Anti-Poverty Week Webinar

Opportunities to Reduce Social Disadvantage from COVID-19

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course is proud to be a sponsor of Anti-Poverty Week

Please join Life Course Centre Chief Investigators this Anti-Poverty Week for a panel discussion about Opportunities to Reduce Social Disadvantage from COVID-19

In the midst of a global crisis that has upended almost all aspects of how we live and work, a life course approach turns attention to the long-term impacts of the pandemic. While it is too early to outline these impacts with any confidence, what we can do at this stage is reflect on the opportunities that COVID-19 presents for examining some of the long-standing, taken-for-granted rules and regulations about living and working.

In the paper, ‘Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Opportunities to Reduce Social Disadvantage from COVID-19’, Life Course Centre researchers present ideas on potential opportunities for rethinking, redesigning and reworking social policies to address disadvantage. This provides an optimistic, forward-looking counterpoint to what has undoubtedly been a catastrophic global social, health and economic event.

In this special webinar to coincide with Anti-Poverty Week, Life Course Centre Chief Investigators will discuss opportunities arising from COVID-19 to address long-standing inequalities in Australia in areas such as health, the tax and transfer system, labour markets and gender. There will be other pandemics and other global shocks. What we learn, and do, today will have significant bearing on future preparations and responses. This webinar will discuss some of the ways we might leverage the COVID-19 crisis to build back a better and fairer society for all.

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Speakers include

Professor Janeen Baxter
Centre Director, Chief Investigator

Janeen Baxter is the Director of the Life Course Centre, a position she had held since the Centre’s establishment in 2014. Based at the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland, Janeen has research interests in disadvantage, gender inequality, family dynamics and life course studies. She is an elected fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and serves on a number of government advisory committees, boards and international project reference groups.

Professor Stephen Zubrick
Honorary Emeritus Research Fellow

Stephen Zubrick is a former Life Course Centre Chief Investigator and Deputy Director (Research) 2014-2020. He is now an Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science at the University of Western Australia and a Senior Advisor and Emeritus Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute. Stephen is an expert in child and adolescent health and development and has instigated large-scale longitudinal studies of children and families in Australia.

Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark
Deputy Director, Chief Investigator

Deborah Cobb-Clark is the Deputy Director of the Life Course Centre and has been a Chief Investigator since the Centre’s establishment in 2014.  Based at the School of Economics at the University of Sydney, Deborah is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia.  Her research focus includes the effects of economic and social policy on human development, mental health, intergenerational disadvantage, welfare, health, education and youth transitions.

Professor Guyonne Kalb
Chief Investigator

Guyonne Kalb is a Life Course Centre Chief Investigator at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Guyonne’s research interests are mainly in the field of applied micro-economics and include labour supply issues, in particular female labour supply; the interaction of labour supply, social security and taxation; labour supply and childcare; and the impact of childcare and parental activities on child development and health.


We acknowlege the authors of this paper: Janeen Baxter, Deborah Cobb-Clark, Alexander Cornish, Tiffany Ho, Guyonne Kalb, Lorraine Mazerolle, Cameron Parsell, Hal Pawson, Karen Thorpe, Lihini De Silva, and Stephen R. Zubrick.