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From the Farm to the Photo-Exhibition: Visualising Rural Women’s Labour in the Colombian Countryside

This research aims to visualise, analyse and reconceptualise rural women’s labour in Colombia where current neoliberal policies have affected small and medium peasant sectors. The study is embedded in a feminist epistemological position, and as such, will adopt a methodology that seeks to empower participants, shift power between researcher and participants and acknowledge difference. More specifically, this thesis will draw from Woods’ (2007) notion of the ‘global countryside’ (p.485). He defines the global countryside as a hybrid space understood as emerging from the multi-scalar (global, national, local) discourses, processes and practices, and incorporating both human and non-human actors. He draws on Massey’s (2005) notions of place and space as relational to understand rurality within globalisation. In consequence, this research aims to:

1. Document and validate the labour of Colombian peasant women detailing changes that have occurred in their work as a result of globalisation;
2. Explore Colombian rural women’s negotiations and resistances around the identity of ‘peasant’ in the context of globalisation;
3. Examine the ways in which government and non-government organisations in Colombia have positioned peasant women in gender equality policies and programs and identify the implications of this positioning in the context globalisation.

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Governing Australian Academics: An analysis of governance and subjectivity in Australian universities (awarded 2017)

Author: Fabian Cannizzo

This dissertation addresses the question of how academic work is governed in universities in the twenty-first century. It identifies the factors shaping academic governance in public universities. Recent research suggests that academics operating in such settings confront values tensions emerging from the restructuring of higher education within global knowledge economies. A managerial ethos is becoming ever more present, stemming from the uptake of both neoliberal higher education and research policies at the international and national levels and the uptake of performance management systems at the level of the university.

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