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Lucas is Professor of Education Policy and Practice, Youth Studies and is acting Dean of the Faculty of Education. He is exploring responses to the questions: what does the world beyond school look like for young people and what types of education and training do they need to navigate it? His research thus focuses on:

1. The political, economic, cultural, social and technological dimensions of young people's participation - in particular their transitions to post-school life and the implications of these for educators, other service providers and policy makers. 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 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 an 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 2023

Research Output 1998 2019

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., 15 Mar 2019, In : Professional Development in Education. 45, 2, p. 264-275 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

Conceptualizing educational administration in diverse contexts

Walsh, L., 2019, Asia Pacific Education: Leadership, Governance and Administration. Fernandes, V. & Chan, P. W. K. (eds.). 1st ed. Charlotte NC USA: Information Age Publishing, p. 161-171 11 p. (Leadership, Schools, and Change).

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

Imagining Youth Futures: University Students in Post-Truth Times

Black, R. & Walsh, L., 2019, 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer. 153 p. (Perspectives on Children and Young People; vol. 9)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-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

Senior Research Fellow, The Foundation for Young Australians

Lucas Walsh (Fellow)

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research organisation, centre or institute

Foundation for Young Australians (External organisation)

Lucas Walsh (Contributor)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Honorary Fellow - Centre for Everyday Life - Murdoch University

Lucas Walsh (Member)
1 Jan 201028 Sep 2012

Activity: External Academic EngagementGrant review responsibilities

Press / Media

Youth underemployment

Lucas Walsh


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Victorian government's proposed overhaul of VCE.

Lucas Walsh


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment