Dr Jen Couch - Nat Sch of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)
Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor
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 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 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 protests 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 decolonizing 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.
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- Muslim Attitudes & Experiences Regarding Accessing Mental Health Services (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
- Survival Stripped Bare: An ethnography of Street Sex Work in Dandenong (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
- Improving Livelihoods of Nepali Youth: Social Enterprises in Nepal (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
- The Youth Work Relationship: working between ideals and reality, factors that impact the dynamic (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
- From strength to strength y'know?! Young women of refugee backgrounds doing youth participation (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
- Hanging out in the concrete jungle: exploring the culture of youth homelessness in Melbourne (Master) (Principal Supervisor)
- The Community Development Concepts of the Igorot Community, Benguet Phillipines (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
- Representations of the San in Botswana (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
- Shacking up: Australian Housing Workers Perceptions of women's romantic pathways out of homelessness (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
- Re[searching]4Sex: An exploration of Contemporary Sexual-Relational Research Involving Young people in Australia (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
- Listening to young people in out of home care (Master) (Principal Supervisor)
Ili-based Community Organising: An Igorot Indigenous Peoples Concept for Grassroots Collaboration??? , in Journal of Social Inclusion 9(1)
Together we Walk: The importance of Relationship in working with refugee young people, in The Sage Handbook of Youth Work Practice
The trails to get there: Experiences of attaining higher education for Igorot Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines, in Australian Journal of Adult Learning 57, (2) June 2017
On the borders of Pedagogy: Implementing a critical pedagogy for students on the Thai Burma Border, in Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 57(1) 01 Apr 2017
'Neither here nor there': Refugee young people and homelessness in Australia, in Children and Youth services Review, Vol 74.
We are what we teach: Teaching Youth Work on the Thai Burma Border. , in Journal of Applied Youth Studies, v.2, n.1
Do Immersion Tours have long-term transformative impacts on students? A study of Australian university students in a Tibetan host community in India, in Journal of Applied Youth Studies, v.2.n.2
Deviance and moral panics , in Sociologic: Understanding Everyday Culture and Society, Oxford University Press
Uncovering Margnalised Knowledges: Undertaking research with hard to reach young people, in International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches
My Life Just went Zig Zag: Homelessness and refugee young people, in Adolescent Wellbeing: Trends, Issues and Prospects, Pullen, D.F and Caroll, A. (eds), Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (2013) Tasmania.
Survival Stripped Bare: Young People's Participation in a Street Sex Market, , in New Community Quarterly
On Their Own: Perceptions of Services by Homeless Young Refugees, , in Developing Practice,
Homeless Twice: Refugee Young People and Homelessness in Australia, , in International Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, Vol. 21, issue 1, pp. 1-23
Young People, Old Issues: Methodological concerns in research with highly marginalised young people, in Youth Studies Australia (print version)
A New Way Home: Exploring refugee youth homelessness, , in Journal of Social Inclusion
My Life Just went Zig Zag: Homeless experienced by young people of refugee background, , in Youth Studies Australia
Our lives, our say: Street and working children talk about their rights in Delhi, in Journal of Social Inclusion
Invisible No More: Considering the participation of Refugee Young People in Community Development, in New Community Quarterly
Who Decides work for working children? Exploring Agency and Decision making with young workers in Delhi, in New Community Quarterly
Mind the Gap Considering the Participation of Refugee Young People, in Youth Studies Australia