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Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia

Dr Tim Moore has over 20 years of experience working within the child, youth, family and community sectors, working with young carers, children in out-of-home care, young people with disabilities, families affected by homelessness, mental illness and alcohol or other drug issues. Tim has developed significant interest and expertise in the broad field of children's participation. Drawing from his practice experience as a youth worker, Tim has helped design participatory processes, supporting children and young people to actively shape, facilitate, evaluate and lead projects that directly impact on their lives. He has conducted research in the areas of homelessness, young caring, juvenile justice, out of home care and Aboriginal youth. Tim has advised local and national peaks, advocacy bodies and governments on children and young people's participation.

Tim has a commitment to translating research to practice and maximising the impact of his research work. In 2010, Tim worked with Debbie Noble-Carr and Megan Layton to produce the Kids Central toolkit and training package for services working with children in the homelessness sector.

In 2012, Tim completed his doctoral studies which provided a group of experienced researchers with the opportunity to reflect on their practice and the practice of research with children in Australia, to consider how they understand children and childhood, and how their research is underpinned and influenced by the assumptions they hold. It asked researchers to consider how factors in the research environment (i.e. funding bodies, ethics committees, the broader academic field) influenced their research practice: the tensions that they have encountered and navigated their way through the often complex and 'messy' world of children's research. It promotes reflexive practice as a way of managing tensions and creating new theories of childhood.

In addition to his research roles, Tim has been a sessional lecturer in Social Work, Youth Work and Theology. Tim is also an associate of the Thomas Wright Institute, a member of the National People with Disability and Carer Council and is on the Board of Carers Australia.

Tim is based at ACU's St Patrick's campus in Melbourne.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University


  • 2013 
    Australian Catholic University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2005 
    Charles Sturt University, M Child & Adolescent Welfare
  • 2005 
    Australian Catholic University, M Youth Studies