Dr Fiona MacDonald is Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC), Victoria University. Fiona's research sits within the sociology of education discipline. Her research interests include middle childhood, social justice, social inclusion, inclusive education, gender and space and place. She has a particular interest in social and cultural influences in the lives of children and young people.
Her research is positioned at the intersection of education, belonging and connectedness for children and young people. Fiona’s research in schools and learning environments, both mainstream and alternative, investigates the significance of these spaces in the everyday lives of children and young people and how they negotiate these spaces.
Fiona is currently investigating; educational transitions for young people from custody, schools preparedness and response to bullying and cyber bullying, and building resilience in diverse communities in the face of natural disasters