Community Partners and Research Affiliates

Community Partners


Supporting Newcastle & NSW with emergency services, disability support, youth counseling and more since 1984. Samaritans work began as a few key services including emergency relief, a family centre and op shops. As an organisation they grew significantly since the early 1980s, and now operate over 100 support services throughout the Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Mid-North Coast regions. Samaritans has over 800 staff and more than 380 volunteers across the regions in which we work.

Samaritans are a partner organization in the NYSN ‘Regional youth in precarious times: Work, wellbeing and debt’ FEDUA funded research program and are an end user of the project’s findings.

Hospo Voice

Hospo Voice are a union for hospitality workers based in Melbourne who are providing a different model of union membership for those working in precarious and casualised employment whereby there is a monthly $9.99 subscription model of membership. Hospo Voice runs specific campaigns wage theft and other assaults on workers’ rights in the industry.

Hospo Voice are and end user of the research from the ARC DP funded ‘Young Hospitality Workers and Value Creation in the Service Economy’ project and a  partner organization in the NYSN ‘Regional youth in precarious times: Work, wellbeing and debt’ FEDUA funded research program.

Greater Bank Finance Lab

The University of Newcastle and Greater Bank have established a five-year partnership to build financial literacy in the community. With combined strengths in education, banking, community engagement and regional focus, the partnership between Greater Bank and the Newcastle Business School provides community education programs and experiential facilities that support informed financial decision making when it comes to managing money. Located on level one of the University’s new state-of-the-art CBD vertical campus, the Greater Bank Finance Lab is a hands-on learning environment, enabling University of Newcastle Business School students to build their skills in financial decision making, risk management and economic systems. The Greater Bank Finance Lab also hosts community clinics.

Greater Bank Finance Lab are a partner organization and end user in the NYSN ‘Regional youth in precarious times: Work, wellbeing and debt’ FEDUA funded research program.

Compass Housing

Compass Housing Services (Compass) is one of Australia’s largest non-government social housing providers with over 35 years experience in providing secure and affordable housing, as well as delivering housing products for disadvantaged people who have difficulties sourcing adequate housing. Compass provides tenancy and/or property management for over 6500 properties in New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand. In addition, Compass manages the tenancy of 103 Disability Group Homes in New South Wales, delivering high-quality disability respite and accommodation services. As part of Home4Life, and through the Hunter Residences project, they are providing 69 purpose built Specialist Disability Accommodation properties to transition 345 residents out of institutions. Compass is an enterprising and socially committed not-for-profit organisation that undertakes all aspects of tenancy and property management, including allocations and wait-list management and have extensive experience in providing tailored tenancy services and tenant development initiatives. As a geographically dispersed organisation, Compass has worked hard to contribute to our local communities and neighbourhoods through a number of ongoing programs and individual projects.

Compass Housing are a partner organization in the NYSN ‘Regional youth in precarious times: Work, wellbeing and debt’ FEDUA funded research program, and are an end user of the project’s findings.

Research Affiliates

Centre for Urban Youth Research, Canada

The Centre for Urban Youth Research (or CUYR) is a hub for critical and justice-oriented youth scholars, activists, and community organizations focused on tackling inequalities experienced by young people in urban centres. With both Canadian and international affiliates, CUYR seeks to provide a bridge for those working towards the expansion of social justice for young people who are most marginalized under contemporary capitalism. CUYR values and prioritizes meaningful youth engagement in research and practice, alongside a deep scrutiny of embedded power relations and the potential for reproducing inequalities.

David Farrugia and Steven Threadgold are International Affiliates, and the Newcastle Youth Studies Network is an Organizational Affiliate.

Finnish Youth Research Society

The Finnish Youth Research Society carries out research activities through the Finnish Youth Research Network that was established in 1999. The Finnish Youth Research Network produces multidisciplinary research data and participates in discussion in society, offering perspectives on practical work with young people in the fields of administration and politics. The Finnish Youth Research Network’s research is funded by ministries, international providers of research funding, the Academy of Finland, foundations, organisations and municipalities, etc. Cooperation is carried out with universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutes, organisations, scientific societies and many other partners. The organisational model of the Finnish Youth Research Society and the Finnish Youth Research Network as a scientific association is in many ways unique.

David Farrugia visited the network in 2019. Network members Kaisa Vehkalahti, University of Oulu, Finland, and Mikko Piispa, The University of Helsinki, presented in our seminar series in 2020.

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute based at Deakin University, creating cutting-edge knowledge about citizenship, diversity, inclusion and globalisation which informs scholarship, debate and policy. ADI research is structured around four key research streams: People, Place and Heritage; Governance, Development and Peace; Mobilities, Diversity and Multiculturalism; Culture, Environment and Science.

Former NYSN Director Pam Nilan is a member of ADI. Anita Harris, Rose Butler and Sherene Idris have presented at several NYSN organised seminars and conferences.

Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne

The Youth Research Centre takes a holistic approach to children’s and young peoples’ lives, seeking to understand and improve their learning, participation and wellbeing. The Centre’s research and development programs use a strength-based style and emphasise mixed-method approaches where appropriate, in international and local settings. The Centre conducts projects in partnership with a range of stakeholders, and engages in teaching and postgraduate research supervision, drawing on interdisciplinary methods that include the arts, health sciences, education and history. Projects focus on the early years through to young adulthood and on the institutions and organisations that serve their needs.

Julia Cook, Julia Coffey and David Farrugia completed their PhDs at the YRC. Julia Cook is currently collaborating with the Life Patterns project based in the YRC.

Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture

The Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture, directed by Anita Harris, is a national, collaborative initiative of universities and scholars leading cutting edge, interdisciplinary research on contemporary issues in youth studies. It brings together a network of critical youth studies scholars to promote and connect innovative youth research and inform policy and public debate. It promotes youth research across Australasia and beyond. The Consortium supports four main programs of research: Education, Employment and Transitions; Health and Wellbeing; New Media and Youth Cultures; and Globalisation, Citizenship and Social Inclusion.

NYSN members Steve Threadgold, Julia Coffey and David Farrugia are members of the Consortium.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.