of Canberra, Bruce Campus Overview:This two-day in-person symposium will feature presentations, panels, and yarning sessions that delve into research and supervision within the context of First Nations Australians’HDR study. Our keynote speaker, Professor Tracey Bunda, a Ngugi/Wakka Wakka woman and a renowned UQ Professor of Indigenous Education, will open the proceedings with her address. The event will also encompass topics such as culturally appropriate research methods, navigating cultural obligations, First Nations Australian ways of 'being' a researcher, and more. Schedule:- Day 1: Keynote, Panels, Yarning Sessions, Cultural Tour- Day 2: Cross-Cultural Collaborations, Student/Supervisor Relationships, Closing Reflections Speakers and Participants:Dr Wayne Applebee, Elizabeth Buckmaster, Prof. Tracey Bunda, Dr Paul Collis, Prof. Tony Eaton, Lisa Fuller, Kristie Gardner, Ashley Harrison, Dr Wendy Somerville, A/Prof. Bethaney Turner, Justin Wilkey, and others. For more details and to view the draft program visit the webpage. Registration:To secure your spot, please register via the following link:https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/we-need-to-talk-hdr-study-first-nations-australians-way-tickets-684623496307 This is a free event and there will be catering. If you register, please do come! Or cancel if you can't make it. We don't want to waste food. Event Support:This event is supported by theHigher Degree Research Portfolio in the Faculty of Arts and Design, as well as theCentre for Creative & Cultural Researchat the University of Canberra. If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to usatcccr@canberra.edu.au. We look forward to welcoming you to the symposium.

09:00 - 16:30
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Oct 3 2023

BGL Professorial Lecture: Longevity of marital relationships and problem gambling in Australia

BGL's next Professorial Lecture is scheduled for October 3 (1A21, 4-6 pm). Professor Xiaodong Gong will be speaking on the topic of "Longevity of marital relationships and problem gambling in Australia". The marital relationship plays a central role in our society. Its stability affects the wellbeing of individuals and has profound implications for the society. In this talk, I will shed some light on some of the important determining factors of marriage longevity including personality traits, (non-)cognitive skills, and addictive behaviour by the partners such as problem gambling. I will show that, among other things, individuals’ noncognitive skills are important for such relationships to sustain. But more importantly, compatibility in the noncognitive skills, personality, and the characteristics of the couples such as ethnicity, education, and age can significantly affect the duration of relationships. This may be because more compatible couples could achieve higher productivities in household production, higher utility from household production, or bear lower management costs of maintaining marital relationships. In addition, I will show how individuals’ gambling behaviours are affected by their (non-)cognitive skills, before quantifying the detrimental effects of partner’s problem gambling behaviour on their marital relationships.Xiaodong Gong is a professor at Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society of University of Canberra BGL. Prior to joining the University of Canberra, Xiaodong worked at the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) in Germany, The Australian National University, and the Australian Treasury. He is a Fellow of the IZA. His research interests are on modelling individual and household socio-economic behaviours including labour supply, tax and transfer policy, childcare, labour mobility, child development and education, household consumption, gambling behaviour, and so on. His work has been published in reputable journals such as Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Annals of Applied Statistics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and the Economic Record.

16:00 - 18:00
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Oct 26 2023

Didirri @ UC Hub

Didirri and his phenomenal live band are set to ignite the Australian music scene with their highly anticipated debut album tour in October 2023Didirri and his phenomenal live band are set to ignite the Australian music scene with their highly anticipated debut album tour in October 2023. Spanning across Melbourne, Sydney Newcastle,Brisbane the Sunshine Coast, Belgrave, Anglesea and Castlemaine the tour promises an exhilarating journey through Didirri's musical landscape. With the soulful strains of his debut album 'Caught in the Act,' featuring the mesmerizing singles 'Begin Again' and 'Often Broken,' Didirri aims to captivate audiences with his raw talent and heartfelt lyrics. Didirri and his band have consistently delivered an unmissable live experience. Don't miss the chance to witness this unique songwriter and his incredible ensemble as they embark on their Australian ‘Caught in the Act’ tour.Caught In The Act is out now via Liberation.Win a meet n greet with Didirri and access to soundcheck!Add Didirri’s new albumCaught In The Actto your cart as either a digital download for only $4 or a signed red vinyl for $60 (including local postage), and automatically go into the draw for the chance to meet Didirri and watch soundcheck at your closest show. 1x winner per show with guest!TO ENTER: Simply add an album (either a digital download for only $4 or a red vinyl LP for $60) to your ticket purchase and you'll automatically go into the draw to meet Didirri and watch soundcheck at your closest show! Ensure you've purchased tickets +Caught In The Actin one transaction. FULL T&Cs HERE:By purchasingCaught In The Actviadigital download or red vinyl, customers provide consent for their contact details to be provided to Mushroom Group (on behalf of Liberation Music Pty Ltd) to distribute the album. Customers will receive their digital album on album release, August 4. Vinyl albums will be posted on album release and likely received the following week. All bundle purchases are final, Mushroom Group (on behalf of Liberation Music Pty Ltd) are unable to provide refunds. 

19:00 - 23:00
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Jan 16 2024

The Acacia Strain (USA) @ UC Hub

East Coast metalcore ensemble The Acacia Strain utilize a bone-crushing rhythm section, apocalyptic samples, and a unique triple-guitar assault to deliver their signature blend of hardcore, noise, and death and doom metal. Emerging in the early 2000s, the band found success in 2008 with their fourth full-length effort, Continent, which soared to the top of Billboard's U.S. Heatseekers chart. Subsequent efforts like Death Is the Only Mortal (2012), Coma Witch (2014), and the horror-themed semi-concept LP It Comes in Waves (2019) continued to snap necks in the metal community with brutal efficacy. The Acacia Strain signed to Rise Records in 2012, releasing Death Is the Only Mortal by year's end. Longtime member Laskiewitz left the band in 2013, and was replaced by Devin Shidaker and Rich Gomez, both of whom contributed guitar to The Acacia Strain's seventh full-length album, 2014's Coma Witch. In early 2017, the group issued "Bitter Pill," the first single from their eighth studio long-player, Gravebloom, which arrived later that June. In late 2019, the band released It Comes in Waves, a doomy, taut, and atmospheric seven-song set with single-word song titles that, when put together, construct the sentence "Our only sin was giving them names." The following year saw The Acacia Strain issue a series of pummeling 7" releases (A, C, E, D, Y) that went on to form (and spell) the full-length Slow Decay, which arrived that summer.

19:00 - 23:00
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Feb 7 2024

CFP: Deliberative Democracy Summer School 2024

6TH DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY SUMMER SCHOOL7-9 February 2024Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of CanberraWe live in a time of global challenges including the climate emergency, pandemics and populism. Deliberative democracy leads the way towards mending and transforming societies. It inspires us to listen to fellow citizens and to nature. Deliberative transformations build the path towards democratic and sustainable futures.The 6th Deliberative Democracy Summer School brings together postgraduate students and early career researchers with leading scholars in the field. It provides a unique opportunity to discuss emerging themes, empirical findings and methodological innovations in deliberative democracy research. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work on a wide range of topics including – but not limited to – deliberative systems, mini-publics, social movements, transnational deliberation, non-human deliberation and feminist and decolonial deliberation.Participation is free of charge. Limited financial support for overseas travel is available.Deadline for applications is 30 June 2023. SPEAKERSMelissa Williams | University of TorontoYves Sintomer | Paris 8 UniversityAndré Bächtiger | University of StuttgartCarolyn Hendriks | Australia National UniversityMarina Lindell | Åbo AkademiMaija Setälä | University of TurkuHans Asenbaum, Nicole Curato, John Dryzek, Selen A Ercan, Jordan McSwiney, Simon Niemeyer, and Adele Webb | University of Canberra  

08:00 - 18:00 2 more dates available

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