Bernie Goldie

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.


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