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Dr Tracy Charlotte Young

PhD, Monash University, Australia; Master of Education (Research), Monash University , Australia; Diploma of Sustainability, Swinburne University of Technology , Australia; Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, The University of Melbourne , Australia; Diploma in Social Science (Child Care) , Swinburne University of Technology, Australia


Tracy is a lecturer-researcher in the Department of Education. Tracy's work is sustained by a commitment to animal activism and ecological justice and seeks to understand how power structures are reinforced through the political, social and cultural effects of education.  Thus, her research is concerned with broad and intersecting themes of education. Recent research aligns three disciplines: early childhood education, environmental education, and human-animal studies where connections and disjunctions of children’s relations with animals in family homes and early childhood education are researched within a critical posthuman and postqualitative theoretical framework. In this research the complex relations with children, animals and environments provide a space for ethical inquiry that troubles how animal species are socially constructed, culturally reproduced and positioned in early childhood education. Postqualitative methodologies invite creative practices in her research including theorising with critical posthumanist, ecofeminist, postcolonial and new materialist philosophies. Tracy’s research and writing contributes to wider understandings about the significance of early childhood education in terms of relationality with the human and the more-than-human. Tracy is the co-editor of the animal relations section of the International ChildhoodNatures Research Handbook published by Springer in 2019. Tracy is Co-Director with Professor Malone of the Swinburne research and education project Environmental Sustainability Education in the Anthropocene.  

Teaching within both the higher education and vocational tertiary sector has enabled Tracy to combine earlier experience in the field of early childhood education, with skills as a leader, advocate and researcher. Tracy has developed extensive knowledge and interest in a number of key teaching areas, including environmental sustainability, environmental philosophy, nature pedagogies, social justice and theories of teaching and learning. Tracy is an affliate researcher of the National Centre for Reconciliation Practice

Research interests

Early childhood education; Environmental education; Human-animal studies; Critical posthumanism; Multispecies relations; Ecofeminism; Postqualitative methedologies

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Environmental Education Curriculum And Pedagogy - 390105
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development - 390102
  • Early Childhood Education - 390302

Teaching areas

Early childhood Education;Environmental Sustainability;Teaching and Learning Theories


  • 2014, Other, Frank Fisher Memorial Conference Award, Victorian Association of Environmental Education
  • 2011, National, Barbara Creaser Memorial Lecture award. , Early Childhood Australia
  • 2008, Swinburne, Swinburne Industry Synergy Awards , Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2008, National, Jean Denton Memorial Scholarship , Flinders University


Also published as: Young, Tracy; Young, T.; Young, T. C.; Young, Tracy C.; Young, Tracy Charlotte
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