Campus News
Published: 21 November, 2012

Advance Australia . . .where?

High divorce rate, low birth rate, shrinking households, a widening gap between rich and poor, an IT revolution, disenchantment with politics, the 'gender wars' breaking out again . . . the question is: What kind of society are we becoming?

Australia’s leading social researcher, Professor Hugh Mackay reflected on these issues in a well attended public seminar hosted by UOW’s Institute for Innovation in Business and Social Research (IIBSoR), yesterday (20 November).

In his ‘Advance Australia . . . where?” presentation, Professor Mackay took a long hard look at our society in the 21st century – exploring the social, cultural, economic and technological influences that are reshaping Australia.

“Hugh Mackay is an inspiration, and we are fortunate to get the opportunity to work with him here at the University of Wollongong,” Director of IIBSoR, Professor Sara Dolnicar said.

“This presentation provided a great opportunity for anyone interested in marketing, psychology or sociology to deepen their understanding of our society”.

It was the second in a suite of public seminars by Hugh Mackay at UOW.

Copies of Professor Mackay’s latest books were available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

As a psychologist, author and social researcher, Professor Mackay has been a pioneer of social research in Australia. His influence extends to the government, education and corporate sectors.

He is involved in a range of initiatives at the University of Wollongong and IIBSoR, where he is Professor of Social Science.

In addition to his 25 years as a newspaper columnist, and his regular appearances on ABC radio and TV, Professor Mackay has become a household name through his 13 popular works of fiction and non-fiction. His next book, The Good Life (“what makes a life worth living”) will be published in May 2013.

Published: 21 November, 2012

Contact us

+61 2 4221 4227 | media@uow.edu.au 

Share

UOW IN THE NEWS

Want to keep cool on hot summer days?..
The Conversation | 23 Jan
Resilience in the workplace
ABC Health & Wellbeing | 22 Jan
Cry for Alberto Nisman and for Argentina
The Australian | 22 Jan
Check the ATAR cut-off for your cours...
Sydney Morning Herald | 21 Jan
Personality disorders: hospital staff to...
Sydney Morning Herald | 20 Jan
Scientists use magnets to help in the...
Nine News | 19 Jan
Is Indonesia’s ‘Sink the Vessels’ Policy ...
The Diplomat | 17 Jan
A maritime center of gravity
Jakarta Post | 17 Jan
Time to get governance house in order...
The Australian | 16 Jan
Top 10 things employers look for in univ...
Sydney Morning Herald | 15 Jan
Playing sport at uni a smart career move
Sydney Morning Herald | 15 Jan
Engineering a change in gender balan...
ABC Illawarra | 14 Jan
Indigenous trauma course: University ...
The Age | 12 Jan
Aussies show solidarity on Paris streets
9News | 8 Jan
Australian in Paris describes city's
...
AM | 8 Jan
Tweet data used for mapping floods

Illawarra Mercury | 5 Jan
What is the right age for kids to travel...

The Conversation | 5 Jan
The moral dilemma of death on the
...
Financial Review | 2 Jan
More media coverage