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CEPAR Online Symposium: Older Women and the Australian Workplace

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Presented by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)

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The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is hosting an Online Symposium on 26 May, with Professor Philip Taylor (Federation Business School, Federation University Australia).

Older women and the Australian workplace: What do they want and what do they think of their jobs?

Speaker: Professor Philip Taylor, Federation Business School, Federation University Australia

Abstract: This presentation concerns older women’s experiences of work and the factors affecting their labour market engagement, drawing from findings of the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded ‘Retiring women’ study. Evidence from quantitative surveys of Australian older working women is used to challenge myths concerning their employment and to demonstrate the complexity of their engagement with the labour market. It is concluded that most women like their jobs, viewing their working environments as benign, but the findings also highlight the problematical nature of devising effective public policy and advocacy for ‘older workers’.


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Philip Taylor, PhD has over 30 years of experience as a researcher, policy writer, and advisor on workforce ageing. He has produced over 160 outputs including books, journal articles, book chapters, reports, and commentaries on issues including individual orientations to work and retirement, employer behaviour towards older workers, and developments in public policy aimed at prolonging working life. He has provided advice to senior politicians and served on a number of public committees in Australia, the UK, and elsewhere. He has won major competitive grants from the ARC, SSHRCC (Canada), and the ESRC (UK) and substantial consultancy funding from various Australian, European Union, and Singaporean agencies, among others. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Associate Editor of the journal Ageing & Society. He was the 2018 Australian Association of Gerontology Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow on the topic of work and ageing.

Enquiries : cepar@unsw.edu.au

This online Symposium is hosted by the Organisations and the Mature Workforce research stream based at the Curtin University and University of Sydney nodes of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).


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