The elephant in the room – tune in tomorrow!.

CARE, Massey University’s Centre for Culture-centred Approach for Research & Evaluation are hosting an online launch of ‘Precarious Academic Work – The Elephant in the Room’ – research funded by Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union regarding the impact of casual and fixed-term employment in our sector.

According to the report’s authors, “precarious working arrangements are a complex, often hidden feature of academia in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Precarious Academic Work Report (PAWS) provides an insight into the reality of insecure academic work in universities from 760 survey participants. We highlight that in Aotearoa we have a highly trained academic workforce who are engaged in long-term cycles of precarity, with resultant impacts on financial security, health, and wellbeing.”

“The report also adds further evidence of inequities present in the academic pipeline, with the system discouraging Māori and Pasifika academic careers, while relying on the exploitation of international student labour.”

About the panellists:

Chlöe Swarbrick is a Green Party MP for Auckland Central. Chlöe works tirelessly for bold, transformational action on the issues for which she is the Green Party spokesperson, including young people, mental health, and tertiary education.

Dr. Sereana Naepi is a Lecturer in Social Sciences at the University of Auckland. A Pasifika woman of Fijian and Pākehā descent, Sereana works to help other Pasifika people not only succeed but also lead purposeful, meaningful, and significant lives.

Prof. Mohan Dutta is Dean's Chair Professor of Communication. He is the Director of the Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), Massey University developing culturally-centred, community-based projects of social change, advocacy, and activism that articulate health as a human right.

The event will be held on Wednesday 6 July at 7pm on Facebook and YouTube.

Attendees can RSVP here.