Josh has more than 20 years experience supporting the learning and development of social/ecological leaders, activists and entrepreneurs.

He began his career establishing and leading the music program for Encounter Youth in 1999, playing a lead role in facilitating the Schoolies Operation, which has become Australia’s safest school-leavers celebration.

Subsequent positions include Recreation, Arts and Cultural Development Officer at the City of West Torrens; Youth Worker at Baptist Care SA; and SA 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.

Outside of academic work he is a piano-based musician, with several independent releases dating back to 2002.

Josh completed a PhD in 2016 (Flinders), focused on university-based youth worker education.

He also holds a Master of International and Community Development (Deakin).

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 offer methodological 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, awards and grants
  • 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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