Judith Bessant is a Professor at RMIT University. She researches and writes in the fields of politics, youth studies, policy, sociology, media-technology studies and history.
Judith Bessant has a particular interest in questions about justice, age, youth studies, economics, politics and history. She is widely published with a number of books and refereed journal papers.
Spiritually she is an aspiring anthropologist committed to trying to better understand how we strange humans think, value, make and do things. Her favourite activities are hanging out with her family and friends. She has a zero tolerance for hypocrisy and avoids grumpy people. Prior to becoming an academic Judith was a secondary school teacher. She really enjoys supervising post-graduate students.
She was appointed to the first Chair of Youth Studies and Sociology in Australia in 2004 at RMIT University. Judith has also performed a number of university governance roles as Research Director, member of School Executives, University Research Committees, Chair of University Approval and Examination Research Committees and she was appointed as the Vice Chancellor's Representative, on RMIT University, Academic Board. At other universities she has served in similar roles and on the University Senate. Professor Bessant has also established and consolidated research centres and worked to found and consolidate a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
She also advises governments and non-government Organizations.
In 2017 Professor Bessant was awarded an 'Order of Australia' (AM) for her significant service to education as a social scientist, advocate and academic specialising in youth studies research.
Please direct all mail to her RMIT address. Professor Bessant's CV is available from her on request.
- Bessant, J.,Watts, R. (2023). ‘Blah, Blah, Blah … [not] business as usual’: politics through the lens of young female climate leaders In: Australian Journal of Political Science, , 1 - 17
- Bessant, J. (2022). Young Women, Gender and the Future of Political Participation? In: The Oxford Handbook of Political Participation, Oxford University Press, London, United Kingdom
- Bessant, J. (2021). Making-Up People: Youth, Truth and Politics, Taylor & Francis, London
- Bessant, J. (2021). Representations of Young People and Neoliberal Developmentalism in the Global South In: Oxford University Press Handbook of Global South Youth Studies, Oxford University Press, United Kingdom
- Bessant, J.,Lohmeyer, B. (2021). Politics of Recognition When Students Protest In: When Students Protest: Secondary and High Schools, Rowman & Littlefield, United Kingdom
- Bessant, J.,Mesinas, A.,Pickard, S. (2021). Why It Is Important When Secondary and High School Students Protest: Introductory Essay In: When Students Protest: Secondary and High Schools, Rowman & Littlefield , United Kingdom
- Bessant, J.,Mesinas, A.,Pickard, S. (2021). Student Protest in the Global South: Introductory Essay In: When Students Protest: Universities in the Global South (Volume 2), Rowman & Littlefield, United Kingdom
- Bessant, J.,Mesinas, A.,Pickard, S. (2021). Politics, Participation and University Students’ Action: Introductory Essay In: When Students Protest: Universities in the Global North, Rowman & Littlefield , United Kingdom
- Devries, M.,Bessant, J.,Watts, R. (2021). The Uncanny Political Work of Technologies In: Rise of the Far Right: Technologies of Recruitment and Mobilization, Rowman & Littlefield, United Kingdom
- Bessant, J.,Watts, R. (2021). The Criminalisation of Solidarity: Asylum-Seekers and Australia’s Illiberal Democracy In: Contentious Migrant Solidarity, Routledge, United Kingdom
1 PhD Current Supervisions4 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions
- New Possibilities: Young People and Democratic Renewal (externally led by Western Sydney University). Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2023 via Other University from (2023 to 2025)
- Australian youth work education: curriculum renewal and a model for sustainability for niche professions. Funded by: Australian Learning & Teaching Council from (2010 to 2013)
- A comparison of housing wealth and welfare behaviour of Australians and Britons. Funded by: ARC Linkage International ICI - Social Sciences Collaboration from (2007 to 2009)
- A ten-year comparative analysis of work, benefit and skill trajectories of parallel cohorts of trade and bachelor graduates' working lives. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2006 Round 1 from (2006 to 2012)
- Enhancing Capacity for Change: Promoting Leadership in Sustainable Consumption amongst Australian Youth. Funded by: ARC Discovery 2006 from (2006 to 2011)