Change in leadership for the Youth Research Centre

Congratulations to Professor Helen Cahill who has been appointed our new Director of the Youth Research Centre.

Since joining the Youth Research Centre in 1994 as a Research Fellow, Helen has become an integral part of the Centre, taking on the role of Deputy Director in 2001.

Professor Lesley Farrell, Dean of the Graduate School, congratulated Helen on her distinguished career and reputation in youth studies both national and internationally, welcoming her into the new role.

“Helen’s passion, innovation and leadership in high impact research in this area forms the core of her impressive 23 year career at the Youth Research Centre,” she said.

“With the opportunity to focus more on her research, this appointment will ensure the continued success of the Centre.”

We also take this opportunity to thank Professor Johanna Wyn who has been Director of the Youth Research Centre for an outstanding 25 years.

Johanna was one of the key people involved in initiating the Centre in 1989 and has been a vital part of its growth, path-breaking research and enduring partnerships with organisations all over the world.

“Her work has set the agenda for youth research, analysing the impact of social change on the meaning and experience of youth,” said Professor Lesley Farrell.

“Johanna’s pioneering longitudinal research study of Australian youth, Life Patterns, has provided new insights into what makes Generations X and Y work, what this means for education and for workplaces in the future.”

In April 2017 Johanna received the University’s Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor title, established in honour of Sir Redmond Barry's contribution as founder of the University. This award recognises and rewards outstanding leaders within the University's professoriate.

Throughout her leadership of the Centre, Johanna has had an exemplary and sustained track record of competitive grants with over $5 million Australian Research Council and other competitive grants awarded. This, coupled with mentoring a new generation of high-performing youth research in Australia and internationally, demonstrates the nature and depth of her contribution to the Centre.

Johanna has stepped down from the role to focus on research projects and Research Higher Degree supervision. We wish her every success.

Congratulations Helen and Johanna.