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Lucas is Professor of Education Policy and Practice, Youth Studies and is acting Dean of the Faculty of Education. His research focuses on:

1. The political, economic, cultural, social and technological dimensions of young people's participation - in particular their transitions to post-school life across social, political, cultural and economic domains - and the implications of these for educators and policy. Current areas include youth transitions to employment and young people's experiences of citizenship.

2. How evidence can be used more effectively to support those working to improve the life-outcomes of children and young people.

3. Teacher professional learning and development in relation to the areas above.

Other areas of interest include developing joined-up approaches to school-community partnerships addressing the needs of young people and international education.

Lucas has worked in corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. He was a manager within the International Baccalaureate in the UK, has held four research fellowships and been invited to consult local and commonwealth governments. He has worked extensively in collaboration with universities, NGOs, governments and the private sector throughout his career and has briefed State and Federal Ministers and senior policy advisers.

He has been chief investigator on projects for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework, South Australian Government, Western Australian Government, Federal Department of Education and National Curriculum Board (ACARA). Lucas was also Director of Research and Evaluation at the Foundation for Young Australians. 
Lucas is currently co-chief investigator with Mark Rickinson on The Q Project (Quality Use of Evidence Driving Quality Education) funded by The Paul Ramsay Foundation. 
Twitter: #DrLucasWalsh


  • Young people
  • Young workers
  • Youth Development/Leadership
  • Youth Employment Opportunity Programs
  • Youth identities
  • Youth studies
  • Youth transitions
  • Workplaces and workplace change
  • Democracy
  • Civics and citizenship
  • Education
  • Education - internationalisation of the curriculum
  • Education and Work
  • Education and globalisation
  • Education and the global workplace
  • Education research
  • Educational Administration and Policy
  • Educational Reform
  • Educational Studies--Developing Countries
  • Educational Values
  • Youth employment
  • Educational Technology
  • Evidence use
  • Communities of practice
  • Teacher development

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Projects 2010 2018

Research Output 1998 2019

Beyond hope and outrage: conceptualizing and harnessing adversity capital in young people

Walsh, L., 2019, Young People and the Politics of Outrage and Hope. Kelly, P., Campbell, P., Harrison, L. & Hickey, C. (eds.). 1st ed. Leiden Netherlands: Brill, p. 169-185 17 p. (Youth in a Globalizing World; vol. 7).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

A case study of the generation and benefits of a community of practice and its impact on the professional identity of early childhood teachers

Kirkby, J., Walsh, L. & Keary, A., 14 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Professional Development in Education. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Education for youth civic and political action in Australia

Peterson, A., Black, R. & Walsh, L. L., 16 Mar 2018, The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education. Peterson, A., Stahl, G. & Soong, H. (eds.). Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Engaged but ambivalent: A study of young Indigenous Australians and democratic citizenship

Walsh, L., Zyngier, D., Fernandes, V. & Zhang, H., 14 Feb 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Harnessing student voice and leadership: a study of one Australian Indigenous leadership program

Walsh, L., Black, R., Zyngier, D. & Fernandes, V., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Pedagogy, Culture and Society. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2010 2018

  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 External research organisation, centre or institute
  • 1 Grant review responsibilities
  • 1 ​Hosting an academic or industry visitor

European Conference on Educational Research 2018

Niranjan Casinader (Invited speaker), Lucas Leslie Walsh (Invited speaker)
4 Sep 20187 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Fazal Rizvi

Niranjan Casinader (Host), Lucas Leslie Walsh (Host)
26 Sep 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitor types​Hosting an academic or industry visitor

Foundation for Young Australians (External organisation)

Lucas Walsh (Contributor)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Senior Research Fellow, The Foundation for Young Australians

Lucas Walsh (Fellow)

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research organisation, centre or institute

Honorary Fellow - Centre for Everyday Life - Murdoch University

Lucas Walsh (Member)
1 Jan 201028 Sep 2012

Activity: External Academic EngagementGrant review responsibilities