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Professor Philip Taylor

Professor Philip Taylor

Philip is the Director of Australian Retirement Research Institute (ARRI) and a Professor of Human Resource Management within the Federation Business School, Gippsland Campus. His research interests focus on the relationship between age and the labour market, individual orientations to work and retirement, employer attitudes and practices regarding older workers, and public policy concerning the prolongation of workers lives.

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Dr Sonia Allen

RN, RM, PhD, MACS, Grad Dip Hlth Sc (Community), BHSM, GCPHE, FCHSE

Sonia works in the School of Rural Health, Monash University, Churchill Campus. She has a distinguished career in clinical nursing, management and education. Her publications and public speaking are both nationally and internationally acclaimed. Sonia's passions on life's continuum have traversed from being a District Midwife, through governance and resource allocation to issues associated/concerning older persons and government policy.

Dr Catherine Earl

PhD, Grad Dip Ed, BA (Hons)

Catherine is a Research Fellow within the Federation Business School, Gippsland Campus. Her research interests include the changing nature of welfare, work and retirement, gender and social change, and Asian middle classes.

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Dr Samanthala Hettihewa

BCom(Hons) (Sri Lanka), MA(Hons) (New Hampshire USA), PGDipAppStats (Sri Lanka), PGDipAppFinance (FINSIA Aust), PhD (New Hampshire USA). F FINSIA, CFA, FPA

Samanthala is a researcher within the Federation Business School, Mt Helen Campus.

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Dr Nicola F Johnson

PhD, MEd, BEd, Dip Tchg (Prim)

Nicola is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Higher Degrees by Research within the Faculty of Education and Arts, Gippsland Campus. Her research problematizes so-called 'internet addiction', and critically examines the social phenomena of internet usage, technological expertise, and the use of technologies in formal and informal settings.

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Dr Ernesto Valenzuela

Ph.D. (Purdue), M.Sc. (Southern Illinois University)

Ernesto is the Associate Dean Research within the Federation Business School. His research interests are in the areas of international trade and development, natural resource economics, general equilibrium modelling, and regional economics. His most recent project involves developing social and economic composite indexes to assess changes in regional resilience over time, and to identify the enablers of economic productivity and social and community development.

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Dr Helen Weadon

B.Ed, M.Ed, Ed.D (ACU)

Helen is the Undergraduate Program Coordinator within the Federation Business School, Mt Helen Campus. Her 30-year career as an educator includes experience in secondary schools, TAFE and more recently higher education. She has an interest in pedagogy and curriculum planning, and currently teaches management skills to undergraduate Business students.

Helen's research interests include mature-age students, the experiences of students moving between the vocational and higher education sectors and transition experiences of people mid to late career. She has recently been appointed to the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board (Grampians) and Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA) committee.