BA(Hons) (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ), MA(Research) (UNE), PhD (Monash), FAcSS


Distinguished Redmond Barry Professor Johanna Wyn, Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne, specialises in longitudinal research on young people, documenting their transitions across the dimensions of education, work, wellbeing, relationships and family life. Her research is policy-focused and she is interested in developing new research and policy approaches to chronic patterns of disadvantage amongst youth.

Other areas of interest include:

  • gender
  • social policy
  • identity.
  • Jantina Tammes Chair, University of Groningen (2010)

Main teaching, research or administrative posts

  • Director, Youth Research Centre, the University of Melbourne, 1991 - 2017
  • Deputy Dean, Faculty of Education, the University of Melbourne, 2002 - 2004
  • Head of Department, Education Policy and Management, Faculty of Education, the University of Melbourne, 2001 - 2005
  • Assistant Dean (Regional), Faculty of Education, the University of Melbourne, 2001 - 2004
  • Associate Professor, Department of Education Policy and Management, the University of Melbourne, 1995 - 2001
  • Senior Lecturer, Division of Policy and Context Studies, Faculty of Education, the University of Melbourne, 1989 - 1995
  • Lecturer, Department of Educational Sociology and Social Studies, Melbourne College of Advanced Education, 1983 - 1988
  • Tutor, Department of Educational Sociology, Melbourne State College, 1977 - 1982
  • Tutor, Department of Behavioural Studies, Faculty of Education, the University of New England, 1975 - 1976
  • Tutor, Department of Sociology, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, 1974
  • Distinguished Service Award, The Australian Sociological Association 2017
  • Distinguished Visitor Award, University of Auckland 2016.
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (Britain) 2016
  • Distinguished Research Career Award, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne 2014
  • Jantina Tammes Chair, University of Groningen, 2010
  • Adam Smith Award, University of Glasgow, 2005 (inaugural recipient)
  • Edward Clarence Dyason Universitas 21 Fellowship 2005, 1999
  • Canadian Studies for Foundations in Education Award (with Sandra Acker), 2000



White, R., Wyn, J., & Robards, B. 2017. Youth and Society: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Youth Experience (4th Edition) Oxford University Press: Melbourne.

Wyn, J., and Cahill, H. (Eds) 2015. Handbook of Childhood and Youth Studies, Singapore: Springer.

Woodman, D., and Wyn, J. 2015. Youth and Generation: Change and Inequality in the Lives of Young People, London: Sage.

White, R., & Wyn, J. 2013 (3rd Edition). Youth and Society: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Youth Experience, First edition 2004, second edition 2008.

Cuervo, H., and Wyn, J. 2012. Young People Making it Work: Continuity and Change in Rural Places, Melbourne University Publishing: Melbourne.

Beadle, S., Holdsworth, R and Wyn J. (Eds). 2011. For we are young and… Young people in a time of uncertainty. Melbourne University Publishing: Melbourne.

White, R., Wyn, J., and Albanese, P. 2011. Youth and Society: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Youth Experience, Canadian Edition, Oxford University Press: Toronto.

Andres, L. Wyn, J. 2010. The Making of a Generation: The Children of the 1970s in Adulthood, University of Toronto Press.

Wyn, J. 2009. Touching the Future: Building Skills for Life and Work, Australian Council for Educational Research: Melbourne.

Wyn, J. 2009. Youth Health and Welfare: The Cultural Politics of Education and Wellbeing, Oxford University Press: Melbourne: xiv + 162 pp.

Dwyer, P., & Wyn, J. 2001. Youth, Education and Risk: Facing the Future, Routledge/Falmer, London: viii + 221 pp.

Wyn, J., & White, R. 1997. Rethinking Youth, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, and Sage London: vii + 169 pp.

Wilson, B. & Wyn, J. 1986. Shaping Futures, Youth Action for Livelihood, Sydney: Allen and Unwin: vi + 140 pp.

Refereed journal articles

Cuervo H., and Wyn, J. 2017. A longitudinal analysis of belonging: Temporal, performative and relational practices by young people in rural Australia, Young, 25(3) 219-234.

Wyn, J. Cuervo, H., Crofts, J., Woodman, D. 2017. Gendered Transitions from Education to Work: The Mysterious Relationship between the Fields of Education and Work. Journal of Sociology. 53(2) 492-596.

Landstedt, E., Coffey, J., Wyn, J., Cuervo, H., & Woodman, D. 2016. The Complex Relationship between Mental Health and Social Conditions in the Lives of Young Australians Mixing Work and Study, Young. 25(4) 1–20.

Cuervo, H., and Wyn, J. 2016. An unspoken crisis: The ‘scarring effects’ of the complex nexus between education and work on two generations of young Australians, International Journal of Lifelong Education. 35 2):122-135.

Cahill, H., Coffey, J., Wyn, J., and Beadle, S. 2015. The challenge of addressing continuity in gendered patterns in Asia and the Pacific, Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 1 (1): 42-57.

Woodman, D., and Wyn, J. 2015. Class, Gender and Generation Matter: Using the concept of social generation to study inequality and social change, Journal of Youth Studies, 18 (10): 1402-1410.

Nairn, K., and Wyn, J. 2015. The New Girlhood and the Lost Boys: analysing the cultural politics of gender and education through film. Discourse, the Cultural Politics of Education, 36 (6): 821-832

Cuervo, H. and Wyn J. 2014. Reflections on the use of spatial and relational metaphors in youth studies. Journal of Youth Studies, Volume 17 (7): 901-915.

Woodman, D and Wyn, J. 2013. Youth Policy and Generations: Why Youth Policy Needs to ‘Rethink Youth’, Social Policy and Society, 12(2): 265-275.

Wyn, J. 2012. The Making of a Generation: policy and the lives and aspirations of Generation X, Journal of Educational Administration and History, 44(3): 269-282.

Wyn, J., Lantz, S., and Harris, A. 2012. Beyond the ‘transitions’ metaphor: family relations and young people in late modernity, Journal of Sociology, 48 (1), pp. 1 – 20.

Furlong, A., Woodman, D., Wyn, J. 2011. Changing times, changing perspectives: reconciling ‘transition’ and ‘cultural’ perspectives on youth and young adulthood, Journal of Sociology, 47 (4), pp. 355-370 [Best Journal of Sociology article 2011Award]

Wyn, J. 2011. The Sociology of Youth: A reflection on its contribution to the field and future directions, Youth Studies Australia 30(2): 37-42.

Wyn, J and Andres, L. 2011. Navigating Complex lives: a longitudinal, comparative perspective on young people’s trajectories, Early intervention in Psychiatry, 33 (Supplement 1) pp. 1-5.

Harris, A., Wyn, J., and Younes, S. 2010. Beyond apathetic or activist youth: ‘Ordinary’ young people and contemporary forms of participation, Young, 18(1): 9-32. [Most downloaded Young article 2009-2010)

Schultz, L., Wierenga, A., Guevara, J.R., Ratnam, S. & Wyn, J. 2009. ‘Global Connections - A tool for active citizenship’, Development in Practice, 19(8): 1023-34

Wyn, J. 2009. The Changing Context of Australian Youth and its Implications for Social Inclusion, Youth Studies Australia, 28(1) 46-50.

Harris, A and Wyn, J. 2009. Young people’s politics and the micro-territories of the local, Australian Journal of Political Science. 44(2): 327-344.

Wyn, J. 2007. Learning to become somebody well: challenges for educational policy, Australian Educational Researcher, 34(3) 35-52.

Harris, A., Wyn, J., & Younes, S. 2007. Young People and Citizenship: An Everyday Perspective, Youth Studies Australia, 26(3) 18-26.

Green J., Lo Bianco J., Wyn J. 2007. ‘Discourses in Interaction: The intersection of literacy and health research internationally’, Literacy and Numeracy Studies 15(2) 19-37.

Stokes, H. & Wyn, J. 2007. Young people’s identities and making careers: young people’s perspectives on work and learning, International Journal of Lifelong Education 26(5) 495-511.

Wyn, J. and Woodman, D. 2007. Researching Youth in a Context of Social Change: A Reply to Roberts, Journal of Youth Studies, 10(3) 373-381.

Wyn, J., 2007. Young People’s New, Diverse Patterns of Life and Their Implications for Recognising Participation in Civic Society, International Journal of Children’s Rights, 15(1): 165-179.

Wyn, J., & Woodman, D. 2006. Generation, Youth and Social Change in Australia, Journal of Youth Studies, 9(5) pp. 495-514.

Eckersley, R., Wierenga, A., & Wyn, J. 2006. Success and Wellbeing: A Preview of the Australia 21 Report on Young People’s Wellbeing. Youth Studies Australia, 25: 10-18.

Eckersley, R., Wierenga, A & Wyn, J. 2005. Life in a time of uncertainty: optimising the health and wellbeing of young Australians, Medical Journal of Australia, 183 (8), pp. 3 – 6.

Wright, J., MacDonald, D., Wyn, J., & Kriflik, L. 2005. Becoming somebody: Changing priorities & physical activity, Youth Studies Australia, 24(1), pp. 16 – 21.

Wyn, J. 2004. Becoming Adult in the 2000s: new transitions and new careers, Family Matters 68 (Winter), pp. 4-10.

Wyn, J. and Harris, A. 2004. Youth Research in Australia and New Zealand, Young 12(3), pp. 269-287.

Freeman, E., Strong, D., Cahill, H., Wyn, J., & Shaw, G. 2003. Enhancing Professional Practice: an innovative professional development strategy to support teachers in school-based mental health promotion, Journal of In-Service Education, 29 (2), pp. 277-293.

Wyn, J., Cahill, H., & Shaw, G. Making a Difference: Evaluating a student welfare approach to health promotion and while-school change, Learning matters. 7(1), pp. 12-15 (2002)

Willis, E., Miller, R., & Wyn, J. - Gendered embodiment and survival for young people with cystic fibrosis. Social Science & Medicine, 53(9): pp.1163-1174 (2001)

Wyn, J. 2001. The meanings of youth ‘marginalisation’. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 12(3): pp. 11-12.

Brown, S., Johnson, K & Wyn, J. 2001. Minimising the health Impacts of Gambling: Horn of Africa Community. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 7(1): pp.124-124.

Wyn, J., Acker, S., & Richards, E. 2000. Making a Difference: Women in management in Australian and Canadian Faculties of Education. Gender and Education, 12(4): pp. 435-448.

Wyn, J. Cahill, H., Carson, S., Holdsworth, R. & Rowling, L. 2000. Mindmatters, a whole school approach promoting mental health and well-being. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 34(4): pp. 594-601.

Wyn, J. & White, R. 2000. Negotiating Social Change: The Paradox of Youth. Youth and Society. 32(2): pp. 165-183.

Wyn, J. & Dwyer, P. 2000. New Patterns of Youth Transition in Education. International Social Science Journal. 164: pp. 147-159.

Wyn, J. & Dwyer, P. 1999. New Directions in Research on Youth Transitions. Journal of Youth Studies 2(1): pp. 5-21.

Dwyer, P. J., & Wyn, J. 1998. A new agenda: changing life-patterns of the post-1970 generation. International Bulletin of Youth Research. 17: pp. 27-34.

Brown, S., Johnson, K., Jackson, A., & Wyn, J. 1998. Healthy, Wealthy and Wise? The health implications of gambling for women. Australian Journal of Public Health Interchange. 4(3): pp. 156-162.

White, R. & Wyn, J. Youth Agency and Social Structure. 1998. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology. 1(1): pp. 23-38.

Dwyer, P & Wyn, J. 1998. Post-Compulsory Education Policy in Australia and its impact on Participant Pathways and Outcomes in the 1990s. Journal of Education Policy. 13(3): pp. 285-300.

Wyn, J. 1998. The Post-1970s Generation, issues for researching young people in Australia today. Family Matters. 49: pp. 44-46.

Wyn, J. & White, R. 1998. Young People, Social Problems and Australian Youth Studies. Journal of Youth Studies, 1(1): pp. 23 – 38.


Wyn, J., Farrelly, A., and Crofts, J. 2017. Australia. Handbook on Global Teens, K. Wells (Ed), Greenwood (US): ABC-CLIO.

Wyn, J. 2016. Educating for late modernity, In A. Furlong (Ed), Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood, London: Routledge.

Wyn, J. 2015. Gesellschaftliche Bedingungen des Auswachsens (A critical perspective on young people and belonging), In A. Lange, H. Reiter, and C. Steiner (Eds). Handbuch Kindheits- und Jugendsoziologie (Handbook of Childhood and Youth Sociology), Dordrecht: Springer.

Wyn, J., Cuervo, H., Landstedt, E. 2015. The Limits of Wellbeing, In K. Wright and J. McLeod (Eds)., Rethinking Youth Wellbeing, Dordrecht: Springer.

Wyn, J. 2015. Youth Policy and the Problematic Nexus between Education and Employment, In K. teRiele and R. Gorur (Eds), Interrogating conceptions of “Vulnerable Youth” in Theory, Policy and Practice, Rotterdam: Sense.

Wyn, J., & White, R. 2015. Complex Worlds, Complex Identities: Complexity in Youth Studies In D. Woodman and A. Bennett (Eds), Youth Cultures, Belonging and Transitions: Bridging the Gap in Youth Research, London: Palgrave/MacMillan.

Wyn, J. 2015. Who is a Young Australian? Understanding Social Generations, John Cain Foundation, Under the Pump! The Pressure on Young Australians, Melbourne: John Cain Foundation.

Wyn, J. 2015. Thinking about Children and Youth, in Handbook of Children and Youth Studies, J. Wyn & H. Cahill (Eds), Handbook of Children and Youth Studies, Singapore: Springer.

Woodman, D., and Wyn, J. 2015. Holding it all together: Researching Time, Culture and Belonging after ‘Subcultures’, chapter 4 in S. Baker, B. Robards, B. Buttigieg (Eds). Youth Cultures and Subcultures: Australian Perspectives, Ashgate: Surrey.

Wierenga, A. and Wyn, J. 2015. Spaces and Places of Meaning and Belonging: Young People’s Experiences of the Australian Defense Force Cadet Organisations, chapter 9 in S. Baker, B. Robards, and B. Buttigieg (Eds). Youth Cultures and Subcultures: Australian Perspectives, Ashgate: Surrey.

Wyn, J. 2015. Schools not fit for purpose: New approaches for the times, in H. Proctor, P. Brownlee and P. Freebody (Eds), Controversies in Education, Springer International Publishing: Switzerland.

Wyn, J., & Cuervo, H. 2014. Pain now, rewards later? Young lives cannot be relived. A Year in the Life of Australia 2014. Edited by The Conversation. Melbourne: Future Leaders.

Wyn, J. 2014. Conceptualizing Transitions to Adulthood, Chapter 1, In C. A. Davis and J. S. Olson, (Eds), Meeting the Transitional Needs of Young Adult Learners, Jossey-Bass: San Fransisco.

Wyn, J., Cuervo, H. & Landstedt, E. 2014. The limits of Wellbeing. In K. Wright, & J. McLeod, J. (Eds.), Re-thinking Youth Wellbeing: Critical Perspectives. Springer: Singapore.

Wyn, J. 2013. Young people, Education and Social Change in A. Wierenga and R. Guerra (Eds), Educating for Global Citizenship: a youth-led approach to learning and partnership, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Wyn, J. 2013. Young Adulthood in Australia and New Zealand: Pathways to belonging, In H. Helve and K. Evans, Youth and Work Transitions in Changing Social Landscapes, The Tufnell Press: London.

Wyn, J. 2012. The Longterm effects of youth policies in Australia, In M. Hahn-Bleibtreu and M. Molgat, Youth Policy in a Changing World: From Theory to Practice, Federal Ministry of Economy, Families and Youth, Austria: Vienna.

Wyn, J. 2012. Peer Groups, In N. Lesko and S. Talburt (Eds), Keywords in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements, Knowledges Routledge: New York and London.

Wyn, J. 2011. Youth as a Social Category and as a Social Process, In S. Khalaf and R. Khalaf (Eds), Arab Youth in Times of Risk and Uncertainty, Saqi: Beirut.

Wyn, J. 2011. Student participation: a personal perspective on the history and future of a really good idea, in R. Black and L. Walsh., In Their Own Hands, ACER: Melbourne.

Woodman, D., and Wyn, J. 2011, Living in a Changing World, In S. Beadle, R. Holdsworth, and J. Wyn (Eds), For we are young and… Young people in a time of uncertainty, Melbourne University Publishing: Melbourne.

Tyler, D., Cuervo, H., and Wyn, J. 2011, Researching Youth Transitions, In S. Beadle, R. Holdsworth, and J. Wyn (Eds), For we are young and… Young people in a time of uncertainty, Melbourne University Publishing: Melbourne.

Wyn, J. 2009. Educating for Modernity, in A. Furlong (Ed), Handbook on Youth and Young Adulthood: New perspectives and agendas, Routledge: London

Wyn, J. 2009. Social Determinants of Young People’s Health in a Risk Society, In H. Keleher (Ed), Understanding Health, A Determinants Approach (2nd Ed), Oxford University Press, Melbourne

Stokes, H., & Wyn, J. 2009. ‘Learning identities for living’, in K. te Riele (ed.), Making schools different: Alternative approaches to educating young people, Sage: London

Wyn, J. 2008. New Youth Transitions in Education, In R. Bendit and M. Hahn- Bleibtreu (Eds.), Youth and the future. Processes of social inclusion and patterns of vulnerability in a globalised world. Opladen & Barbara Budrich Publishers, Farmington Hills, USA

Fyfe, J. & Wyn, J. 2007. Young Activists Making the News: The role of the Media in Youth Political and Civic Engagement, in K. Edwards, M. Print and L. Saha, (Eds), Youth and Political Participation, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam

Wyn, J. 2006. Youth Transitions to Work and Further Education in Australia, in Lifelong Learning, Participation and Equity, P. Cartwright, J. Chapman and E. McGilp (Eds), Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 217-242.

Wyn, J. 2005. Youth Research in Australia and New Zealand, in H. Helve, G. Holm, (Eds), Contemporary Youth Research: Local Expressions and Global Connections, London: Ashgate. Pp. 51-62.

te Reile, K., and Wyn, J. 2005. Transformations in Youth Transitions in Australia, Chapter 7 in N. Bagnall (Ed). Youth Transitions in a Globalised Marketplace, New York: Nova Science Publishers. Pp. 119-139.

Wyn, J. 2005. What is happening to “Adolescence”? Growing up in changing times, in J. A. Vadeboncoeur, and L. P. Stevens, (Eds), Re/Constructing the “Adolescent”: Sign, Symbol and Body, New York: Peter Lang.

Wyn, J. 2005. Youth in the Media: Adult stereotypes of young people, in A. Williams and C. Thurlow, (Eds). Communication in Adolescence: Perspectives on Language and Social Interaction in the Teenage Years, Peter Lang: New York.

Wyn, J. 2005. Youth, risk and Education, in S. Richardson and M. Prior (Eds), No Time to Lose: the Wellbeing of Australia’s Children, Carlton, Australia: Melbourne University Press, pp. 225-280.

Wyn, J. 2004. The Transition of young people to adulthood in changing times and contexts, in R. Galbally (Ed), Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Nation: Connecting Education and Health, College Yearbook 2004, Canberra: Australian College of Education, pp. 93-102.

Wyn, J. 2002. Children, Families, Schools and Change: Shaping new, participatory agendas, In Prior, M. (Ed). Investing in our Children: Developing a Research Agenda, Canberra: Academy of Social Sciences, pp. 69-83.

Rennie, P., & Wyn, J. 2002. Who are the Learners? In, Knowledge Builders: Fresh thinking about learners and their teachers, Canberra: Australian National Training Authority, pp. 8-17.

Sheehan, M., Cahill, H., Rowling, L., Marshall, G., Wyn, J. 2002. Establishing a role for schools in mental health promotion: The MindMatters project, in L. Rowling, G. Martin & L. Walker eds., Mental Health Promotion, pp. 111-126.

Wyn J. 2000. The Postmodern Girl: Education, “success” and the construction of girls’ identities, in Researching Youth, ed. J. McLeod & K. Malone, Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, Hobart: pp. 59-70.

Wyn, J. 2000. Youth, Education and Risk: Facing the New Millennium, in Social Changes and Youth Development Policies in the New Millennium – Promoting Youth Rights and Adolescents’ Social Participation, Korea Institute for Youth Development, Seoul: pp. 313-333.

Wyn, J. & Stokes, H. 2000. Young People in Rural Australia in the 1990s: Challenges and Community Action, in The Dead Centre: Regional Australia in Crisis, ed. I. Falk, Allen and Unwin, Sydney: pp. 32-41.