How do you build local resources into services? What is a place-based approach? How can services collaborate with communities more effectively?

Join RMIT’s Social and Globlal Studies Centre for an interactive conversation on place-based approaches. Our panel of experts will share their urban and rural experiences of what works and what doesn’t when developing and delivering local solutions to local problems. Featuring keynote speakers, Professor Lia Bryant (University of South Australia) and Mary Sayers (Deputy CEO Victorian Council of Social Service), plus a panel of experts who will respond to the presented case studies and audience questions to explore the principles and frameworks underlying what a best practice, evidence-based approach might look like.

About the Speakers:

Professor Bryant is an interdisciplinary researcher in the fields of social and cultural geography, sociology and social work from the University of South Australia. Her research focuses on rural community wellbeing, ageing and farmer suicide prevention. Mary Sayers is the co-author of Communities Taking Power which explores place-based approaches to disadvantage and poverty. She is the Deputy CEO of Victorian Council of Social Service and a founding member of the Future Social Service Institute and Honorary Associate of RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

Panellists include Dev Mukherjee (VCOSS) and Associate Professor Paul Ramcharan (RMIT, Social and Global Studies CentreSocial Policy and Practice Research Program Leader and Future Social Service InstituteDeputy Director).

Chaired by Professor Charlotte Williams OBE, Social, Policy and Practice Research Program member. Professor Williams research focuses on contemporary multiculturalisms, ethnicities and race as they interact with welfare, equality and social justice. She has extensively theorised issues of place, locality and nationhood as they impact on welfare practices.

Follow the event live on Twitter #placebasedSGSC

Nibbles will be provided.

This is a Social and Global Studies Centre Seminar Series Event which is our flagship series showcasing the very latest in innovative and ground-breaking research, findings and approaches to creating a more equitable society.

If you missed out on the event you can watch the livestream on our Facebook Page.


Swanston Academic Building
RMIT University
Building 80 Level 2 Room 2
445 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3000


18 October 2018


Nibbles Provided.