Published: February 8, 2019

Life Course Centre researchers were well represented at the Australian Gender Economics Workshop, co-hosted by the Women in Economics Network and RMIT University, in Melbourne on 13-15 February 2019.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s program featured a diverse array of workshop topics, prominent keynote speakers, a policy symposium, workshop dinner, special new sessions on Academic Career Development and Gender Lensing, and a networking reception. Workshop session topics ranged from gender, culture and social norms, women’s empowerment, and gender, tax and economic growth, to gender and the distribution of income, assets and consumption, gender differentials in the labour market, and gender, education and youth issues. The 2019 Australian Gender Economics Workshop (AGEW2019), held over three days at RMIT City Campus, brought together academics as well as economists from government and the private sector, to share their research and perspectives on the role of gender in economic and social policy.

Dr Leonora Risse, Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT University and a Life Course Centre Affiliate, was Chair of the AGEW2019 Organising Committee. Also on the Organising Committee were Life Course Centre Affiliate Dr Tina Rampino of the University of Queensland, and Life Course Centre Research Fellows Dr Julie Moschion of the University of Melbourne and Dr Marian Vidal-Fernandez of the University of Sydney. Dr Risse provided a plenary session welcome and moderated the policy symposium session at AGEW2019, while Dr Vidal-Fernandez and Dr Rampino were session chairs. Also featured on the program were: Life Course Centre Affiliate Professor Lisa Cameron of the University of Melbourne, who was a mentor in the new Academic Career Development session; Life Course Centre Research Fellows Dr Tony Beatton of the University of Queensland and Dr Hayley Fisher of the University of Sydney, who were both presenting at workshop sessions and chaired other sessions in the program; and Life Course Centre Research Fellow Dr Jan Kabátek and Professor Lyn Craig, both of the University of Melbourne, who were discussants at workshop sessions.

Dr Risse said it was inspiring to see the global community of economists who are passionate about tackling gender equality gather at AGEW2019. “Our wealth of research insights is growing. But we still need better ways to pool together this knowledge and to communicate it to policy-makers, business leaders and the wider public, who can help turn talk into action. The Australian Gender Economics Workshop is a way for us to bring together this evidence base, harness this knowledge on a national scale, and share these insights globally. Workshops create the perfect environment for not only exchanging our insights, but also for drawing common threads across our research. This takes us a step closer to identify the underlying mechanisms that drive gender differentials, and paints a more comprehensive picture as to which policies work or not.”

For more information on AGEW2019 click here.