Philippa Collin

Professor Philippa Collin


"Research, policy and professional practice efforts are usually led by adults and driven by what adults think is best for children and young people. Working closely with young people enables us to better understand and address the problems and opportunities they face." – Philippa Collin.

Profile photo of Philippa Collin Professor Philippa Collin is Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University and co-director of Intergener8 Living Lab. She researches the role of the digital in the social, cultural and political lives of young people, with a focus on the implications for health and wellbeing. Her work is also concerned with new forms of political participation, identity and governance as they relate to the dynamics of elitism and exclusion.

She has led more than 30 funded projects with community, government, and industry partners including the Multicultural Youth Action Network (NSW), Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Foundation for Young Australians, Google Australia/NZ, the Office for Youth, and a number of NSW and Federal Government Departments. In 2015 she was awarded the WSU Deputy Vice-Chancellors Award for Research Excellence through Partnership, recognition of her deep commitment to building effective collaborations for engaged research. She is also a member of the scientific and advisory boards of the Raising Children Network and The Smith Family Digital Futures.


  • PhD, 2009, University of Sydney
  • Honours (1st Class), 2003, Communications, University of Technology Sydney
  • BA, 2002, Social Science and International Studies, University of Technology Sydney

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017: Western Sydney University Research Impact Competition, Winner
  • 2015: Western Sydney University Research Excellence through Partnership award: Safe and Well Online team (with Dr Teresa Swist)
  • 2010: Australian Political Studies Association – Best PhD Dissertation Prize for 2009
  • 2010: Institute of Social Sciences, University of Sydney – Best PhD Dissertation Prize for 2009


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