How can we best support and develop the next generation of humanities researchers?
What are the future knowledges and skills sets needed for the humanities academic workforce and graduates?
What are the consequences of gender inequities for the health and capability of the humanities academic workforce?

The Future Humanities Workforce project will provide a new and comprehensive account of Australia’s humanities research workforce and plan for its future knowledge and skills requirements to ensure we are positioned to adapt to changing research environments, digital disruption, and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

This three-year project, commencing in 2018, aims to:

  • investigate the sustainability of the research workforce, with a focus on gender equity, workforce diversity, and early career researcher development;
  • identify skills and knowledge priorities for future research and workforce environments, with a focus on data and digital literacy; and
  • develop a distinctive set of workforce strategies to ensure the sector is best placed to contribute to Australia’s future, enabling effective responses to global opportunities and challenges, and to changing national research and training needs.

Project team

Led by the President of the Academy and ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA, the project team includes Professor Jane Lydon FSA FAHA and Professor Graham Oppy FAHA, the Academy’s Director, Policy & Research, Dr Kylie Brass, and Research Officer, Dr Iva Glisic.


Further information

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This project is funded by the Australian Research Council through the Learned Academies Special Projects scheme. The scheme invests in the future of Australian research by providing vital funds to the Learned Academies to support strategic disciplinary initiatives.