Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Monash University

Associate Professor Lucas Walsh works in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He was previously Director of Research and Evaluation at The Foundation for Young Australians. Lucas has worked in corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. He has held four research fellowships and managed the International Baccalaureate’s Online Curriculum Centre in the UK. He has been invited to advise local, state and federal governments, including the National Curriculum Board and Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, presented nationally and internationally, and published one co-edited book and two co-authored books. His 2016 book, Educating Generation Next: Young People, Teachers and Schooling in Transition, is published by Palgrave Macmillan.
His research has covered a diverse range of areas related to young people, including:
• Youth transitions, wellbeing and economic, political, social and cultural participation
• International education
• Flexible learning, e-learning and culture
• Schooling, teaching, school leadership, school-community partnerships
• Developing joined approaches to addressing the needs and challenges of young people who are disadvantaged and “at risk”
• Creating cultures of diversity
• Citizenship and human rights
• Information and communication technology and young people
• Technology, cybersafety and e-democracy.


  • 2017–present
    Deputy Dean (Acting), Monash University
  • 2017–2017
    Associate dean (Academic Staff), Monash University
  • 2012–2016
    Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Berwick), Faculty of Education, Monash University
  • 2014–2015
    Co-Leader, Academic Community: Work, Learning and Leadership , Monash University
  • 2012–2013
    Senior Research Fellow, The Foundation for Young Australians
  • 2008–2012
    Senior Executive, Research and Evaluation, The Foundation for Young Australians, The Foundation for Young Australians
  • 2009–2012
    Fellow, Centre for Everyday Life , Murdoch University


  • 2002 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 1992 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Political Science)
  • 1991 
    University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma in Education


  • 2015
    Educating Generation Next: Young People, Teachers and Schooling in Transition, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2011
    In Their Own Hands: Can Young People Change Australia?(with Rosalyn Black), ACER Press
  • 2009
    Building Bridges: Creating a Culture of Diversity (with Fethi Mansouri, Louise Jenkins and Michael Leach), Melbourne University Publishing
  • 2007
    Recognition in Politics: Theory, Policy and Practice (edited with Julie Connolly and Michael Leach), Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Research Areas

  • Education (13)
  • Education Systems (1301)
  • Comparative And Cross Cultural Education (130302)
  • Political Science (1606)
  • Sociology Of Education (160809)
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment (160801)