Who You Know or Where You Go? The Role of Formal and Informal Networks in Finding Employment and Maintaining Wellbeing (ARC Linkage Project administered by the University of Sydney) (2016–2017)
Recent empirical studies have demonstrated that informal social networks improve well-being and labour
market outcomes for the unemployed in Europe. However, no comparable Australian study has been
conducted and there is little research on the role of the 'formal' networks represented by employment
services programs in Australia or overseas. This project will explore unemployed people's formal and
informal networks and the impact of those networks on employment status and wellbeing. The research will
inform unemployment policy design and service delivery by providing a greater understanding of the role that
social networks play in finding jobs and surviving unemployment.