Professor, Education Policy and Practice, Youth Studies & Deputy Dean, Faculty of Education, Monash University

Lucas is Professor of Education Policy and Practice, Youth Studies. His research focuses on:
1. The political, economic, cultural, social and technological dimensions of young people's participation, and the implications of these for educators and policy. Current areas include youth transitions to employment and young people's experiences of citizenship.
2. How evidence can be used more effectively to support those working to improve the life-outcomes of children and young people.
3. Teacher professional learning and development in relation to the areas above.

Other policy areas of interest include:
International education
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
Information and communication technology and young people
Technology, cybersafety and e-democracy.

Lucas has worked in corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. He was a manager within the International Baccalaureate in the UK, held four academic research fellowships and has been invited to consult local and commonwealth governments. He has worked extensively in collaboration with universities, NGOs, governments and the private sector throughout his career and has briefed State and Federal Ministers and senior policy advisers.

He has been chief investigator on projects for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework, South Australian Government, Western Australian Government, Federal Department of Education and National Curriculum Board (now ACARA). Lucas was also Director of Research and Evaluation at the Foundation for Young Australians.


  • 2018–present
    Professor, Monash University
  • 2018–present
    Faculty deputy dean, Monash University
  • 2017–2018
    Faculty 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)