Dr Philippa Collin


Dr Philippa Collin with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.

Dr Philippa Collin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. A social scientist, Philippa researches the role of the digital in the social, cultural and political lives of young people, with a focus on the implications for the promotion of mental health, wellbeing and citizenship. Her work is also concerned with new forms of political participation, identity and governance as they relate to the dynamics of elitism and exclusion.

Prior to joining Western, Philippa was the Managing Director of Research and Policy at Reachout.com (opens in a new window) having held various roles in programs, policy and research (2002-2010). From 2011 – 2016 Philippa was a Research Program Leader for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre examining how new technologies can promote safe and supportive environments and promote the safety and wellbeing of young people aged 16 - 25. Philippa has led or been a key investigator on more than 20 funded projects with community, government and industry partners including the Multicultural Youth Action Network (NSW), Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Foundation for Young Australians, Google Australia/NZ, the Office for Youth, and a number of NSW and Federal Government Departments. In 2015 she was awarded the WSU Deputy Vice-Chancellors Award for Research Excellence through Partnership, recognition of her  deep commitment to building effective collaborative relationships across sectors for engaged research that has impact.

Her recent projects include: a study of the conditions for a Young People, Technology and Wellbeing Research Facility (Australian Research Council, 2010–15); a five-year study of The Role of Online Campaigns for Promoting Young People's Safety and Wellbeing (Young and Well CRC 2011–16); and developing a concept and process for Cultivating Digital Capacities (Google/WSU 2015 – 2016). A passionate advocate for participatory and intergenerational approaches, Philippa sits on the scientific and advisory boards of the Raising Children Network and The Smith Family Digital Futures and is a judge for the Whitlam Institute's national essay competition for school students: What Matters?

Qualifications

PhD, 2009, University of Sydney

Honours (1st Class), 2003, Communications, University of Technology Sydney

BA, 2002, Social Science and International Studies, University of Technology Sydney

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Grants and Current Projects

Title: Centre for Research Excellence in Adolescent Health
Partners: University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, UTS
Funding Body: NHMRC
Timeframe: 2017–2022

Title: Foundation Project for a Young and Resilient Living Lab
Partners: Google
Funding Body: Google, Western Sydney University Partnership Grant
Timeframe: 2016–2017

Title: Smart, Skilled, Hired and Diverse
Partners: Navitas English
Funding Body: Navitas English (NSW Department of Industry)
Timeframe: 2017–2020

Title: Code for Online Ethics and Decisions
Partners: Behavioural Insights Team
Funding Body: Navitas English (Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation)
Timeframe: 2017–2020

Title: Foundation Project for a Young and Resilient Living Lab
Partners:
Google
Funding Body:
Google, Western Sydney University Partnership Grant
Timeframe:
2016–2017

Recent Projects

Title: Refugee Youth Peer Mentoring
Partners:
Multicultural Youth Action Network
Funding Body:
NSW Premier and Cabinet (via MYAN)
Timeframe:
2017

Title: Young and Well CRC
Partners: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (opens in a new window)
Funding Body: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Timeframe: 2011–2016

Title: Safe and Well Online: the Role of Social Communications for Youth Safety and Wellbeing
Partners: University of South Australia, Queensland University of Technology, Zuni
Funding Body: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Timeframe: 2011–2016

Title: Young People, Technology and Wellbeing Research Facility
Partners: Inspire Foundation; Foundation for Young Australians; Telstra Foundation
Funding Body: Australian Research Council
Timeframe: 2010–2015

Title: Raising Children Network Media Content: Strategic Review
Partners: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (opens in a new window)
Funding Body: Raising Children Network
Timeframe: 2015

Title: Digital Capacities Index
Partners: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (opens in a new window), Google
Funding Body: Google, Western Sydney University Partnership Grant
Timeframe: 2015–2016

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Honours and Awards

2017: Western Sydney University Research Impact Competition, Winner

2015: Western Sydney University Research Excellence through Partnership award: Safe and Well Online team (with Dr Teresa Swist)

2010: Australian Political Studies Association – Best PhD Dissertation Prize for 2009

2010: Institute of Social Sciences, University of Sydney – Best PhD Dissertation Prize for 2009

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Selected Publications

Books

Collin, P 2015, Young citizens and political participation in a digital society: addressing the democratic disconnect (opens in a new window), Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Book Chapters

Collin, P, Lala, G & Fieldgrass, L 2018, ‘Participation, empowerment and democracy: engaging with young people’s views’ in P Alldred, F Cullen, K Edwards & D Fusco (eds), The SAGE handbook of youth work practice (opens in a new window), Sage, pp. 183-196.

Collin, P, Notley, T & Third, A 2018, 'Cultivating (digital) capacities: a role for social living labs?', in M Dezuani, M Foth, K Mallan & H Hughes (eds), Digital participation through social living labs (opens in a new window), Chandos Publishing, Amsterdam, pp. 19-36.

Third, A & Collin, P 2016, 'Rethinking (children's and young people's) citizenship through dialogues on digital practice', in A McCosker, S Vivienne & A Johns (eds), Negotiating digital citizenship: control, contest and culture (opens in a new window), Rowman & Littlefield International, London.

Collin, P 2016, 'Digital media', in K Huppatz, M Hawkins & A Matthews (eds), Identity and belonging, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire.

Boeck, T & Collin, P 2012, 'Youth and adult researcher reflections on participatory research in Australia and the United Kingdom', in J Fleming & T Boeck (eds), Involving children and young people in health and social care research, Routledge, Oxford, pp. 197-208.

Collin, P & Burns, J 2009, 'The experience of youth in the digital age', in A Furlong (ed.), Handbook of youth and young adulthood: new perspectives (opens in a new window), Routledge, Oxford, pp. 283-91.

Collin, P 2005, 'Transnational trajectories - regional integration and cultural identity: lessons from the Australian experience', in K Barclay & W Peak (eds), Exclusions and convergences: social change around the pacific, Universidad de Guadalajara Press, Jalisco, pp. 316-46.

Journal Articles

Magee, L, Kearney, E, Bellerose, D, Collin, P, Crabtree, L, Humphry, J, James, P, Notley, T, Sharma, A, Third, A & Yorke, S 2018, 'Addressing a volatile subject: adaptive measurement of Australian digital capacities' (opens in a new window), Information, Communication & Society, DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2018.1543441.

Swist, T & Collin, P 2017, 'Platforms, data and children's rights: Introducing a "networked capability approach"' (opens in a new window), New Media & Society, vol. 19, no. 5 pp. 671-685.

Swist, T, Hodge, B & Collin, P 2016, '"Cultural making": how complexity and power relations are modulated in transdisciplinary research' (opens in a new window), Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, DOI:10.1080/10304312.2016.1186606.

Orlowski, S, Matthews, B, Bidargaddi, N, Jones, G, Lawn, S, Venning, A & Collin, P 2016, 'Mental health technologies: designing with consumers' (opens in a new window), JMIR Human Factors, vol. 3, no. 1, DOI: 10.2196/humanfactors.4336.

Collin, P & Swist, T 2016, 'From products to publics? The potential of participatory design for research on youth, safety and well-being' (opens in a new window), Journal of Youth Studies.

Collin, P 2015, 'Review essay: learning from the political theories of the young' (opens in a new window), International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, vol. 6, no. 4.1, pp. 771 -777.

Collin, P 2014, 'The civic web: young people, the internet and civic participation' (opens in a new window), Information, Communication & Society.

Collin, P 2014, 'Digital enhanced? mediated migration and "fourth wave" Chileans in Australia' (opens in a new window), Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 532-548.

Ellis, L, Collin, P, Hurley, P, Davenport, T, Burns, J & Hickie, I 2013, 'Young men's attitudes and behaviour in relation to mental health and technology: implications for the development of online mental health services' (opens in a new window), BMC Psychiatry, no. 13, pp. 119.

Ellis, L, Collin, P, Davenport, T, Hurley, P, Burns, J & Hickie, I 2012, 'Young men, mental health and technology: implications for service design and delivery in the digital age', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 14, no. 6, p. 160.

Collin, P, Rahilly, K, Stephens-Reicher, J, Blanchard, M, Herrman, H & Burns, J 2012, 'Complex connections: meaningful youth participation for mental health promotion', Youth Studies Australia, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 36-47.

Collin, P, Metcalf, A, Stephens-Reicher, J, Blanchard, M, Herrman, H, Rahilly, K & Burns, J 2011, 'ReachOut.com: the role of an online service for promoting help-seeking in young people', Advances in Mental Health, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 36-48.

Collin, P 2010, 'Building and connecting to online communities for action: young people, ICT and everyday politics', International Journal of E-Politics: Special Edition on E-Democracy - Online Youth Participation and Engagement, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 1-18.

Vromen, A & Collin, P 2010, 'Everyday and informal youth participation: comparing views and practices of Australian policy practitioners with young people from diverse backgrounds', Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Studies, no. 18, pp. 97-112.

Collin, P 2008, 'The internet, youth participation policies and the development of young people's political identities in Australia', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 527-42.

Collin, P & Blanchard, M 2008, 'Promoting participation of young people from new and emerging communities', Migration Action, no. 3, pp. 17-20.

Webb, M, Burns, J & Collin, P 2008, 'Providing online support for young people with mental health difficulties: challenges and opportunities explored', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 108-113.

Collin, P 2007, 'Policies for youth participation and the development of new political identities', Conference Proceedings, National Youth Affairs Conference, Melbourne, pp. 11-18.

Swanton R, Collin P, Sorensen I & Burns J 2007, 'Engaging, understanding and including young people in the provision of mental health services', International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 325-32.

Oliver, K, Collin P, Burns J & Nicholas J 2006, 'Building resilience in young people through meaningful participation', Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, vol. 5, no. 1,.

Collin, P 2006, 'Australian-Chilean / Chilean-Australian… where to host the hyphen? A post-national reading of identity for the travelling subject', Graduate Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 15-30.

Collin, P 2004, 'From the Andes to the Outback: transnational trajectories and cultural identity', Portal, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 1-26.

Published Reports

Spears, BA, Taddeo, CM, Collin, P, Swist, T, Razzell, M, Borbone, V & Drennan, J 2016, Safe and Well Online: learnings from four social marketing campaigns for youth wellbeing (opens in a new window), Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Spears, BA, Taddeo, CM, Barnes, A, Collin, P, Swist, T, Webb-Williams, J, Kavanagh, P, Drennan, J, Razzell, M & Borbone, V 2016, Connect. Challenge. Do. Design and evaluation of Goalzie: a goal-setting campaign to promote help-seeking for wellbeing (opens in a new window), Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Spears, BA, Taddeo, CM, Barnes, A, Collin, P, Swist, T, Webb-Williams, J, Brock, C, Kavanagh, P, Drennan, J, Razzell, M & Borbone, V 2016, Something Haunting You? Reframing and promoting help-seeking for young men: the co-creation and evaluation of a social marketing campaign (opens in a new window), Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Collin, P, Lala, G, Palombo, L, Maci, G, Marrades, R & Vromen, A 2016, Creating benefit for all: young people, engagement and public policy (opens in a new window), Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Swist, T, Collin, P, McCormack, J & Third, A 2015, 'Social media and the wellbeing of children and young people: a literature review' (opens in a new window)(PDF, 520KB). Prepared for the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Perth.

Spears, B, Taddeo, C, Barnes, A, Collin, P, Swist, T, Drennan, J, Scrimgeour, M & Razzell, M 2015, 'Appreciate A Mate': helping others to feel good about themselves, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Spears, B, Taddeo, C, Swirski T, Keeley, M, Katz I, Collin P, Daly T & Bates, S 2014, Research on youth exposure to, and management of, cyberbullying Incidents in Australia. Part C: An evidence-based assessment of deterrents to youth cyberbullying (opens in a new window),  Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney.

Spears, B, Keeley, M, Daly, T, Taddeo, C, Katz, I, Swirski, T, Collin P & Bates, S 2014, Research on youth exposure to, and management of, cyberbullying incidents in Australia. Part C: An evidence-based assessment of deterrents to youth cyberbullying. Appendix A: Literature review - international responses to youth cyberbullying and current Australian legal context (opens in a new window),  Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney.

Spears, B, Taddeo, C, Daly, T, Swirski, T, Keeley, M, Katz, I, Collin, P & Bates, S 2014, Research on youth exposure to, and management of, cyberbullying incidents in Australia. Part C: An evidence-based assessment of deterrents to youth cyberbullying. Appendix B: Findings of research with adult stakeholders (opens in a new window),  Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney.

Spears, B, Taddeo, C, Swirksi, T, Daly, T, Keeley, M, Katz, I, Collin, P & Bates, S 2014, Research on youth exposure to, and management of, cyberbullying incidents in Australia. Part C: An evidence-base assessment of deterrents to youth cyberbullying. Appendix C: Findings of research with youth (opens in a new window),  Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney.

Spears, B, Taddeo, C, Swirksi, T, Daly, T, Keeley, M, Katz, I, Collin, P & Bates, S 2014, Research on Youth Exposure to, and Management of, Cyberbullying Incidents in Australia. Part C: An Evidence-based Assessment of Deterrents to Youth Cyberbullying. Appendix D: Supplementary Data and Analysis (opens in a new window), Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney.

Hagan, P, Collin, P, Metcalf, A, Nicholas, M, Rahilly, K, & Swainston, N 2012, Participatory design of evidence-based online youth mental health promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention and Treatment, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Collin, P, Rahilly, K, Stephens-Reicher, J, Blanchard, M, Herrman, H & Burns, J 2011, Meaningful participation for promoting mental health and wellbeing of young Australians, Inspire Foundation, Sydney.

Walsh, L, Lemon, B, Black, R, Mangan, C & Collin, P 2011, The role of technology in engaging disengaged youth: final report, Australian Flexible Learning Framework, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.

Third, A, Richardson, I, Collin, P, Rahilly, K & Bolzan, N 2011, Intergenerational attitudes towards social networking services and cybersafety: a living lab, Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing, Melbourne.

Collin, P, Rahilly, K, Richardson, I & Third, A 2011, The benefits of social networking service: a literature review, Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing, Melbourne.

Collin, P 2008, Young people imagining a new democracy: a literature review, The Whitlam Institute, Sydney.

Burns, J, Collin, P, Blanchard, M, De-Freitas, N & Lloyd, S 2008, 'Preventing youth disengagement and promoting engagement' (opens in a new window), Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, ARACY, Perth.

Bell, J, Vromen, A & Collin, P 2008, Rewriting the rules for youth participation – inclusion and diversity in government and community decision-making, National Youth Affairs Research Scheme, Canberra.

Professional Membership

Australian Political Studies Association

International Political Studies Association

The Australian Sociological Association

Contact

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