Our research project

Greetings from the project team!

This is a blog for our Australian Research Council Discovery Project titled: ‘Arts Based Social Enterprises and Marginalised Young People’s Transitions’.

We will use this blog to post updates and information about the project. We are keen to hear your feedback so please post a comment if you wish to do so.

The project team consists of:

Professor Peter Kelly, Director Centre for Education, Training and Work in the Asian Century, School of Education, RMIT University, peter.kelly@rmit.edu.au

Dr Grace McQuilten, Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Centre for Art, Society and Transformation, School of Art, RMIT University, grace.mcquilten@rmit.edu.au

Associate Professor Kim Humphery, Design and Social Context, Centre for Applied Social Research, School of Global Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, kim.humphery@rmit.edu.au

Dr Deborah Warr, Associate Professor and Australian Research Coucil Future Fellow, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne,  djwarr@unimelb.edu.au

Dr Perri Campbell, ARC Discovery Project Research Fellow, Centre for Education, Training and Work in the Asian Century, School of Education, RMIT University, perri.campbell@rmit.edu.au

If you have a question about our project or would like to get in contact with the team you can email us at: artsocialenterprise@rmit.edu.au

We will also be posting updates via Twitter, you can follow us @YouthASE

What do we want to Research…and Why?

In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis young people have been disproportionately affected by unemployment and precarious employment. The most marginalised young people make up more than 55% of those unemployed for more than a year.

The project will analyse how art-based social enterprise (ASE) organisations manage education, training and work transitions, and develop the health and well-being of marginalised young people.

We will study the specific education and employment outcomes achieved for young people situated in these alternative learning settings. Social enterprises (SE) are a rapidly expanding sector of the Australian economy with 20,000 programs currently operating. Using a longitudinal, critical case methodology the project will provide sector stakeholders with a strong evidence base to develop long-term strategy for innovative policy and engagement practice.

Why does the research matter?

This study aims to deliver outcomes that will inform industry policy (at State and Federal levels) in relation to social enterprises. It aims also to inform, how engagement in art based social enterprise programs can promote the social and economic participation, education, training and work pathways, and physical and mental health and well-being of marginalised young Australians. The project will make innovative and significant contributions to the development and deployment of Social Enterprise based interventions that target the education, training, employment and health and well-being issues of marginalised young Australians. The project will importantly contribute to building ‘healthy and resilient communities throughout Australia’ by developing ‘preventative strategies’ to improve the physical and mental health and well-being of young people.

You can find some our previous research on Social Enterprises and Transitional Labour Market Programs by clicking on the titles of the following working papers:

Social Enterprise: challenges and opportunities

Transitional Labour Market Programs: challenges and opportunities

The problem of Aboriginal marginalisation : education, labour markets and social and emotional well-being

And our 2014 ARC Linkage Project Report:

Capacity Building and Social Enterprise: Individual and Organisational Transformation in Transitional Labour Market Programs

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