Information related to research interest "Decolonizing Youth Work Practice"

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  • Faculty of Education and Arts

  • Nat Sch of Arts

  • Dr Jen Couch

    I am a senior lecturer in youth work and coordinator of the youth work and international development degree. I came to ACU 12 years ago after working extensively in the youth and community sectors in Australia and South Asia. I have established a national reputation for my work in the area of refugee young people and resettlement, and have recently completed the first longitudinal ethnographic study to explore refugee young people and homelessness in Australia.
    I have worked with, and on behalf of, young people in the areas of refugee settlement, displacement, homelessness, rights and participation, torture and trauma, and capacity building. I have published widely in the area of young people and marginalisation and I am particularly interested in working in hopeful and positive ways to change social inequalities and exclusion.

    I have conducted ethnographic and qualitative research in Australia, USA, Mexico, Thailand, India and Tibet. I am experienced in a range of empirical research methods including in-depth interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, photography and ethnography and have used these in a range of fieldwork situations from anti-capitalist protests in India, USA, Australia and Mexico, working children's movements in India and cyber resistance in Tibet. My current research is focused on youth work in conflict zones, decolonizing youth work practice and embedding Southern Theory into pedagogy.

    I am an accredited supervisor for Honours, MPhil and PhD students. I have supervised postgraduate students working on an array of projects that focus on marginalised communities often with the aim of readdressing social injustices.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3560 (Melbourne) Email :


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