Dr Kathy Edwards


Senior Lecturer

School /
Work Unit

Global, Urban and Social Studies

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 8260



Building: 37
Level: 2
Room: 29

City Campus


Design & Social Context


Key activities

Kathy Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in the Youth Work Program within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. She coordinates a range of courses across the program, including Knowing Young People, Youth Work Ethics and Professionalism, Youth Policy and Youth Studies and Social Action. She also supervises students in honours and other research.

Kathy researches mainly in the areas of gender and youth. Her publications have focused on political socialisation, young people and multiple aspects of participation, social inclusion and youth policy, as well as on women, prostitution and sex-trafficking. Her most recent work concerns publishing outcomes from a systematic review of the literature concerning behavioural outcomes of Civic Education programs.

As a long time social activist Kathy brings a strong commitment to social justice for all, especially young people, to her teaching and research. She also focuses on bridging the gap between theory and practice, exploring social issues using a theoretical lens and using theory to contextualise, illustrate and explain social issues. In her teaching she is committed to active learning and on imparting broader-based skills such as critical thinking and the 'how to' as well as the 'what' aspects of learning.

Prior to her appointment at the RMIT Kathy held a variety of teaching and research positions at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the University of Sydney and the University of South Australia.


  • BA University of Adelaide 1988
  • BA (Hons) (Politics) University of Adelaide 1989
  • PhD UNSW (Political Science) 2000

Professional interests

Kathy is a member of the Australian Research Alliance for Childhood and Youth (ARACY).

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