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Prof Anita Harris



Research Professor


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 1997
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, 1990

+61 3 924 45476


Anita Harris is a Research Professor in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. She is a youth sociologist undertaking a series of projects on youth and citizenship, including the completion of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Prior to joining the Institute, she was a Future Fellow in the Sociology program at Monash University (2011-2015), and a Mid-Career Research Fellow and Deputy Director at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland (2007-2011).

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Research interests

youth identities and cultures; citizenship, participation and new politics; globalisation and multiculturalism; girls' studies


Adjunct Research Professor, School of Social Sciences, Monash University

Honorary Research Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland

Teaching interests

I welcome inquiries from prospective higher degree by research students on any aspect of my research interests.

Knowledge areas

My areas of expertise are:

youth studies, including youth identities and cultures; citizenship, participation and new politics; globalisation, mobility and multiculturalism.

girls' studies, including sociological and cultural studies of girlhood; young women and feminism; mediated femininities.

Professional activities

Associate Editor, The Journal of Youth Studies

Director, Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture

Member, Australian Sociological Association (Youth Thematic Group; Migration, Ethnicity & Multiculturalism Thematic Group)

Member, International Sociological Association (Sociology of Youth Research Committee; Racism, Nationalism & Ethnic Relations Research Committee)

International Advisory Board member, 'Processes Influencing Democratic Ownership and Participation', European Commission FP7 project

Advisory Board member, 'Building Stronger Communities: the Status of Young People from CALD Backgrounds', ARC LP project


I am currently undertaking three major research projects:

  • The Effects of Transnational Mobility on Youth Transitions (ARC Discovery Project, co-CIs Prof L. Baldassar, Dr S. Robertson). Young people increasingly migrate abroad for work and education, and Australia is a significant hub for sending and receiving. Migration and education policies encourage this mobility, which is expected to provide youth with enhanced life chances and competitive skills. However, very little research examines its effects on young people’s transitions. This longitudinal project thus investigates how transnational mobility affects young people’s ability to not only achieve desirable qualifications and livelihoods, but to be connected and engaged in their social and civic worlds as these become more dispersed spatially and less predictable temporally. It suggests that youth and migrancy are no longer straightforward states of transition, and proposes that old frameworks of sequential passaging towards adulthood and settlement need to be rethought with conceptual tools that can capture more complex and less fixed routes that characterise young lives on the move. It helps us understand how young people can be supported to maximise opportunities for secure and sustainable livelihoods, strong social networks and engaged citizenship in conditions of mobility.
  • Young People and Social Inclusion in the Multicultural City (ARC Future Fellowship). This project is a sociological analysis of young people's negotiation of social cohesion and civic belonging in multicultural societies. It investigates the function of civic space and youth cultures in young people’s practices of social inclusion and exclusion and establishes how young people of diverse backgrounds create and contest productive intercultural relations. It explores young people's strategies for living with difference in key Australian cities as well as international sites in Italy, Malaysia and South Africa.


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Youthful socialities in Australia's urban multiculture

A Harris

(2018), Vol. 55, pp. 605-622, Urban studies, London, Eng., C1


Young people and intercultural sociality after Cronulla

A Harris, M Herron

(2017), Vol. 38, pp. 284-300, Journal of intercultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


After Cronulla: 'where the bloody hell are we now?'

A Johns, G Noble, A Harris

(2017), Vol. 38, pp. 249-254, Journal of intercultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Sociology of youth and migration research

A Harris

(2017), pp. 221-234, Critical reflections on migration, 'race' and multiculturalism : Australia in a global context, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Mobile transitions: a conceptual framework for researching a generation on the move

S Robertson, A Harris, L Baldassar

(2017), pp. 1-15, Journal of Youth Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Chinese immigrant youth identities and belonging in Prato, Italy: exploring the intersections between migration and youth studies

R Raffaetà, L Baldassar, A Harris

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 422-437, Identities: Global studies in culture and power, London, Eng, C1-1


Rethinking youth conviviality: the possibilities of intercultural friendship beyond contact and encounter

A Harris

(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 501-516, Journal of intercultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Young people, politics and citizenship

A Harris

(2016), pp. 295-300, Routledge Handbook of youth and young adulthood: new perspectives and agendas, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Belonging and the uses of difference: young people in Australian urban multiculture

A Harris

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 359-375, Social identities Journal for the study of race, nation and culture, London, Eng., C1


Muslim citizenship in everyday Australian civic spaces

J Roose, A Harris

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 468-486, Journal of intercultural studies, London, Eng, C1


At home/out of place: young people's multicultural belongings

A Harris

(2015), pp. 155-167, Cultural, religious and political contestations: the multicultural challenge, New York, N.Y., B1-1


Peer research with young Muslims and the politics of knowledge production

A Vassadis, A Karimshah, A Harris, Y Youssef

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 268-281, Qualitative research journal, Bingley, Eng., C1-1


From the subcultural to the ordinary: DIY girls since Grrrlpower

A Harris

(2015), pp. 151-160, Youth cultures and subcultures: Australian perspectives, Surrey, Eng., B1-1


Theorizing agency in post-girlpower times

A Harris, A Dobson

(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 145-156, Continuum, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Transitions, cultures, and citizenship: interrogating and integrating youth studies in new times

A Harris

(2015), pp. 84-98, Youth cultures, transitions, and generations: bridging the gap in youth research, New York, N.Y., B1-1


Conviviality, conflict and distanciation in young people's local multicultures

A Harris

(2014), Vol. 35, pp. 571-587, Journal of intercultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


DIY citizenship amongst young Muslims: experiences of the 'ordinary'

A Harris, J Roose

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 794-813, Journal of youth studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Young people and everyday multiculturalism

A Harris

(2013), London, Eng., A1-1


Beyond the 'transitions' metaphor: family relations and young people in late modernity

J Wyn, S Lantz, A Harris

(2012), Vol. 48, pp. 3-22, Journal of sociology, London, Eng., C1-1


Citizenship stories

A Harris

(2011), pp. 143-153, Keywords in youth studies: tracing affects, movements, knowledges, New York, N. Y., B1-1


Young people, everyday civic life and the limits of social cohesion

A Harris

(2010), Vol. 31, pp. 573-589, Journal of intercultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Pedestrian crossings: young people and everyday multiculturalism

M Butcher, A Harris

(2010), Vol. 31, pp. 449-453, Journal of intercultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Beyond apathetic or activist youth: 'ordinary' young people and contemporary forms of participation

A Harris, J Wyn, S Younes

(2010), Vol. 18, pp. 9-32, Young: Nordic journal of youth research, London, Eng., C1-1


Mind the gap: attitudes and emergent feminist politics since the third wave

A Harris

(2010), Vol. 25, pp. 475-484, Australian feminist studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Young people's politics and the micro-territories of the local

A Harris, J Wyn

(2009), Vol. 44, pp. 327-344, Australian journal of political science, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Shifting the boundaries of cultural spaces: young people and everyday multiculturalism

A Harris

(2009), Vol. 15, pp. 187-205, Social identities, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Young women, late modern politics, and the participatory possibilities of online cultures

A Harris

(2008), Vol. 11, pp. 481-495, Journal of youth studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Next wave cultures: feminism, subcultures, activism

A Harris

(2007), New York, N.Y., A1-1



D Kingsbury

(2005), pp. 1-8, Violence in between conflict and security in archipelagic Southeast Asia, Clayton, Vic. and Singapore, B1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

A/Prof Anita Harris transfer in - Young People and Social Inclusion in the Multicultural City

Prof Anita Harris

ARC Fellowships - Future Fellowships

  • 2016: $78,298

The Civic Life of Young Australian Muslims: Active Citizenship, Community Belonging and Social Inclusion

Prof Anita Harris

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2016: $36,066

Understanding the Effects of Transnational Mobility on Youth Transitions

Prof Anita Harris, Prof Loretta Baldassar, Dr Shanthi Robertson

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2018: $79,286
  • 2017: $138,950

Understanding social cohesion and digital resilience amongst young people aged 12 to 17

Prof Anita Harris, Dr Amelia Johns

Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner

  • 2016: $35,000


Associate Supervisor

Carole Ford

Thesis entitled: Still Invisible: The Myth of the Woman-Friendly State

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Social Inquiry


Alison Brookes


Doctor of Philosophy, School of Social Inquiry