Professor to reveal insights into community struggles

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Professor to reveal insights into community struggles


Published on 8 June 2012

8 June 2012

What’s gone wrong with the development of our communities and how can they be fixed?

Professor Jim Ife, a renowned Melbourne academic and former president of Amnesty International Australia, will deliver a public lecture on the subject at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday 12 June.

The author and Honorary Professor at Deakin University and Victoria University established the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University in Perth.

Professor Ife’s insights are sought out by people working in human rights and social justice fields or interested in the issues.

His free lecture at USC from 3-5pm has attracted bookings from workers and academics from the Gold Coast to Cape York.

USC Social Work Program Leader Christine Morley said Professor Ife’s popularity was expected after his first lecture at USC in 2010.

“Community development is in a state of flux in response to a changing world and the heart of Jim’s work is how to achieve a democratic, socially just and sustainable future for all,” she said.

“He is concerned about the current agenda where economic imperatives have higher privilege than social considerations. He’s also an eminent scholar whose work has received accolades around the world so it’s exciting to have him on the Sunshine Coast.”

Professor Ife believes the current managerial context of human services and the dominance of neo-liberal ideology have created an environment hostile to conventional community development.

His lecture is one of a trilogy of free public lectures presented by the USC Social Work and Human Services programs.

Media are welcome to attend Professor Ife’s lecture. He will also be available for interviews.

— Julie Schomberg

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