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1996 …2024

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Justen is an Associate Professor in the School of Curriculum Teaching and Inclusive Education. Justen is also the Associate Dean Staffing and Strategy within the Faculty of Education. Justen's research aims to transform sport and physical education settings to become more inclusive, diverse and healthy sites for participation. As a sociologist, Justen achieves this by challenging the entrenched boundaries that tend to limit and marginalise. His research demonstrates a commitment to widening notions of sport and physical education participation to encompass more informal and diverse sporting forms that prioritise meaningful social connection. Justen situates problems within complex socio-ecological systems, utilises mixed-method approaches to understand these problems and works closely with industry partners and other exceptional research scholars to generate outcomes. Consequently, Justen's research continues to be supported by a range of funding partners. Recent projects supported by the prestigious and highly competitive Australian Research Council include:

  • 'Informal sport as a health and social resources amongst diverse young people' ($250,000)
  • 'United on the field? Enhancing equity and inclusion in community sport'  ($404,954)

Justen has particular methodological expertise in the design and validation of measures for research utilising RASCH analysis.

Research interests

  • Transforming teaching and learning
  • Educating for diversity and inclusion
  • Enhancing health and wellbeing
  • Health and Physical Education curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • Informal sport participation
  • Social-ecological and complex systems drivers of physical activity and wellness
  • Inclusion in sporting and community settings
  • Mental well-being in community sporting settings
  • Children and community sport / physical activity
  • Motor skill learning

Supervision interests

Justen is interested in supervising and supporting students at the Honours, Masters and PhD level. Justen works with his PhD students to publish their findings in high-quality journals/books. He is interested in supporting students in the broad areas of:

  • Transforming teaching and learning in sport and physical education
  • Educating for diversity and inclusion in sport and physical education
  • Enhancing health and well-being (including mental health and well-being)
  • Health and Physical Education curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • Alternative or informal sport participation, community physical activity participation
  • Systems thinking in movement contexts, including social-ecological drivers of physical activity and wellness
  • Children and community sport / physical activity program evaluation or intervention
  • Designing and building scales for measurement using Rasch measurement model

Monash teaching commitment

EDF2171 Motor Control and Skill Acquisition: This unit explores the discipline of human movement, particularly how humans acquire and refine a broad range of movement skills. The study of motor control and skill acquisition is a broad area that uses foundational biophysical knowledge together with elements of psychology, sociology and understanding of growth and development to explore how and why the human body moves.

EDF4171 Advanced Sport and Exercise Science: This unit expands upon foundational physiological, kinesiological and psychological understandings of human movement science within health and physical education. 


Justen is a nationally recognised keynote presenter. He has given the keynote address at a range of conferences across Australia.

Justen has worked with a range of schools and sporting agencies. He was instrumental in developing 'On Track,' a modified program for Little Athletics. He has developed programs for childcare, Sports Without Borders, local government and schools including Elizabeth Murdoch College where he worked closely with staff to redevelop their HPE curriculum. Justen has done a range of workshops for school teachers in the area of physical education, curriculum and planning and assessment. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Health
  • HPE
  • Physical Education
  • PE
  • Curriculum
  • Pedagogy
  • Social Ecology
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Strengths Based Education
  • Inclusion
  • Professional Experience
  • Ecological Sociology
  • RASCH Analysis
  • Rasch modelling
  • Scale Design and Development
  • Assessment
  • Sport, social inclusion, social policy, diversity
  • Sports/Athletics
  • complexity
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Informal sport
  • Surveys and Survey Research
  • Transforming teaching and learning
  • Educating for diversity and inclusion
  • Enhancing health and wellbeing
  • Mental health
  • Mental well-being
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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