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Project 5.4: Diversity and Longevity of the Manufacturing Workforce

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QUT

Lead Partner Organisation

As new technologies are introduced, workers must re-train, upskill and adapt as production processes and specific jobs are re-designed. Opportunities exist to diversify the workforce, retain ageing or injured workers, and create a new employee-value proposition.

With the aim of expanding the available pool of talent and addressing attraction issues, this Project will look at the implementation of collaborative robotic technology across all Partner Organisations with manufacturing operations. It will explore the potential for new technologies to provide jobs that might be attractive to younger applicants and previously under-represented groups of workers in manufacturing, such as women or people with a disability.

Further, the study will consider how such technology might address retention and knowledge management issues by enabling injured or ageing workers to remain in meaningful and secure employment.

This Project will not have a PhD student but will be undertaken by Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Chief Investigators with collaboration of partner organisation, WELD Australia.


Associated Researchers

Paula McDonald

Chief Investigator (Human-Robot Workforce program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Greg Hearn

Research Program Co-lead (Human-Robot Workforce program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Glenda Caldwell

Research Program Co-lead (Designing Socio-technical Robotic Systems program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Anjali Tumkur Jaiprakash

Chief Investigator
Queensland University of Technology
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Sean Gallagher

Chief Investigator
Swinburne University of Technology
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Melinda Laundon

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Human-Robot Workforce Program)
Queensland University of Technology
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