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Centre for Children and Young People

Adjunct Professors

Cashmore Judy Cashmore is the Chair of the Centre for Children and Young People's Advisory Board. Judy has a background in developmental psychology and is a distinguished researcher in the care and protection of children. She has published widely and served on a number of government committees concerning child protection and policy. Judy has also been involved as a consultant with a range of Federal and State organisations and she presented the non-government report on Children's Rights to the United Nations. Contact Details


Professor Nigel Thomas Nigel Thomas is Professor of Childhood and Youth Research at the University of Central Lancashire and Director of The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation. His research interests are principally in child welfare, children's rights and participation, and theories of childhood. His publications include Children, Family and the State: Decision-Making and Child Participation (Policy Press 2002); Social Work with Young People in Care (Palgrave 2005); Children, Politics and Communication: Participation at the Margins (Policy Press 2009); and A Handbook of Children and Young People's Participation: perspectives from theory and practice (with Barry Percy-Smith, Routledge 2010). He was from 2005 to 2011 co-editor of the journal Children & Society, and is now Chair of the Editorial Board. He is also on the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Children's Rights.


Deborah Brennan Deborah Brennan is one of Australia's leading researchers in comparative social policy, early childhood education and care and gender and politics. Deborah has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the NSW Ministerial Carers Advisory Council, a former President of the Australian Political Science Association and was the Inaugural Convenor of the National Association of Community Based Children's Services (NABCBS). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the United States Study Centre, University of Sydney.

Deborah serves on the editorial advisory board of Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, Families, Relationships and Societies and the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. She is a member of the Feminist International Institutionalist Network (FIIN), the International Network on Leave Policies and Research and the Network on Migration and Care in the Asia-Pacific.

Deborah leads the University of NSW component of a Commonwealth funded Collaborative Research Network that links the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW) and the Centre for Children and Young People (Southern Cross University).


Bettina Cass Professor Bettina Cass is a Professor(part-time) in the CRN program, and Emeritus Professor at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW. She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Bettina's major responsibilities for the CRN are to: advise on relevant projects within the Centre for Children and Young People; assist with the development of grant applications; assist with publishing activities through mentoring and advising colleagues in CCYP, both through holding writing workshops and individual mentoring; co-supervise Higher Degree Research students; and assist with the planning and organisation of research workshops and participate in them. Her research on issues and policies relevant to children and young people include studies of young people with family caregiving responsibilities; the experiences and needs of families where grandparents are the primary care-giver; understanding the views and experiences of young people living in disadvantaged circumstances about policies which would make a difference for them; analysis of childcare policies; analysis of Australian and international family policies, including family tax/benefits systems; policies which facilitate work/life balance for people with parenting and other caregiving responsibilities. In all of her work she brings research evidence into engagement with policy debate and development.