Myth: Struggle Street: urban geography and disadvantage (6:30-8pm)

8 September 2015

Associate Professor Deborah Warr, The University of Melbourne

This event was developed in partnership with University of Western Sydney

Are we disadvantaged by our address or by how the media portrays it?

Facilitated by David Borger, Western Sydney Director, Sydney Business Chamber with expert panelists Councilor Stephen Bali, Mayor of Blacktown, Dr Shanthi Robertson, University of Western Sydney Peter Rogers WESTIR.

Deborah Warr is based at the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, Centre for Health Inequalities, Melbourne School Population and Global Health. Her research focuses on settings of place-based disadvantage and includes inquiry-based, evaluation and community driven projects. In addition to projects involving analyses of social networks, she works with communities to document innovative local initiatives and is currently involved in projects using creative methods to explore experiences of place-based stigma, and digital technologies to explore the sociospatial roaming circles of social groups in suburban landscapes.

David Borger is the Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber who has a long history of serving Sydney's west. David was Mayor of Parramatta (1999-2007) and then the elected Member for Granville in the New South Wales Legislative assembly (2007-2011). One of his ministerial portfolios was the Minister for Western Sydney (2008-2011).

Mayor Stephen Bali is a life-long resident of Doonside who's facebook page states that he "leads the largest and most dynamic City in NSW, Blacktown". He is a great advocate for Western Sydney who recently spoke out about, and protested against, the depiction of Mt Druitt in the SBS production Struggle Street.

Peter Rogers is Executive Officer of WESTIR LTD - Western Sydney Research and Information Service. A resident of the Greater West, most of his working life has been focussed in the region - from managing a community housing program in Parramatta, to tenants' advice service, to disability services, to his more than 20 years at WESTIR. He has a wide-ranging involvement in regional services and activities over the years including the Social Justice Social Change Advisory Committee at UWS, TRI Community Exchange and Penrith, Blacktown CDSE Committee, Western Sydney Advocacy Network, and heads the WESTIR team that resources community and government agencies across the Greater West with demographic and other statistics.

Dr Shanthi Robertson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney. Her research interests are on globalisation and migration studies, with a particular focus on cities, urban transformation and social and cultural diversity. She is currently working on an ARC funded project about temporary migrants living and working in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

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Special thanks to our funding partners

Time: 6.30 - 8.00pm

Location: Level 12 UWS City Campus 100 George St, Parramatta

Cost: Free

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