Ms Alexandra Hughes

Position

Casual Academic

School /
Work Unit

School of Global, Urban & Social Studies

Contact Details

No Phone

Location

City campus

College/Portfolio

College of Design and Social Context

Key activities

Alex is responsible for teaching in the Bachelor of Social Science, (Youth Work) and contributing to the development of the Masters in Youth Work Practice and Professional Leadership. Her particular interests lie in youth participation, reflective practice and young people’s ethnographic experiences.

Prior to her appointment at RMIT, Alex held the position as Senior Policy Officer for the State Government’s Office for Youth. In this position she was responsible for managing Young People Direct, the Victoria Government’s Youth Engagement Strategy, and providing advice and training to youth services, local and state government departments, in relation to youth participation and young people’s engagement in social and political action.

Alex has taught and developed a Student Wellbeing curriculum in the Education Faculty at Deakin University and taught in the Youth Work course at Victoria University. Before venturing into teaching and research, Alex spent many years as a youth worker, youth counsellor and community development worker in various NGO’s and youth services, with a focus on working with young people with mental health and drug and alcohol issues.

Alex is a member of YACVIC (Youth Affairs Council of Victoria) and works closely with youth sector networks in her teaching role.

Qualifications

Grad. Dip (Adolescent Health and Welfare), University of Melbourne

B Arts, University of Western Sydney

Research/Scholarship

Alex is currently undertaking her Masters by thesis, looking at individual, organisational and cultural factors that encourage reflective practice within the youth sector.

She has contributed to a number of research and evaluation projects as a researcher with the Australian Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne and as a consultant with Deakin University. These have included:

Research

  • “Health Promotion and Obesity in Primary Schools” research report-Deakin University (2005)
  • “The Physical Activity Project “– Research and data collection/analysis, Deakin University (2005)
  • “The Drug Prevention Toolkit” research report and publication –Youth Research Centre (2005)
  • “Young People Truancy and Drugs Research Project”- Literature review, Youth Research Centre (2005)

Report Writing and Publications

  • “The Good Stuff Guide”, 2007-School Focused Youth Service Western Region
  • “Values Education Curriculum for Years 7-12”, Curriculum Corporation and Deakin University
  • The Music VCAL Program Evaluation, Youth Research Centre, http://www.edfac.unimelb.edu.au/yrc/projects/vcal.html
  • “The Retention and Reintegration Project”-final and incremental reports and publications including teacher PD and parent education package, 2001

Availability

Full time, available for student consultations and assistance Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.