Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Community and Liberation Psychology
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Youth identities
  • Intercultural relations
  • Activism

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Alison Baker

Alison Baker, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Social Pedagogy in the College of Arts and Education at Victoria University in Melbourne, on the land of the Wurundjeri of the Kulan nation.

Her research focuses on the implications of structures that produce inequality in the lives of various disenfranchised groups as well as those in positions of privilege. Her research also focuses on young people’s experiences of racialization and other forms of oppression, particularly their subjectivities, identity and belonging across contexts.

Alison's research draws on theory in critical community and liberation psychologies, in addition to feminist and critical race scholarship. Her research mobilises creative and participatory research methodologies, specifically visual and sound storytelling modalities to explore and develop young people's sense of social justice and capacity for action.

Qualifications

  • BA, University of Memphis, USA, 2003
  • MSc, North Carolina State University, USA, 2008
  • PhD, North Carolina State University, USA 2011

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 . (180719). Places of Privilege Brill | Sense.

doi: 10.1163/9789004381407

2017 Plows, V., & Baker, A. (170101). On the Edge? (pp. 77-94). SensePublishers.

doi: 10.1007/978-94-6300-866-2_6

Year Citation
2019 Baker, A., & Anderson-Kunert, T. (190204). Journeys in and through sound. Qualitative Research Journal, 19(1), (2-8).

doi: 10.1108/QRJ-02-2019-101

2019 Baker, A. (190204). Battle for truth: poetic interruptions into symbolic violence through sound portraits. Qualitative Research Journal, 19(1), (29-40).

doi: 10.1108/QRJ-D-18-00043

2018 White, J., Moylan, P., Te, Riele., Corcoran, T., Baker, A., & Lenten, S. (181030). 'Relationshipwork' in Youth Justice Research: Weathering the Storm. Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 2(5), (17-28).
2017 Henderson, D. X., Baker, A., Goings, R. B., & Gordon-Littrean, B. (170901). Exploring Underlying Dimensions of Social Connectedness in the Experiences of Suspended Young People from Ethnically Diverse Populations in the USA. Children and Society, 31(5), (390-402).

doi: 10.1111/chso.12210

2017 Sonn, C. C., Ivey, G., Baker, A., & Meyer, K. (170101). Post-Apartheid south african immigrants in Australia: Negotiating displacement, identity, and belonging. Qualitative Psychology, 4(1), (41-54).

doi: 10.1037/qup0000039

2016 Baker, A. M. (160303). The process and product: Crafting community portraits with young people in flexible learning settings. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 20(3), (309-330).

doi: 10.1080/13603116.2015.1047656

2016 Sonn, C., & Baker, A. (160303). Creating inclusive knowledges: Exploring the transformative potential of arts and cultural practice. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 20(3), (215-228).

doi: 10.1080/13603116.2015.1047663

2015 Baker, A. M. (150101). Constructing citizenship at the margins: the case of young graffiti writers in Melbourne. Journal of Youth Studies, 18(8), (997-1014).

doi: 10.1080/13676261.2015.1020936

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Partnership with Deakin University in the Collaborative Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)
From: Research Institute on Social Cohesion
Investigators: Dr Muhammad Iqbal, Dr Debra Smith, Prof Ramon Spaaij, Dr Mario Peucker
For period: 2019-2021
Not disclosed
Educational Transition from Custody
From: Department of Education and Training, Victoria
Investigators: Dr Fiona Macdonald, Aspr Julie White
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed
Capacity Building Grant -  Participation in the Collaborative Centre of Excellence for Resilient Communities and Inclusive Societies (CERCIS) Think Tank
From: Dept of Premier and Cabinet (Vic)
Investigators: Dr Debra Smith, Dr Teresa De fazio, Dr Muhammad Iqbal, Dr Mario Peucker, Prof Ramon Spaaij
For period: 2019-2023
Not disclosed

Dialogues of Change - Youth Peer Education through Applied Theatre
From: Western Edge Youth Arts
Investigators: Aspr Christopher Sonn, Aspr Julie White
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed
An evaluation of the Horace Petty Education Engagement Initiative.
From: Stonnington City Council
Investigators: Aspr Christopher Sonn
For period: 2017-2020
Not disclosed

Improving Education for Young People in Remand: Forging a Prison to School Pipeline.
From: Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation (LMCF)
Investigators: Dr Timothy Corcoran, Aspr Julie White, Prof Katarina (kitty) Te riele
For period: 2016-2019
$247,677

Collaborative Research Project on School Capacity and Well-Being
From: City of Stonnington
Investigators: Dr Romana Morda, Aspr Christopher Sonn
For period: 2015-2015
$13,636

School Focused Youth Services Evaluation
From: City of Stonnington
For period: 2014-2015
$9,336
SEDA Evaluation
From: Sport Education Development Australia (SEDA)
Investigators: Dr Victoria Plows, Prof Katarina (kitty) Te riele
For period: 2014-2019
$57,380
Education engagement partnership: Across cities of Stonnington and Port Phillip.
From: City of Stonnington
For period: 2014-2014
$15,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
2 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (2) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Alison teaches into the Community Development (undergraduate) and International Community Development (Masters) programs at VU. She currently teaches or coordinates these units:

Other units she has taught in the area of research methods include: Research Design and Methods in Education, Research and Young People (now ASC 3007), Community-Based Practice and Research (ASA 3001) and Managing and Reporting Community-Based (ASA 3002). She has previously taught Sociological Orientation to Education and Change and Social Justice in Education. 

In psychology Alison has guest lectured in VU's Master of Applied Psychology (Community) and has taught units in Social, Developmental and Adolescent psychology (USA).

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2012 - Jun 2015
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning, Victoria University
Jan 2011 - Jan 2012
Research Fellow in Child Well-Being and Anti-Racism
University of Melbourne
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2012 -
Jun 2015
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning, Victoria University
Jan 2011 -
Jan 2012
Research Fellow in Child Well-Being and Anti-Racism
University of Melbourne

Invited keynote speeches

Year Title/Description
2017

From voice to resonance through participatory arts-based research

13th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference, November 13th -15th, Ballarat, Victoria.

2015

Voices of displacement: creating sound portraits of identity and belonging, Micro Keynote presentation

Qualitative Methods Conference (hosted by International Institute for Qualitative Methodology), April 28th -30th, Melbourne, Australia.