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The Gary Bouma Memorial Workshop Program

At the start of 2021, TASA introduced a new initiative,  'The Australian Sociological Association’s Workshop Program', which was subsequently renamed the Gary Bouma Memorial Workshop Program. While we appreciate the pandemic may continue to thwart scheduled events, we will continue to support and promote sociology where we can.

About the Workshop Program

  • Presenting TASA outwardly – engaging with the community
  • Potential for feeding into policy
  • Connecting with the research community
  • Bringing experts in from the community

Successful workshops will advance research within sociology and showcase TASA as the face of sociological/interdisciplinary research in the region; engaging with issues of national concern; advancement of knowledge; support innovative ideas, and, the potential of feeding into policy and practice development.
  1. Funding of $5,000 (per workshop) available for up to 2 workshops per year.
  2. Applicants must:
  3. a. include a minimum of 2 Early Career Researchers and a maximum of 20 disciplinary experts.
    b. detail planned publication outcome(s) for workshop.
    c. submit a post workshop report to TASA that can be referenced on TASAweb.
    d. present workshop findings at TASA’s conference in the year the workshop is held
  4. Applications will be reviewed and voted on by TASA executive.
The call for expressions of interest will be disseminated to members in May of each year, bar 2022 due to the ISA World Congress. Applications will be due in October of each year.

For 2024, please submit your expressions of interest, via the orange button below, by Monday October 16, 2023.

The selection process will occur at the November Executive meeting and an announcement will be made at TASA’s conference in November. Workshops will be held in the following year with the presentation and report expected in that same year. We will provide advice to applicants to seek additional funding either within their institution or another association with the potential of co-badging.

2022 Gary Bouma Memorial Workshops

Alone in lockdown: Personal, financial, and health impacts

27 May 2022
Organiser: Lara McKenzie

‘Alone in lockdown’ is a full-day, virtual workshop examining single and solo-living people’s experiences of government pandemic measures and lockdowns. It brings together social scientists, practitioners, and policy experts from across the globe to: 1) develop scholarly knowledge and practical recommendations on the needs and realities of those living alone during the pandemic; and 2) create international scholarly ties towards the submission of a journal special issue. The workshop aims to impact future policy by creating and documenting knowledge on the realities and challenges faced by those living alone and as single people during lockdowns. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative research, findings will inform the publication of a policy-focused workshop report, as well as future policy work undertaken by its participants. More information will be available soon. 

Sydney Urban Food Systems Innovations - What works and why?

February-June 2022 TBD
Organiser: Sarina Kilham

This will be an interdisciplinary interactive participant centred workshop that will include contributions from government and practitioners outside of academia. The workshop will map emerging knowledge of urban food systems innovations, impact pathways and strategies to guide urban food system innovations. As an interactive participant-centred workshop aimed at data co-creation with participant, each participant will have an opportunity to unpack their own knowledge on urban food systems innovations as well as discuss and brainstorm with other participants through structured group work activities. The workshop will generate knowledge on understanding ‘what works’ and ‘why’ in urban food systems innovations in an Australian context; strengthen cross-sectorial urban food networking and inform urban LGA food policy development. As this workshop is linked to a broader social research project that is a collaboration between local government and a university, it is anticipated that the workshop will feed into both practitioner and academic outcomes. Notably, the workshop data co-creation activities are anticipated to become the guide for further key stakeholders interviews, online crowd-sourced dialogue and focus groups. More information will be available soon. 

The late Gary Bouma

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