ARC DECRA funding success
Dr David Farrugia has been awarded more than $330,000 in ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) funding commencing in 2016 for his research project The Formation of Young Workers: A Multi Sited Study on the Periphery.
This project aims to investigate how workforce skills and capacities become a part of a young people's world view in zones of high unemployment. Youth outside Australia's metropolitan centres are experiencing dramatically increased unemployment rates caused by industrial restructuring. Focusing on regional and outer-urban youth, this project seeks to explore how young people are responding to these conditions, examining the role of employment in youth identities and analysing how young people actively integrate the skills and capacities for labour into their identities and overall approach to life. The project intends to provide an evidence base for the design of welfare interventions and social policies that help marginalised young people to build fulfilling employment futures.