Childhood, Education and Welfare: Research and Policy Insights Workshop

10.30am to 5.00pm, Wednesday 15 February 2017 at the University of Melbourne



The Melbourne Institute and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course were pleased to host a one-day workshop aimed at bringing together academics and policy makers to discuss how research related to childhood, education, and welfare can be implemented into practice. The workshop combined the knowledge of leading academic researchers, policy experts, and policy implementers in three different sessions around disadvantage during childhood, in education, and how the welfare system can address disadvantage in general.


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Wednesday 15 February 2017
10.30 - 10.45am Registration
10.45 - 10.50am Welcome by Abigail Payne, Director and Ronald Henderson Professor, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne
10.50 - 10.55am Anna Zhu, Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne
10.55 - 11.45am

Keynote lecture by Barbara Wolfe and Robert Haveman, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Robert Haveman Presentationpdf


Barbara Wolfe Presentationpdf

11.45am - 12.00pm Break
12.00 - 1.00pm Australian Children Growing up with Opportunity
  Deborah Brennan, Social Policy Research Centre, The University of New South Wales
  Rosalyn Bell, Assistant Commissioner, Inquiry Group, Productivity Commission

Anne Kennedy, Consultant in Early Childhood Education, Community Child Care Association Victoria

Anne Kennedy Presentationpdf

  Session Chair: Guyonne Kalb, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne
1.00 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 2.30pm Succeeding through Education

Deborah Cobb-Clark, Professor of Economics, School of Economics, The University of Sydney (presenting in place of Colm Harmon)



Simon Kent, Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Review, Department of Education and Training

Barbara Wolfe Presentationpdf

  Anne Hampshire, Head of Research and Advocacy, The Smith Family
  Session Chair: Chris Ryan, Director, Economics of Education and Child Development, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne
2.30 - 2.45pm Break
2.45 - 3.45pm Support through the Welfare System

Peter Whiteford, Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University


  Tim Reddel, Group Manager, Policy Office, Department of Social Services
  Shelley Mallett, Professorial Fellow, Social Policy, School of Social and Political Science, The University of Melbourne and General Manager, Brotherhood of St. Laurence
  Session Chair: David Ribar, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne
3.45 - 4.00pm Break
4.00 - 5.00pm Keynote lecture by Betsey Stevenson, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Michigan
  Closing Remarks by Janeen Baxter, Director, ARC Centre of Excellence, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), The University of Queensland
5.00pm Close