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David MacKenzie

Associate Professor

Biography

David MacKenzie is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Research, and Executive Director of Youth Development Australia (YDA). Before coming to Swinburne in early 2003, David taught youth workers and other students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for nearly 15 years at RMIT University, and was the foundation director of RMIT”s Centre for Youth Affairs Research and Development. In 2001, David was the leader of the team that won the 2000 Higher Education Quality Award at RMIT as well as an award in 2001 for research excellence. David has a strong record of research and development expertise in public policy, applied social research and evaluation, especially on youth policy and homelessness. Areas of expertise include policy and practice on marginalised young people; the youth work profession; drug issues; crime prevention; cross-cultural diversity; and social capital. He is the director of the ISR’s Youthworx project, co-author of the influential book Youth Homelessness: Early Intervention and Prevention (1998) and the writer of many other papers and reports. David’s track record on gaining research and development funds is outstanding, with $2.1m raised for Counting the Homeless 2006 and success in attracting base funding of over $250,000 per year for the Youthworx project. David is currently one of four Commissioners responsible for the National Youth Commission into Youth Homelessness which is currently underway. A final report from the inquiry is due in the first half of 2008.

Research interests

Homelessness and social disadvantage; Housing issues; Youth issues, youth development and youth policy

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Urban And Regional Planning - 120500
  • Sociology - 160800

Publications

Also published as: MacKenzie, David; MacKenzie, D.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2016: Kids Under Cover Overcrowding and Homelessness *; Kids Under Cover
  • 2015: The funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness *; AHURI Research Funding Scheme
  • 2015: Who supports the homeless? An exploration of the funding of Australianhomelessness services. *; AHURI Research Funding Scheme
  • 2012: Hume Families Project *; The Salvation Army
  • 2012: Is there a 'tipping point' at which additional services for homeless people do not lead to additional improvements in health abnd well-being? A study of the STAY service in Tasmania *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2012: National Homelessness Research Project: Homelssness and unemployment - understanding the connection and breaking the cycle *; Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • 2012: Student Wellbeing Project - Stage *; Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • 2012: TFY The Geelong Project *; Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • 2012: The Practice of Outreach and its role in responding to primary Homelessness *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2012: What happens when young people leave state care? *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2012: Which neighbourhoods have the highest risk of homelessness? *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2011: The development of a 'School inclusion' assessment tool for low-ses students *; Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPP)
  • 2010: A community study of early intervention for at-risk young people - 'The Geelong Study' *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2010: A feasibility study of the proposed homemade foyer model *; Mission Australia
  • 2010: Early Intervention Strategies to reduce the need for women and children to make repeated use of refuge and other crisis accommodation *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2010: National Homelessness Research Partnership Agreement *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2010: On the margins: Caravan park dwellers and boarding house residents *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2010: The costs of youth homelessness in Australia *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2010: The role of the Street to Home (S2H) program in providing pathways out of homelessness for adult rough sleepers *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2008: Families on the Edge: Lived Experiences of Citizenship of Homeless Families *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator