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:
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.