The Youth Research Collective takes a holistic approach to children’s and young peoples’ lives, seeking to understand and improve their learning, participation and wellbeing.
The Collective's research and development programs use a strength-based style and emphasise mixed-method approaches where appropriate, in international and local settings.The Collective conducts projects in partnership with a range of stakeholders, and engages in teaching and postgraduate research supervision, drawing on interdisciplinary methods that include the arts, health sciences, education and history.
Projects focus on the early years through to young adulthood and on the institutions and organisations that serve their needs.
Statement of capabilities
The Youth Research Collective (YRC) has expertise in longitudinal, qualitative and mixed-method research techniques. As well as research, the Collective has expertise in professional development and program development for professionals in the education, youth and health sectors both nationally and internationally. The YRC has the capacity to supervise postgraduate students.
- Research & Consultancies
- Postgraduate Student Supervision
- Publications & Resources
Professor Hernan Cuervo
Hernan Cuervo is a Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and Director of the Youth Research Collective at the University of Melbourne. He is a Chief Investigator on the Life Patterns research program.
His research interests focus on sociology of youth, specifically in relation to youth transitions; rural young people, focusing on the tension between aspirations and belonging; and theory of justice, applied to rural educational issues.
Hernán coordinates and lectures subjects in the Master of Education, Graduate Certificate of Education Research, Master of Teaching, and Breadth (undergraduate) level. He was previously coordinator of the degree ‘Graduate Certificate of Education Research’ and the Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, at the MGSE; and convenor of the Rural Education SIG at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). He is an advisory policy member for the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) and the Red de Comunidades Rurales (Argentina); an editorial board member of the Journal for Research in Rural Education (USA) and the Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud (Colombia); and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Youth Studies (Springer).
Hernán has just published a new monograph, 'Thinking about Belonging in Youth Studies' with Professor Anita Harris (Deakin) and Professor Johanna Wyn (University of Melbourne)(.
Dr Jenny Chesters
Dr Jenny Chesters joined the Life Patterns Project team as a Research Fellow in 2016.
Her research interests focus on transitions between education and employment throughout the life course; inequality in educational attainment; and social stratification. She has extensive experience collecting and analysing quantitative data and qualitative data. She has also conducted secondary analysis of national and international data sets such as the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) and the German National Education Panel Study (NEPS); administrative data supplied by universities; and NAPLAN data. Jenny has presented papers at national and international conferences and published in the fields of inequality in educational attainment, transitions between education and employment education and social stratification.
Dr Babak Dadvand
Babak works in areas of inclusion, social justice and youth participation.
His research focuses on the impacts that policies and practices of educational institutions have on young people from socio-economically marginalized backgrounds. Babak is currently working as a research associate at the Youth Research Centre on the Australian Research Council Linkage Project ‘Defining the Status of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Young People’.
Anne Farrelly is a Research Fellow working on a range of projects across the Youth Research Centre.
She worked with staff from the Centre on the Victorian Department of Education and Training Resilience Project developing a Social and Emotional Learning framework and curriculum resources for students in Kindergarten to Year 12. She is also part of a team that developed the Connect with Respect curriculum for UNESCO Asia-Pacific. She teaches in the Breadth subject, Concepts of Childhood and the Masters of Teaching Primary subject, Social and Professional Contexts. She is completing a Masters of Philosophy examining what impacts the judgment and decision-making of police officers when interviewing children in relation to allegations of sexual abuse.
Professor Johanna Wyn
Johanna Wyn is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the Youth Research Collective at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the Academy of Social Sciences, UK.
She is engaged in multidisciplinary and multi-method research on the ways in which young people navigate their lives in a changing world, with a focus on the areas of transition, gender, wellbeing and inequality. Her work recognises that young people are active citizens, cultural creators and active agents in learning and wellbeing. She leads the ARC funded Life Patterns longitudinal research program and has a strong research track record of competitive research grants and consultancies and tenders from a range of stakeholders, including government departments, foundations and the private sector.
Dr Annie Gowing
Annie leads the Student Wellbeing Specialisation in the Master of Education and also teaches in the wellbeing area in the Master of Teaching. She has been active in the area of student wellbeing within schools and in policy development for over 25 years.
Annie has a background in both social work and education and has worked extensively in student wellbeing roles in Queensland and Victoria and also held a student wellbeing management role in the Victorian Department of Education. Her most recent experience is schools was a leadership position in north east Victoria where her portfolio covered student wellbeing and engagement. Her PhD researched school connectedness and this, along with school climate and the concepts of helping and caring in the school context are her key research interests.
Dr Jun Fu
Dr Jun Fu is a Research Fellow at the Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. His research interests include digital media, citizenship practices of young people, and media and digital literacy education. He has published in journals and edited book collections in the field of youth studies and citizenship education. In 2018 Dr Fu joined the Life Patterns longitudinal research project and was a co-researcher in the Lifelong Learners: Re-engagement with Education throughout Young Adulthood.
Dr Fu is a coordinator and teaching associate of the subjects ‘Learning and the Digital Generations’, ‘Youth Leading Change’, ‘Education Research Methodology’ and ‘Education Capstone Research Project’.
Dr Mark Mallman
Dr Mark Mallman is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. His research involves qualitative, sociological studies of youth, social class (including class cultures, classed valuations, and social mobility), higher education, rurality, intercultural relations, migration, and multiculturalism. These intersect in recent projects conducted in collaboration with sociologist colleagues and the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Department of Education and Training. The most recent example is research on refugee background university student experiences of intercultural relations in regional Australian university campuses (conducted at the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research, La Trobe University). Mark currently works with the Life Patterns research team, focusing on young people’s trajectories and experiences of inter-generational social mobility.
Dave Camilleri is a lecturer and PhD student. He has worked as a secondary school teacher, university educator, and has 15 years of experience working with adolescents in a variety of contexts. Dave's research and teaching interests include student engagement and wellbeing, philosophy, critical and creative thinking, developmental psychology, and gifted and talented education. Dave teaches in a range of subjects within MGSE relating to student wellbeing, philosophy, sociology as well as a clinical teaching specialist. In 2016 Dave was awarded the Dr Lawrie Shears Doctoral Scholarship Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET)
Honorary Research Fellow
Professor Johanna Wyn
Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
The team at the Youth Research Collective is involved in a wide range of research projects.View
Read the array of publications the YRC has produced, including a series of research reports.View
Research Higher Degree Students
View a list of recent graduates as well as students currently studying a higher degree with the Youth Research Collective.View
Life Patterns is an Australian Research Council funded project following the lives of young Australians since the 1990s. The project has followed two cohorts of young Australians, beginning in 1991 and 2005. The project will follow a third cohort who will become members in 2021.
The Youth Research Collective contributes to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education's world-renowned Master of Teaching program and the new Master of Education, which includes nine specialisation options.
Master of Teaching
Discover the unique and innovative Master of Teaching curriculum, which combines theory and practice to offer powerful insights into children and young people, and how they learn.
Master of Education
Delve into contemporary education issues, connect with the latest developments in the field, and garner the expertise to move beyond the classroom with a Master of Education.
The Collective contributes to a range of undergraduate studies, including a suite of breadth subjects on youth, citizenship & identity. Available breadth subjects include:
Concepts of Childhood
This subject examines the questions raised by this continuing body of research and relates them to current understandings of childhood and to recent changes in policies regarding children in diverse local and international contexts.
Youth Leading Change
This subject explores young people as change-makers and problem-solvers against a backdrop of social transformation in Australia and globally. It provides students with thinking tools for addressing local and global problems in everyday life and skills for leadership.
Ethics, Gender and the Family
The family continues to be regarded as a private institution that should be immune to public scrutiny, despite the increasing intervention in the family by public institutions - notably, the law, education, medicine and social services.
Learning and the Digital Generations
Students are introduced to the complex and emerging relationships between learning and digital communications. Drawing on the idea of digital generations, it enables students to gain an understanding of the ways in which digital communication is integrated into the lives of new generations.
Youth and Popular Culture
Explore how children and young people construct and reconstruct their sense of selves against the backdrop of pervasive contemporary popular cultures.
Please find the latest Annual Reports available for download in PDF format
View a full list of research publications that the Youth Research Collective has been involved in.
Listen to some podcasts that the Youth Research Collective has been involved in.
Youth Participation Model
The Youth Participation Model framework is designed to assist those planning for child and youth participation
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Youth Research Collective
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