Josh has more than 20 years experience supporting the learning and development of young leaders, artists, activists, volunteers and social entrepreneurs.

He began his career establishing and managing the youth music program for Encounter Youth in 1999, helping the Schoolies Festival in Victor Harbor become a safe space for school-leavers to celebrate.

Subsequent positions include Recreation, Arts and Cultural Development Officer at the City of West Torrens; Youth Worker at Baptist Care SA; and SA Community Education and Activism Coordinator for TEAR Australia.

He has been teaching in higher education since 2007, mainly in the areas of critical youth studies, community development, critical pedagogy, applied sociology, Indigenous education, cultural theory and social planning.

Josh is a piano-based musician, with several independent releases dating back to 2002.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts (Australian Studies, Sociology, Development Studies), a Master of International and Community Development (Deakin), and a PhD in university-based youth worker education from Flinders University.

His recent publications include a book chapter for The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice (with co-author David Giles), and he has served as a reviewer for several international journals, including the Journal of Youth Studies.

Josh offers expertise and supervision in qualitative methodologies (particularly hermeneutic phenomenology, ethnography and action research)

His recent book has received international recognition for its contribution to the scholarship on university teaching.


  • PhD, Flinders University, 2016
  • Master of International and Community Development, Deakin University, 2011
  • BA (Australian Studies, Sociology, Development Studies), Flinders University, 2003
Honours and awards
  • Flinders University Nomination for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education, 2017
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2012-2015
  • Chancellors Letter of Commendation, Flinders University, 2003
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