Work / Life Ecologies

The Work / Life Ecologies Project aims to understand staff and students’ broader lifestyles as part of a work-life ecology, occurring a cross a range of spaces, both physical and virtual. In using the term work-life ecology, rather than the more common term ‘work-life balance’, we argue that these two realms have become interrelated in contemporary society. The opportunities for these domains to infiltrate each other are increasing, be it through attending to email after hours, or through flexible work arrangements.

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  • Investigating students’ eating practices and food spaces at an inner urban university

    Work Life Ecologies Phd Candidate Bhavna Middha is investigating the eating spaces at inner urban universities and their interrelationship with students’ eating practices and their implication on sustainable consumption. Here Bhavna describes her innovative research methods, and gives some examples of her findings:

    ‘Selfoodie’(posting food selfies) is a research method I have used to follow the students’ eating practices on and off campus and as a way of exploring the changing spatio-temporal characteristics of eating practices.

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  • airplane wing

    Why do academics fly so much? What is it about academia, or the university sector in general, that makes flying such a normal part of the work life? And what can be done to reduce the amount of air travel that academics undertake?

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  • network

    Attending and presenting at conferences is a common practice of academic life. Conferences allow academics to gain exposure for their work, to form an understanding of the work of other scholars, and to become more connected to other researchers in their field.

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  • Flight

    As part of the SUPP project, we are seeking to understand the extent to which Australian universities recognize air travel as a sustainability issue, and what measures they are taking to reduce the amount of flying their employees do.

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