Associate Professor Philippa Collin


Co-Director of Young and Resilient Research Centre (opens in a new window)
Principal Research Fellow at Institute for Culture and Society


Associate Professor Philippa Collin is Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University and co-director of Intergener8 Living Lab (opens in a new window). She researches the role of the digital in the social, cultural and political lives of young people, with a focus on the implications for health and wellbeing. Her work is also concerned with new forms of political participation, identity and governance as they relate to the dynamics of elitism and exclusion.

She has led more than 30 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 collaborations for engaged research. She is also a member of the scientific and advisory boards of the Raising Children Network and The Smith Family Digital Futures.

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

Contact Details

Telephone +61 2 9685 9535
Location Building EQ, Parramatta