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Maria Brown's and Michael Briguglio's academic paper "Discouragement Amongst Ageing Workers in Malta within an EU Context" has been recently published in Brill's academic peer-reviewed journal Societies Without Borders (Volume 4, Number 1, 2009), the official publication of the scholarly association Sociologists without Borders (SSF, USA).

"Discouragement Amongst Ageing Workers in Malta within an EU Context" is based on empirical research carried out by Brown in her dissertation for her Masters’ Degree in Sociology. In the paper, Brown and Briguglio investigate perceptions of unemployed ageing workers in Malta, in relation to disadvantages in the labour market and to discouragement with regard to chances of finding stable employment. The principal results are that educational level and number of breadwinners in one's household significantly affect perceptions; and that there are cases manifesting the 'discouraged worker effect', even though they are still registering to find employment.

Maria BrownMike BriguglioBrown and Briguglio conclude the paper with an insight on the recent case of the Malta shipyards, arguing that the struggle for productive employment requires mass representation of trade unions, which, in turn, require the construction of alliances to widen their appeal.

Dissemination of the results of the study on unemployed workers aged 40 years and over in Malta include Brown's and Briguglio's presentation of research results at the Postgraduate Workshop on Social policy in developing and transitional economies: challenges and possibilities - organised by the Social Policy Association (UK) and held at the University of Oxford during December 2007; an interview on the radio programme Research Matters - aired on Campus FM; and a review of the paper and the authors’ participation at the postgraduate workshop on the academic periodical Policy World (UK).

Maria Brown is a Research Assistant in the Department of Primary Education, Faculty of Education, University of Malta. She is currently pursuing her studies to obtain a doctorate in Education on empowerment and parental involvement in schools. She is also working on the EU FP6 Project Includ-ED.

Michael Briguglio is an Assistant Lecturer in Sociology at the Sociology Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta. He is currently reading for a doctorate in Sociology on EU accession and civil society empowerment: The case of Maltese Environmental NGOs. 

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