Our team

Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice

Our team

CYPEP is a multi-disciplinary, multi-method team undertaking research into the social, political and economic factors, forces and trends that affect young people’s lives.

We aim to build alliances with change-makers across sectors and directly engage with young people to produce evidence-based insights, influence policy and inform education practice.

We are based in the Faculty of Education as we believe education is a means to effect lasting change. We also understand that researchers from a broad range of disciplines also seek to understand young people and the key issues which might impact upon their lives. Therefore, members of CYPEP will include researchers from law, economics, sociology, and other fields that share a desire to improve the lives of young people.

How we work

We are committed to working collaboratively. We want to see what can be achieved when we build ‘surprising alliances’ and bring together people and organisations from across different sectors and with different perspectives.

Our external Advisory Board will be critical to this mission. Members will provide strategic advice and thought leadership, help us test our ideas, and connect the centre with other external stakeholders and networks.

We are committed to genuine and authentic engagement with young people to ensure they are active collaborators in our research program. Therefore, we will establish a Youth Reference Group as part of our governance structure. Members of the Youth Reference Group will provide advice to our researchers to ensure the relevance and impact of our work. Representatives from the Youth Reference Group will also be included on the centre’s Management Committee and Advisory Board so that the Youth Reference Group is integrated with CYPEP’s governance and operations and provides professional development opportunities for young people.

Who we are

  • Andrew Leap

    Andrew is a recent VCE graduate currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce & Global Studies at Monash University. He has a growing history of working, volunteering and advocating in the education and health sector, and has been involved with many initiatives to support young people. This includes speaking to or working with various stakeholders such as policymakers to represent their voices.

  • Yuqi Lin

    Yuqi Lin received her master's degree from Monash University, Faculty of Education. She is interested in the globalisation, internationalisation of higher education, and the well-being of international students.

  • Rebecca Walters

    Rebecca is studying a dual Bachelor of Science (Ecology & Conservation Biology)/Global Studies (International Studies) at Monash University. She seeks to support youth agency with experience facilitating and participating in youth consultations and summits at state, national, and international levels. Rebecca is excited by the YRG as a platform to amplify the voices of young people in youth policy and education practice.

  • Mark Yin

    Mark (he/him) is a 22-year-old third culture kid living on Wurundjeri country. He is completing his Honours in criminology at the University of Melbourne, and is an avid fan of Mariah Carey.

  • Candice Zheng

    Candice is a second year student at the University of Melbourne majoring in psychology. She is very passionate about education and childrens’ development.

  • Stephen Banh

    Steven is studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Economics and Management) at the University of Melbourne. He is passionate about supporting and working with young people from different backgrounds. He hopes to work one day in the education sector, whether that would be in teaching or education policy

  • Isobel Thomas