Professor Peter Kelly
School of Education, Deakin University

As a Professor of Education in the School of Education my research focuses on young people, their education, training and employment pathways, and their health and well-being, at a time of profound planetary crises that have been identified as the convergence of the 6th Mass Extinction and the 4th Industrial Revolution.

ARC Linkage project:Creative industries pathways to youth employment in the COVID-19 recession

Projects:Young People’s Sustainable Futures Lab;Young People and the Anthropocene

​Recent books:Re-thinking Young People’s Marginalisation: Beyond Neo-Liberal Futures?;Young People and the Politics of Outrage and Hope;A Critical Youth Studies for the 21st Century;The Self as Enterprise: Foucault and the Spirit of 21st Century Capitalism;Working in Jamie’s Kitchen: Salvation, Passion and Young Workers

Dr Seth Brown

I am the Head of UNESCO UNEVOC at RMIT University. My work is in the socio-cultural studies of education in the context of wider social and cultural change. My research examines the socio-cultural influences on identity construction with a focus on how the socio-ecologies of places shape (particularly young people’s) possibilities, options and choices around their health and wellbeing, resilience, and enterprise. I have been a chief investigator on projects funded by the New South Wales Department of Education, Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN), Inner North LLEN and through charitable organisations such as the Collier Charitable Fund and The Anthony Costa Foundation. I explore responses to questions such as what education in the 21st century might look like, and what its purposes are, and what young people need to learn, the ‘skills’ that they need to develop to be productive, creative and enterprising.

James Goring
Research Fellow
School of Education, Deakin University

I am a Research Fellow with the School of Education at Deakin University. I have worked as teacher, project manager and a researcher with schools, TAFE, higher education and government. My research interests are the sociologies of youth and education. In particular, global education, training and labour market policy discourses aimed at young people’s 21st century skills – behaviours, dispositions and futures in times of crisis and disruption. At the Young People’s Sustainable Futures Lab, I work with young people in different places across metro and regional Victoria to co-design futures shaped by social and climate justice, inclusion, and difference and diversity.

Dr Shane Duggan
Business Design Manager @ Accenture Song

I work with leadership teams to facilitate and improve interaction between brands and their customers. As a designer and educator, I apply a critical and creative lens to identify what matters in the way brands, employees, and customers relate to each other.
As a former academic, I am interested in how young people are prepared for the future of work, especially in relation to questions of disadvantage, equity, access, gender, and race. My work looks at youth and education policy, particularly in relation to emerging technologies and the future of work. My first book, with Palgrave MacMillan — ‘Education Policy, Digital Disruption and the Future of Work: Framing Young People’s Futures in the Present’ — traces the intersection of young people’s lives, networked technologies, and the future of work.