Dr Shane Duggan researches how young people understand and engage in higher education and work in the context of shifting social, cultural and economic conditions.
senior secondary policy; youth identities; digital technologies; changing nature of work; narrative studies; value of higher education
Dr Duggan’s research focuses on how young people understand, plan for and engage in higher education and work in the context of shifting local and global social, cultural and economic conditions. Recently, Dr Duggan explored how young women from migrant backgrounds plan for the future during their final years of schooling. This study tracked a cohort of young people in Victoria for 15 months using digital narrative methods.
Dr Duggan’s research has contributed to recent reforms to higher education admissions policy in Australia. He is also an active voice in advocating for change in Senior Secondary Certification and the Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) through scholarly and media channels.
Dr Duggan is currently working on his first book, which traces the concept of aspirations and higher education in popular and policy discourse across three countries. He earned his PhD in 2016 from the University of Melbourne for his research into young people's experiences of the final year of secondary school in Victoria.
Dr Duggan was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Education.