Information related to research interest "Youth work in post conflict areas"

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  • Faculty of Education and Arts

  • Nat Sch of Arts

  • Dr Jen Couch

    I am a senior lecturer who teaches in the youth work and international development degrees. I came to ACU 15 years ago after working extensively in the youth and community sectors in Australia and South Asia. I have worked extensively with refugee young people 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 and communities in the areas of refugee settlement, displacement, homelessness, rights and participation, 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 global justice activism in India, USA, Australia and Mexico, working children's movements in India and Indigenous communities in the Northern Philippines. My current research is focused on the role of young people in international development discourse, youth work in conflict zones and decolonising youth work practice.

    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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