Seminar: Work, Places and People in Western Sydney: Changing Suburban Labour Markets 2001–14.

Next Tuesday, 17th November, Emeritus Professor Bob Fagan will present a seminar on work, places and people in Western Sydney.


With a population of around 2 million (2011 census) Greater Western Sydney (GWS) is Australia’s most populous metropolitan sub-region. While the NSW Government recently described GWS as “… one of Australia’s economic powerhouses”, the region has long been stereotyped as Sydney’s suburban ‘other’, especially by people resident elsewhere in the city (including politicians, planners, TV scriptwriters and some academics). This has persisted into the 21st century despite steady economic growth across GWS and deepening socio-economic and cultural differentiation between parts of the Region. This presentation focuses on how these changes have been reflected through local labour markets in GWS drawing on new research undertaken by the author for WSU’s Centre for Western Sydney. The study shows complex changes operating through local labour markets have effectively reversed the direction of significant trends from the early 1980s. As a result, impacts of change on people and places in GWS have become increasingly uneven over the past decade.

Time: 1-2pm

Place: Building Y3A, room 212 at Macquarie University – no rsvp required – just turn up.

Emeritus Professor Bob Fagan is a human geographer researching in the areas of economic geography, urban and regional development and social theory. He was Professor of Human Geography at Macquarie from 1994 and deputy director of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (CRSI) from its creation as a university centre at the end of 2005. Formally retiring in 2008, he maintains an active involvement in research as well as in the folk music scene. He has four main current research interests centred on: impacts of global change on Australian food industries and alternative food provision systems; globalisation and local labour markets especially changes in people’s access to work; localisation of food provision systems and food security in urban areas; and economic and cultural resistance to globalisation.


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