Dr Kathryn Daley is a Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. She is based in the Common Course Curriculum and Innovation Unit teaching into undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Kathryn undertakes applied social research drawing on a diverse array of methods. Her research focuses on young people, chronic disadvantage, drug use, self-injury, gender, practice development and research ethics.
In 2013, Kathryn coordinated the Statewide Youth Needs Census (SYNC), the first census of young people accessing AOD services in Victoria. She also developed training modules for the Youth AOD Toolbox and authored material for the newly established, Youth, Drugs and Alcohol Advice service. As well as this, Kathryn co-authored a report on young women in AOD treatment. In early 2014, she is undertaking a study evaluating ‘what works’ for young people accessing youth AOD services. Current work is on embedding a sustainable model of youth participation in youth services.
Research grants and awards
- Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education ($20,000)
- Australian Postgraduate Award
- Vice-Chancellor’s List Award
Kathryn is currently the course coordinator for Foundations of Social Research and Research Strategies for the Social Sciences. She has previously taught first year courses in sociology and politics, as well as the later year courses, Sociology of Drug Use and Organisational Studies.
Concurrent to this Kathryn undertakes research focused on disadvantaged youth. She has recently completed a PhD on young people’s pathways in and out of substance abuse and prior to her current appointment, was employed as a Research Fellow at the Youth Support + Advocacy service.
Kathryn is a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee.
- PhD, RMIT
- BSocSc (Hons), RMIT
- BSocSc (Psych), RMIT
Prior to academia, Kathryn worked in the community sector, initially in direct service provision – primarily in youth alcohol and other drug services – and more recently in research and practice development.
Kathryn is a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics (AAPAE). She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Sociology as well as Youth Studies.
- Daley, K. (2015). The wrongs of protection: Balancing protection and participation in research with marginalised young people In: Journal of Sociology, 51, 121 - 138
- Daley, K. (2015). "I'd just cut myself to kill the pain": Seeing sense in young women's self-injury In: Rethinking Youth Wellbeing, Springer, Singapore
- Kutin, J.,Bruun, A.,Mitchell, P.,Daley, K.,Best, D. (2014). Young People in Victorian Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Services: Technical Report In: Youth Support and Advocacy Service Melbourne, Australia
- Daley, K.,Kutin, J. (2013). YSAS Snapshot: Young women in youth alcohol and other drug services In: Youth Support and Advocacy Service Melbourne, Australia
- Daley, K. (2012). Gathering sensitive stories: Using care theory to guide ethical decision-making in research interviews with young people In: Youth Studies Australia , 31, 27 - 34
- Daley, K. (2009). The ethics of doing research with young drug users In: The Future of Sociology, Canberra, Australia, 1-4 December 2009