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Heller School, Brandeis University; and Co-Editor of The American Prospect

Manufacturing Jobs and the Well-Being of Our Communities: A View From the U.S.

The loss of manufacturing jobs has caused widespread, lasting hardship in many industrial societies. And now, in the wake of Brexit and Trump, the political consequences of that ongoing hardship can no longer be ignored. Why is manufacturing work so important to the well-being of communities, and what can be done to start repairing the damage?


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Jill is a lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. Her research interests are elections and voting, political participation, and public opinion, particularly in Australia but also internationally. She is an investigator on several major survey studies of Australian public opinion and behaviour.


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David Turvey is the General Manager of the Insights and Evaluation Branch within the Economic and Analytical Services Division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

David oversees the production of the Australian Innovation System Report and Australian Industry Report, two of the department’s key publications, as well as the Department’s programme evaluation activities. The branch has a key role in adding to the evidence base on the factors that drive productive and globally competitive firms and industries and ensuring that this evidence is fed into policy advice and evaluation of programmes in the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio.

Prior to his current role, David held senior positions in the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Australian Treasury, the Department of Finance and at the Economics Department of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. David holds a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.


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Grant Anderson is the CEO of the ANCA Group, a world leading Australian manufacturer of Machine Tools, Motion Control Systems and metal fabrication. The company has three divisions of ANCA CNC Machines, ANCA Motion and Tinfish and has achieved market leadership through innovation and a commitment to research and development.

The ANCA Group Head Office is in Melbourne, Australia and has over 900 staff worldwide, 450 of who are based in Melbourne. ANCA exports around 98% of its product and under Grant’s leadership the group have tripled their sales since his appointment in 2010. 

Grant has over 40 years of experience in the design and manufacturing sectors. This experience encompasses export driven growth at the level of executive, CEO and managing director for a number of public and private best practice international companies.

Grant is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council and a life member of the FAPM.  Grant enjoys sailing on weekends.


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