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REF NO.: 27

SUBJECT: Memorial University event to highlight research on impacts of work-related travel

DATE: Nov. 16

Travelling long distances or being away from home for extended periods of time for work is reality for a growing number of people, including many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
 
Some are away for weeks or even months at a time before returning home, and the cycle repeats itself again. The consequences of this travel for families, workers, employers and communities are substantial and largely invisible.
 
On Monday, Nov. 19, researchers and community members will gather to discuss working away from home and its implications for families, communities, industry and policy at the Memorial Presents public forum, How Work-Related Travel is Changing Our World.
 
Presented by Memorial University’s Harris Centre and the On the Move Partnership, the event begins at 7 p.m. at Memorial University’s Signal Hill Campus in St. John's.
 
“Extended mobility for work is widespread in Newfoundland and Labrador and in many other parts of Canada,” said Dr. Barbara Neis, research director for the On the Move Partnership, a national research project headquartered at Memorial.
 
“The achievement of extended and complex mobilities to and within work and responding to the effects of these mobilities is a daily challenge in the lives of many people and organizations today. Their extent, distribution across groups, sectors and regions, their dynamics, and their consequences for workers and their families, employers, communities and regions have generally been poorly documented and poorly understood. Documenting and investigating this missing information has been the focus of much of our team’s research.”
 
At the forum, On the Move researchers and community partners will introduce some of their key findings and reflect on their implications for federal and provincial policy, communities, families, industry and unions.
 
Panellists include Mayor Lori Ackerman, Fort St. John, B.C.; Bob Glossop, Vanier Institute of the Family and On the Move advisory board co-chair; Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull, executive director, Alberta Workers’ Health Centre; Katherine Lippel, University of Ottawa Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law and On the Move policy component lead; and Deatra Walsh, Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, The Arctic University of Norway. Dr. Neis will provide an overview of research across the project and the panel discussion will be moderated by Rob Greenwood, executive director, Harris Centre.
 
The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on-site. For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be webcast live.
 
The session is being held as part of an international symposium taking place in St. John’s. The On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in Canada and Beyond International Symposium is bringing together researchers, students and community partners from across the On the Move Partnership to discuss research findings and plans for the future as the project comes to a close.
 
The On the Move Partnership includes more than 40 researchers from 17 disciplines and 22 universities, working with more than 30 community partners to design the research, interpret the results and disseminate the findings to diverse stakeholders. The partnership is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and Innovate NL.

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For more information please contact Cathy Newhook, manager, engagement and communications, Harris Centre, 864-7918, cathyn@mun.ca.

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