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Professor, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

I research the experience of youth in digital society and the implications of young people's digital practices for political participation, health and wellbeing.

I am the Co-Director of the Young and Resilient Research Centre where we look at the role of the digital in promoting the wellbeing of young people and their communities.

I work in partnership with diverse stakeholders as a Research Stream Leader in the Wellbeing, Health and Youth Centre of Research Excellence, researching how we can maximise young people's opportunities for good health.

Specifically, I am concerned with how diverse actors – including ‘end users’ - mobilise to solve policy problems – and to what effect.

My most recent book is: Young People in Digital Society: Control/Shift with Amanda Third, Rosalyn Black and Lucas Walsh

Young Citizens and Political Participation in a Digital Society, Palgrave Macmillan 2015.


  • 2019–present
    Associate Professor, Young and Resilient Research Centre, Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University
  • 2012–2019
    Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society
  • 2011–2016
    Research Program Leader, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
  • 2010–2011
    Research Fellow, Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy, University of Western Sydney
  • 2002–2010
    Various. Final position: Managing Director, Research and Policy, Inspire Foundation, Australia


  • 2009 
    Sydney University, PhD


  • 2019
    Young People in Digital Society: control/shift, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke
  • 2015
    Young citizens and political participation in a digital society: addressing the democratic disconnect , Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Young People, Technology and Wellbeing Research Facility
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian Sociological Association
  • The Australian Political Studies Association

Research Areas

  • Sociology (1608)
  • Policy And Administration (1605)
  • Citizenship (160602)
  • Political Science (1606)
  • Sociology Not Elsewhere Classified (160899)