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Martti Martinson

BYthW (VicMelb), DipYthW (VicMelb), CertIVYthW (Canberra Inst)

Lecturer Youth Work

Martti is a Lecturer in Youth Work within the College of Arts and Education.

Prior to migrating to Australia, Martti worked as a youth leader and advocate in Estonia. He was involved in numerous advisory committees and working groups, and contributed to the development of youth policies and youth participation legislation. Martti was involved in implementing several nationwide youth programs and initiatives in Estonia, such as the Youth Shadow Elections and EU Structured Dialogue With Young People.

In addition to working for youth affairs peak bodies and the not-for-profit sector, Martti also has experience in local government youth work.

Martti currently leads an Australian pilot project that aims to embed the European Youthpass strategy for recognition and validation of non-formal learning into the youth work practice in Australia.

He is passionate about facilitating knowledge exchange and creating opportunities for cooperation between Australia, Estonia and Europe in his areas of expertise.

Martti is currently completing his PhD. His research focuses on youth participation in local governments.

Teaching responsibilities

Professional memberships

Industry experience

  • City of Whittlesea Youth Services
  • Estonian National Youth Council
  • NGO Youth Policy Centre
  • European Union Erasmus+ Programme
  • Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network
  • Case for Space Global Research Project

Areas of expertise

  • Youth Participation in decision-making processes
  • European youth policy
  • Recognition of non-formal learning
  • Evidencing of Youth Work

Contact details

+61 3 9919 4841