Marginality, poverty and contemporary work

A symposium panel and book launch for Precarious Enterprise on the Margins: work, poverty and homelessness in the city by Jessica Gerrard.

The book examines contemporary marginality by charting the working lives of sellers of homeless street press, including The Big Issue in Melbourne and London and Street Sheet in San Francisco.

The book's launch will be hosted by Professor Jane Kenway, Emeritus Professor, Monash University and Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Professor Kenway’s research expertise is in socio-cultural studies of education in the context of wider social and cultural change.

The symposium panel will consist of:

  • Associate Professor Deborah Warr, Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne whose research focuses on place-based disadvantage and communities experiencing social and economic marginalisation
  • Professor Peter Kelly, Director, Centre for Education, Training and Work in the Asian Century and Deputy Head of School, RMIT, who is a social theorist/social researcher who has published extensively on young people, the practice of youth studies, social theory and globalisation
  • Professor Guy Johnson, Inaugural Unison Chair of Urban Housing and Homelessness, RMIT, whose research investigates theoretical and applied questions relating to the dynamics of homelessness and housing.

About the book's author

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Dr Jessica Gerrard

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Jessica works across the disciplines of sociology and history with particular research interest on the relationship of education to social change and politics, shifting - but persistent - experiences of inequality, and critical theories and methodologies.

Jessica is Senior Lecturer in Education, Equity and Politics. She coordinates Melbourne Graduate School of Education's Masters of Education specialisation Equity, Diversity and Social Change. Jessica was a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2015, and has won a number of awards in recognition of her research, including an Early Career Researcher Commendation from The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2015. She publishes widely, and her most recent monograph, Precarious Enterprise: Work, Poverty and Homelessness on the Margins, was published by Palgrave Macmillan.