ECAN's next events

Save the date! ECAN’s flagship Scientia Series event for 2017 will return on Friday 22 September, from 4-6pm in the UNSW Council Chambers.

Join us for a lively discussion on how the gig economy of academia is reshaping ECAs’ careers, featuring the following panellists.

The panel discussion will be followed by drinks, canapés and networking. Register here


Dr. kylie valentine

Associate Professor

Deputy Director of Social Policy Research Centre

kylie valentine is Deputy Director of the Social Policy Research Centre. Her research interests include the application of methods and concepts from the sociology of knowledge to new areas and concerns, with a specific focus on social disadvantage and exclusion. She conducts research on how human services are delivered and how they make up populations.

kylie also conducts evaluation research on integrated service delivery and programs for children and families, and has expertise in qualitative methodologies and evaluation design. Current and recent research evaluation projects include the Early Review of NSW's Specialist Homelessness Services Program (2015-2016), South East Sydney Partners in Recovery (2015-2016), and the South Australian Better Places Stronger Communities Project (2015-2017).




Dr Anne Junor

Senior Visiting Fellow


Dr Anne Junor is a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Industrial Relations Research Centre at UNSW. She is Editor of The Economic and Labour Relations Review, a policy journal with a focus on social justice (its September 2017 issue focuses on work in the gig economy). She has undertaken ARC-funded research on casual work in the school, TAFE and university sectors, on the workplace impacts of public sector restructuring, on the future of aircraft maintenance jobs in Australia, and on skill recognition in jobs seen as low-skilled. Interested in gender pay equity, she has undertaken contract-based and pro bono research in Australia and New Zealand on the recognition of tacit skills in jobs in the health, social and community services, early childhood education, schools and university sectors. She has been an expert witness in cases related to equal remuneration and casual employment regulation, and has contributed to a project designed to build engineering and manufacturing jobs in Western Sydney. She is currently a researcher in an Office of Learning and Teaching Strategic Priorities project based at UTS, which is studying the introduction of the Scholarly Teaching Fellow role in Australian universities.



Dr Peter Bentley

University of Melbourne   

Peter Bentley is a Research Fellow at the LH Martin Institute within the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne. Peter completed his PhD in 2015 at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, publishing a book ‘Academic Work from a Comparative Perspective’ (published by CHEPS/UT), including six international peer-reviewed journal articles on the academic profession. He works on projects investigating the changing nature of the academic profession, higher education institutional diversity and university-industry collaboration. Peter is also involved in the online teaching for the Masters in Tertiary Education Management and Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance. His main research interests are the academic profession, research collaboration and productivity.

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Dr Andrew Dunstall

Macquarie University   

After studying ancient history, English literature, and a spell working in academic publishing, Andrew completed a PhD in philosophy at Macquarie in 2011, on the philosophy of history.

Since then, he has held positions as Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at Macquarie University, and Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wollongong. His current research projects include an inquiry into the nature of historical existence, and an analysis of the political norms at work in educational institutions.

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Professor Geoff Crisp

(Pro-Vice Chancellor Education) 

Professor Geoff Crisp leads the Academic Development team which has responsibility for providing training for academic staff including casuals

Professor Geoffrey Crisp is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) at UNSW. He has portfolio responsibility for providing leadership in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives in learning and teaching through the enhancement of approaches to curriculum design and delivery, the effective use of online technologies, the design and management of effective learning environments for students and the development and renewal of academic policies and quality assurance processes.

Professor Crisp has a research track-record in the field of Chemistry and has covered a large number of leadership roles in the Australian higher education sector since the start of his academic career in the 1980s. More recently, he was Dean of Learning and Teaching at RMIT University from 2011 until joining UNSW in February 2016.

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