Exploring civic engagement through community arts with 'disengaged youth'

Exploring civic engagement through community arts with 'disengaged youth'

This collaborative research project is between The Victoria Institute and the Brimbank City Council (St Albans Connect and Youth Services).

As identified by local council and community members, an issue of concern in the St Albans area is the increasing number of disengaged young people, especially those from low socio-economic status (SES) and cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Research objective

The first phase of this project will explore community and civic engagement among young adult community leaders and marginalised young people using an arts-workshop interview methodology.

The second phase will use the findings from the first phase to inform and enhance the Council arts-based outreach initiatives in youth services and use creative research methodologies to examine the effects of these initiatives.


Brimbank City Council

Project team

  • Dr Alison Baker, Research Fellow, The Victoria Institute (Lead Chief Investigator)
  • Charlotte Hilder, Youth Arts & Events Officer, VISY Cares Youth Hub, Brimbank City Council
  • Dr Andy Brader, Adjunct Fellow, The Victoria Institute & Senior Youth Worker, St Joseph's Flexible Learning Centre


For more information contact:

Dr Alison Baker
Phone: +61 3 9919 4868
Email: [email protected]