All Hands on Deck

Work, skill and material production

at a time of human and environmental calamity

A cross-disciplinary symposium

19-21 July 2023

Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Sydney, Australia

With the cumulative impacts of the changing climate, the ongoing pandemic, and tense geopolitical circumstances impacting all aspects of life, self-sufficiency and local resilience are all increasingly vital. In this context, human and environmental survival will partly depend on nation states to work together, but also on people’s skilful capacity to care and repair – individually and collectively.

Is there a disconnect between the types of work and training available, and the types of skills and capacities needed in the future?

What kinds of work – paid and unpaid – will be genuinely needed in the future, and what sorts of skills and capacities will this require?

This project acknowledges the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation upon whose ancestral Country the UTS campus now stands, and the Dharawal, Yuin and Wadi Wadi peoples as the Custodians of Country in the Illawarra, where the UOW campuses are situated. We pay respects to the Elders, past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional Custodians of knowledge for these lands.

The event is funded by: Dr Jesse Adams Stein’s Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE210100158), the University of Technology Sydney, and the Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society & Space (ACCESS) at the University of Wollongong. (See Convenors for project information.)


Image 1: Bushfire smoke in Sydney, photograph by Dylan.