Professor Helen Cahill
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Professor Cahill has a distinguished career and reputation both internationally and nationally in youth studies, education and teacher development.
She leads inter-disciplinary and multi-method research with a particular focus on the use of participatory methods to investigate youth wellbeing, sexuality, mental health, gender and youth leadership. She has authored many wellbeing education programs for use in Australian schools and community settings in the Asia-Pacific region. She leads a suite of research projects variously investigating resilience, social and emotional learning, and the prevention of gender-based violence. She has a strong research track record of competitive research grants and consultancies from a range of education, health and development stakeholders, including government departments, the private sector, and international NGO’s such as UNICEF, UNESCO, and UNFPA. Her work is characterized by the use of innovative and embodied participatory methods which position young people as co-creators of knowledge developed about how to serve their needs.
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Michelle Tonissen is a Senior Administrator with the Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education with over 20 years experience in administration, project management and research with non-government and university organisations with a focus on gender, community and development.
Michelle’s role involves supporting staff members in the YRC in areas such as finance, human resources, publications, event and project management.
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.
Associate Professor Hernan Cuervo
Hernan Cuervo is an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and Deputy Director of the Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne.
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).
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.
Katherine Romei is a Research Assistant for the Resilience Rights and Respectful Relationships project at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
She holds a Masters of Teaching (Secondary). Katherine holds research and industry experience in the areas of education, gender, gender-based violence, English and literature and has experience in the research, construction and delivery of positive gender education programs.
Associate Professor Kylie Smith
Associate Professor Kylie Smith is a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the YRC. She has been active in early years education and policy development for the last 21 years and, for the past 16 years, has focused on researching how theory and practice can challenge the operation of equity for young children in classrooms, community spaces and government policy. Kylie coordinates and teaches two breadth subjects Concepts of Childhood and Ethics, Gender and the Family. She also teaches in the Masters of Education subjects, Leading Educational Ideas and Student Wellbeing: Negotiated Project, and is Associate Dean Research Training in the MGSE.
Associate Professor Helen Stokes
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Associate Professor Helen Stokes’ research interests include marginalised young people and access to education, identity formation and school leadership. She continues to work with Berry Street on Trauma Informed Positive Education in mainstream schools. She is Academic Coordinator for Master of Instructional Leadership (MIL) and teaches the capstone project in this program. She also coordinates Leadership in Schools for the Master of Teaching Program, and was Associate Dean (Equity and Diversity). She is currently Associate Dean (Staffing) in the MGSE and gained promotion to Associate Professor in 2016.
Professor Johanna Wyn
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Johanna Wyn is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the Youth Research Centre 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’.