Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Youth work and criminal justice
  • Youth justice and education
  • Translational research
  • Social inclusion/exclusion
  • Youth and culture

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Karen Hart

Dr Karen Hart is the Course Chair of Youth Work and Community Development at Victoria University, Melbourne.

She promotes and enhances the scholarly practice of teaching, learning and research in youth work, criminal justice and community development, in order to make a significant contribution to those disciplines at national and international levels, through innovation and collaboration.

Dr Hart is an active researcher and evaluator with special interest in the needs and experience of young people involved in the criminal justice system. She particularly focuses on the examination of interventions that build social capital and capacity to prevent further re-offending in the lives of young people.

Prior to joining VU in 2019, she has held senior roles in child protection, court advocacy, youth justice, not-for-profit leadership and social purpose project management in both the UK and Australia for over 25 years.


  • PhD, Victoria University, Australia, 2016
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods, Nottingham Trent University, UK, 1997
  • BA Hons Applied Social Studies, Nottingham Trent University, UK, 1993
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Hart, K., Broadbent, R., & Papadopoulos, T. (190701). The Hester Hornbrook Academy Classroom Youth Worker Research Project.

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.

Young People Adrift (SJFLC)
From: Trustees of Edmund Rice Education Australia
For period: 2020-2021
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Integrated Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD Integrated (1) Associate supervisor


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.