The Economic and Social Participation Research Initiative (ESPRIt) will develop our understanding of how participation in and engagement with social, economic and political institutions can be enabled across the life course irrespective of gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic or racial background, as well as other key characteristics. To that end, it will coordinate research efforts across at least six Faculties, bringing together researchers through a range of facilitated events designed to enable them to discover common interests and develop cross-unit and multi-disciplinary collaborations. Participation in work, education, community and sporting clubs, volunteer organisations and social networks of friends and family are essential for individual, family and community stability and well being. With its emphasis on social and economic participation this Hallmark initiative brings together researchers touching on the three Grand Challenges. Issues related to social and economic participation attract the attention of many eminent scholars around the University, but this research is dispersed, often taking place in isolation within individual disciplines and faculties.
ESPRIt is coordinated by two chairs and two academic convenors, who work in consultation with a Steering Committee made up of representatives from a range of disciplines.
Belinda is Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts. Her research interests are gender differences in the experiences of family, work and health over the life course, such as the impact of paid parental leave for mothers, paid and unpaid labour in households, and the causes and consequences of family life course transitions for individuals.
Guyonne is Director of the Labour Economics and Social Policy Program at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Business and Economics. Her research interests include labour supply issues, in particular related to women; the interaction of labour supply, social security and taxation; labour supply and childcare; and labour supply of disadvantaged groups
Barbara is a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Business and Economics. Her research focuses on welfare policies and family policies, and how they affect female and maternal labour supply as well as the labour force participation of older workers and people with disabilities.
Rennie is currently a lecturer/assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Melbourne. From 2015-2016, she was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Irvine's Center for Research on International Migration. Rennie completed my Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in June, 2015. Her research and teaching interests include international migration, race and ethnicity, sociology of education, and quantitative research methods.
Geoffrey is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts. His research interests include: the role of prizes in determining cultural value and the sociological theory of Pierre Bourdieu.
Julie joined the Melbourne Institute as a Research Fellow in October 2010 and was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2015.
She graduated from the French National School of Statistics and Economic Administration (Ensae) in 2005. Julie holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris 1 (June 2009). In her PhD studies, she studied the relationship between fertility, labour force participation of mothers and family policies.
Anna is a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Business and Economics. Her research interests include: evaluating the impacts of welfare policies, particularly for mothers and children; labour supply of disadvantaged groups; and early childhood development.