Dr Philippa Collin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University and the mother of two curious girls.
A social scientist, Philippa researches the social, cultural and political dimensions of children and young people’s digital media practices, community and political participation, and citizenship. For 15 years she has worked to improve the wellbeing of young people and their communities through participatory, evidence-based and intergenerational research, practice and policy innovations that leverage technology.
From 2011-2016 Philippa was a Research Program Leader for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. In this role, she led a program of research examining how new technologies can promote safe and supportive environments for the safety and wellbeing of young people aged 16-25 years. Before joining Western Sydney University, Philippa worked for 10 years with Reachout.com in service development and delivery, policy and research.
Philippa has led or been a key researcher on 20 research projects examining experiences of youth, digital media, mental health and wellbeing. She is the author of Young citizens and political participation in digital society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and the co-author of Young people in digital society: Control shift (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). She also regularly publishes articles, reports and media commentaries on young people’s digital participation, political identity and citizenship, safety and risk, intergenerational and gender perspectives and online campaigns.