The Centre for Children & Young People welcomes enquiries from highly motivated and appropriately qualified people wishing to undertake postgraduate research at either Masters or Doctoral level. We are happy to discuss projects of an interdisciplinary nature that focus on children and young people. For enquiries please email Professor Anne Graham.
Current post graduate students
Antonia Canosa is currently undertaking her PhD with the CCYP and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management under the supervision of Professor Anne Graham, Dr Meredith Wray and Dr Brent Moyle. Antonia's research aims to explore how tourism may shape the lives, experiences, behaviours and aspirations of young residents of an Australian tourist destination. Antonia is particularly interested in exploring ways in which young people create a sense of identity and a sense of place and belonging in transient communities such as Byron Bay using ethnographic and participatory methodologies.
Danielle Notara holds a 3 year PhD Scholarship, commencing in February 2016 and embedded within the ARC Linkage project titled, 'Young people with cognitive disability: relationships and paid support'. Danielle's PhD research is exploring the role of supported decision making for socially isolated young people with cognitive disability. Specifically, it examines whether, how and under what conditions supported decision making facilitates social justice outcomes for the young person from their perspective and how supported making policy addresses structural inequality. The research utilises tailored interview and mapping methods based in Social Geography and draws upon Iris Marion Young's Politics of Difference Theory as an analytical frame.
Recently completed higher degree research candidates
Kate Neale 's thesis explored children's views and experiences of ethical consumption within a family context. Ethical consumption enables a person to engage with societal problems through their consumption practices. Children's status as both current and future consumers, along with their influence over family consumption decisions, make their contribution to the field of sustainability an important one. The research draws on theoretical interests linked to childhood studies, sociocultural theory and commercial enculturation and adopts innovative methods in its ethical considerations to involving children in research. Its findings challenge dominant understandings of children's consumption and shows how ethical consumption offers the children a means by which they can (and DO) participate in broader societal issues such as environmental, social and economic impacts of consumption. This is an exciting contribution to understanding the ways children can (and DO) participate as members in society, who otherwise do not have the power to vote or necessarily participate in political activism.
Helen Widdop Quinton has been chipping away at a PhD for number of years after commencing part time at Monash University (as well as teaching full time) where her candidature was confirmed. In 2012 Helen followed her principal supervisor, Assoc Prof Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, to SCU and with the support of an APA scholarship from SCU and additional supervision from Professor Anne Graham, she is planning to complete her study in 2013. Her research interests focus on connecting learning to lived experience, exploring adolescents' interactions with their meaningful everyday places and spaces; working with schools in Melbourne and the remote eastern Himalayan region of India.
Julia Truscott is the recipient of an International Endeavour Award Scholarship to study towards a Masters of Education (by thesis) at the CCYP which she completed in 2014. She was supervised by Professor Anne Graham and Associate Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie. Julia explored the growing interest in nature kindergartens in Australia. Her project investigates children and teachers' perceptions of risk and how this affects play experiences in nature at pre-schools, with a wider interest in how contemporary childhood is changing.
Huynh Thi Nhan Hieu is currently completing her PhD with the CCYP under Renata Phelps and Anne Graham's supervision. Her thesis is titled "Teachers' perceptions of child-centred education and its potential in supporting Jrai ethnic minority primary students in Gia Lai, Viet Nam".
Danny Hatchman has recently completed his Educational Doctorate with the CCYP under the supervision of both Anne Graham and Brad Shipway. His work centres around the religious practice and spiritual lives of young adolescents in transition from primary to secondary Catholic education. His thesis is titled "An exploration of influences on faith-nurtured students' religiosity and spirituality in transition from Primary to Secondary Catholic schooling - the perspective of students".