Dr Alison Baker is a Senior Lecturer of Social Pedagogy.

Alison received her PhD in Community Psychology from North Carolina State University. Her research aims to understand how inequality impacts young people from marginalised backgrounds, focusing on social identities, sense of belonging and socio-political development. Previously, Alison worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Victoria Institute, with a focus on the use of community-based arts as a catalyst for community and civic engagement among young people from underrepresented groups.

A continuing strand of Alison's research focuses on young peoples experiences of racialisation and the implications of belonging across contexts. She is interested in blending creative research methodologies and documentary techniques, particularly visual and sound modalities, to develop young people's sense of social justice and capacity for action.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Priest, N., Thompson, L., Mackean, T., Baker, A.M., & Waters, E. (2016) ‘Yarning up with Koori Kids’ – Hearing the voices of Australian urban Indigenous children about their health and wellbeing. Ethnicity and Health.

Sonn, C.C. & Baker, A.M.  (Eds.) (2016) Creating inclusive knowledges: exploring the transformative potential of arts and cultural practice, International Journal of Inclusive Education, published online 24 June 2015. 

Baker, A.M. (2016)  The process and product: crafting community portraits with young people in flexible learning settings, in Special Issue, Creating inclusive knowledges: exploring the transformative potential of arts and cultural practiceInternational Journal of Inclusive Education.

Baker, A.M. (2015) (Re)-Engaging feminist ways of knowing through and between social (dis)locations Nuances: Estudos Sobre Educação, 26 (2), 44-52. 

Sonn, C.C., Ivy, G., Baker, A., Meyer, K. (2015) Post-Apartheid South African immigrants in Australia: Negotiating displacement, identity, and belonging. Qualitative Psychology. 

Baker, A.M. (2015). Contesting citizenship at the margins: The case of young graffiti writers in MelbourneJournal of Youth Studies , 18 (8), 997-1014, doi:10.1080/13676261.2015.1020936.

Sonn, C.C., Quayle, A., Belanji, B. and Baker, A.M. (2015). Responding to racialization through arts practice: The case of participatory theatreJournal of Community Psychology, 43(2), 244-259.

Priest, N., Walton, J., White, F., Kowal, E., Baker, A.M., & Paradies, Y. (2014) Understanding the complexities of ethnic-racial socialization processes for both minority and majority groups: A 30-year review, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 43(B), 139-155. 
Baker, A.M. & Brookins, C.C. (2014) Towards the development of a Sociopolitical Consciousness Measure: Listening to the voices of Salvadoran youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 42(8), 1015-1032.  doi: 10.1002/jcop.21668. 

Book Chapters

Plows, V., & Baker, A.M. (In press) On the edge? Counter-practice in Flexible Learning Programs in B. Whitburn & V. Plows (Eds.) Inclusive Education: Making Sense of Everyday Practice Sense Publishers. 

te Riele, K.M. and Baker, A.M. (2016). Ethical challenges in visual research. In J. Moss, and B. Pini (Eds.) Visual research in education: A critical review of the practice and politics of contemporary methods, Palgrave.

Baker, A.M. and Plows, V. (2015). Re-presenting or representing young lives? Negotiating knowledge construction of and with ‘vulnerable’ young people. In K. te Riele, and R. Gorur (Eds.) Interrogating conceptions of “vulnerable youth’ in theory, policy and practice, Sense Publishers.


Baker, A.M., Sonn, C.C., & Curnow, F.  (2016) These boots represent our struggle: Evaluation of an intercultural soccer hub in Melbourne’s west.  For Brimbank City Council Youth Services. Available upon request.

Baker, A.M., & Chiodo, L. (2016) An evaluation of a School Focused Youth Services Initiative: Creating contexts of support through educational assessments for young people experiencing homelessness and/or domestic violence. For: Stonnington Youth Services.

Chan, M.C.E.,Baker, A.M., Slee, R., & Williamson, J. (2015) Educational engagement through the middle years of schooling; Report for the In2Community Applied Learning Project. For Regional Development Authority, Victorian State Government. 

te Riele, K., Davies, M., Baker, A.M. (2015). Passport to a positive future: Evaluation of the Melbourne Academy for Melbourne City Mission.

Hughes, K., DaSilva, K., & Baker, A.M. (2014) Victoria University Student Attrition Report: Comprehensive analysis and recommendations. For: Victoria University.

Corcoran, T., Plows, V., Baker, A.M., Brown, C. (2014) Evaluation of The Whitten Project: A pilot project aimed at developing young community leaders across Melbourne’s western region. For the Western Bulldogs AFL Club.  

Baker, A. M. (2013). More than free paint: Exploring young people’s experiences of the B-Creative street art program. Project report, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Areas of expertise

  • belonging and culture
  • Community and Liberation psychologies
  • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and arts-based methodologies
  • Influence of neighbourhood/community factors on youth development
  • Youth identities

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