Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Monash University

Dr Rosalyn Black is a Lecturer within the Faculty of Education at Monash University, having previously been the Senior Manager of Research, Policy and Evaluation at the Foundation for Young Australians. Her career in education spans almost 30 years, combining teaching, policy development and research across the school, higher education, government and nonprofit sectors.

Her research interests include:
- policy and school reform to improve outcomes for marginalised young people
- school-community partnership and other joined-up education strategies
- youth identities, citizenship and participation.

These themes are combined in her PhD thesis (University of Melbourne), which investigates the democratic participation of young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds and the role of schools in this participation. Rosalyn is a member of the Youth Studies Australia International Editorial Board, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE).


  • 2013–present
    Lecturer, Monash University
  • 2001–2012
    Senior Researcher, Foundation for Young Australians


  • 2013 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 1999 
    RMIT University, Master of Social Science


  • 2013
    ‘Walking the Talk: Youth Research in Hard Times’, Co-authored with Lucas Walsh and Naomi Berman, in K. Te Riele & R. Brooks (Eds.), Negotiating Ethical Challenges in Youth Research (pp. 43-54). London: Routledge
  • 2011
    'Student participation and disadvantage: limitations in policy and practice', Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 463-474
  • 2011
    In Their Own Hands: Can young people change Australia?, Co-authored with Lucas Walsh, published by ACER Press
  • 2011
    'Young people on the margins: What works in youth participation', Co-authored with Lucas Walsh and Fiona Taylor, Youth Studies Australia, Vol. 30, No.1, pp. 42-48
  • 2011
    ‘Civic Participation for Community Capacity Building’, In D. Bottrell and S. Goodwin (Eds.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion, pp.173-183. Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2010
    'Promise or practice? Student participation in low-socioeconomic communities’, Youth Studies Australia, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 9-15
  • 2008
    Beyond the Classroom: Building new school networks, Published by ACER Press

Research Areas

  • Education Policy (160506)
  • Sociology Of Education (160809)
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development (130202)