Labour, race and belonging: Strengthening rural workforces and communities
Horticulture is Australia’s third largest agricultural industry and the seasonal nature of work in this industry poses challenges for workforce recruitment and development. Such challenges are often framed in terms of economic and policy considerations, but debates about the ‘backpacker tax’ and exploitation suggest that there are also complex racial dimensions associated with the industry.
This project aims to strengthen understandings of race and labour relations in Australia’s horticultural industry. Using an innovative historical-anthropological approach, this project will generate new insights into race and labour relations that can improve the equity and sustainability of horticultural industry workforces, and strengthen belonging within rural communities.
This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.