Associate Professor Philippa Collin


Associate Professor, Institute for Culture and Society


Dr Philippa Collin is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University and co-Stream Leader in the NHMRC CRE-Adolescent Health (opens in a new window). 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 and social determinants of health and mental health.

Prior to joining Western, Philippa was the Managing Director of Research and Policy at (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), Navitas English, 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 research collaborations that have impact. In 2017 Philippa won the WSU Research Impact competition - further recognition of her role in leading highly engaged, collaborative research that is making a difference.

Her recent projects include: Developing an ethics of engagement with young people in adolescent health research in digital society (NHMRC-CRE); Co-designing employment services to work for multicultural, recently arrived and refugee young people (Navitas English); 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?

Research Interests

  • Child and Youth Studies
  • Digital Media Practices
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Youth mental health, health and wellbeing
  • Participatory Research and Design
  • Social determinants of health (specifically civic and political participation)

Qualifications and Recognition

  • Western Sydney University Research Impact Competition, Winner, 2017
  • Western Sydney University Research Excellence through Partnership award: Safe and Well Online team (with Dr Teresa Swist), 2015
  • Australian Political Studies Association – Best PhD Dissertation Prize for 2009
  • Institute of Social Sciences, University of Sydney – Best PhD Dissertation Prize for 2009
  • 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

Research & Publications

Contacts Details

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