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Lucas is Professor of Education Policy and Practice, Youth Studies and has served as Associate Dean (Berwick), Associate Dean (Academic Staff), Deputy Dean and Interim 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.

His work has included joint research, education and evaluation projects with industry, philanthropy and government, engaging with youth entrepreneurs and change-makers, and educators seeking to make a difference.

His lifelong passion for education has in part been because it is a key driver of social and economic change. Currently he is seeking to influence policy and practice by building connections and surprising alliances needed for evidence-based solutions to wicked problems.

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: #ProfLucasWalsh

Research area keywords

  • 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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