Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability

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Welcome to the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability

The Centre

The Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability provides a platform for collaborative, inter-disciplinary work across the School of Business and Governance, all schools within Murdoch University and outside institutions. The Centre seeks to advance teaching and research in areas that are at the heart of key global challenges and relevant to future university graduates and society at large.

The Centre's objectives are to:

  • be an outward-facing and socially relevant organisation that engages with the communities it wishes to serve;
  • engage in high quality teaching and research to shape new thinking and practice on key aspects of responsible citizenship and sustainability; and
  • create an environment that is conducive to collaboration and promotes the development of research students and early career scholars.

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Invitation to 'CRCS Writing Retreat'

Updated 24 December 2017

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Each year the Centre hosts a summer Writing Retreat to foster a supportive culture of writing. The sequestered time allows us to engage more deeply with our emergent writing in ways that will sustain our writing and help to bring discrete writing projects to fruition. We will be subsidising 50% of the fee for 10 places this year bring the cost down to $172.50 for 3 nights including all meals. First in best dressed! The purpose of the Retreat is to begin to produce or endeavour to complete a piece of work. This may be an article ready for publication, a chapter towards a PhD or book, a paper for a conference or whatever goal you set for your three nights away. Each evening over a shared meal two people present work-in-progress to obtain constructive feedback on their research ideas and writing.

The Philosophy of Writing Retreats

To write over several days, participants must extract themselves from their social embeddedness. The configuration of different levels of seniority and mix of disciplinary expertise allows for a peer writing environment that is both collaborative and constructive because of the evening Work-In-Progress sessions.

Fern House (above) is air-conditioned and located in the restorative ocean setting of Safety Bay. Directly across the road is the beautiful beach and there are tranquil gardens with outdoor shady sitting areas to work quietly. Each room is equipped with a desk and ensuite. Often folk have a morning swim, walk the labyrinth to grapple with ideas, and often enjoy late afternoon beach walks together before an evening beverage and dinner.

Retreat Dates:
12-15th February 2018
2.5 days of writing
(arrive 3pm Mon depart 1.30pm Thurs)


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• Sequester time (2.5 days) to write away from your everyday
• Produce a written piece as close as ready for publication as possible
• To reflect, articulate, and share effective and productive writing practices
• Encourage a mutually-supportive writing culture and community of peers
• Create an environment conducive to exploring interdisciplinary interests
• Encourage interaction, support and sharing between the participants


Proposed Retreat Program

Monday 12th February

3pm Arrive at Safety Bay (Fern House, St John of God), find room, unload your car, setup workspace for several days of quiet writing.
5pm Beach walk (optional)
6.30pm Shared dinner in dining room
7.30pm Retreat opening – talk about writing plans and ground-rules, allocate Work-in-Progress groups for the evenings
Tue & Wed 13-14th February
8am Breakfast followed by quiet writing time; start when it suits you, break when it suits you.
12.30pm Lunch in dining room
1.30pm Quiet writing time; start when it suits you, break when it suits you.
5pm Beach walk (optional)
6.30pm Dinner in dining room
7.30pm Work-in-Progress discussions in which we each have 30-40 mins to talk about our current work, perhaps raising issues for problem-solving or presenting sections for discussion.

Thursday 15th February
8am Breakfast followed by quiet writing time; start when it suits you, break when it suits you.
12.30pm Lunch in dining room
1.30pm Depart


Registration Process
The CRCS summer writing retreats have been a great success.  To secure your place on the Retreat complete the application form and email it to Rochelle Spencer rochelle.spencer@murdoch.edu.au by 20 January 2018.

**First in receive the 50% subsidized fee**


Before the Retreat
Upon securing your place, you will be sent the follow:

• Notes on preparation and planning
• Checklist of what to bring
• Map and directions

To achieve your set goal, you will need to have thought about what you want to write and have done most of the preliminary reading and research. You’ll need to bring your resource material along.

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The Centre engages in theoretical and empirical work, seeking to shape new thinking and practice on key aspects of responsible citizenship and sustainability.

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The Centre is successful in attracting research funding, producing high quality research publications reaching national and international audiences.

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The team at the Centre includes scholars with expertise in a wide range of areas including policy, management, sustainability and development studies.

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