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Associate Professor Trudi Cooper

Associate Professor

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5637
Mobile: 0431 734 519
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.106  

Trudi is the Associate Professor of Youth Work in the School of Arts and Humanities. Trudi leads the Bachelor of Youth Work and the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) courses and is Director of the Social Program Innovation Research and Evaluation group.

Current teaching

My current teaching includes Youth Work specific units, generic community studies units, and across school research units for honours and Masters students.

  • RES5115 - Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches


I have over three decades of professional experience as a practitioner and educator in Youth and Community Work in the UK and Australia. I am currently Leader of the Social Program Evaluation Unit and coordinates the Youth Work Studies degree and the Social Science Honours programs at Edith Cowan University.

  • 2008 - present: Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 2005 - 2008: Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 1991 - 2005: Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 1989 - 1991: Lecturer, St. Martin’s College (now University of Cumbria), UK
  • 1979 - 1980: Lecturer W.R. Tuson College (now University of Central Lancashire), UK
  • 1979 -1989: Youth Worker, various roles, Lancashire County Council, UK
  • 1979 - 1979: Play Scheme Organiser, Lancaster City Council

Professional associations

  • Member, Association of Youth Workers (WA)
  • Member, Youth Affairs Council, WA
  • Member, Centre for Applied Youth Studies, UTAS
  • Society for Research into Higher Education
  • International Sociological Association
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2016 - Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow
  • 2014 - Youth Work Association (WA) Award for Leadership in Youth Work
  • 2006 - Council of Australian University Teachers, Carrick Award, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2005 - Vice-Chancellor’s Award, Edith Cowan University, Citation for contribution to portfolio assessment

Research areas and interests

  • Youth Work research
  • Higher Education Policy research
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Youth Policy research


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2005.
  • Master of Science, England, 1984.
  • Graduate Certificate in Education, England, 1977.
  • Bachelor of Arts, England, 1974.


Recent Research Grants

  • Project to establish an international youth policy research network facilitated by Maynooth University and ECU, with other partners,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2018 Round 1,  2018 - 2019,  $7,827.
  • Achieving economic sustainability for niche social profession courses in the Australian higher education sector - a nationwide collaborative strategy.,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Fellowship,  2016 - 2019,  $154,056.
  • Participative approach to professional development, peer learning and evaluation in youth work,  Lotterywest,  Grant,  2017 - 2019,  $86,980.
  • Research to improve responses to the needs of independent young people under 16 years of age who experience homelessness.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2017 Open Round,  2017 - 2018,  $80,730.
  • Provision of consultancy services: Youth Outreach model, and Youth Centre service model,  City of Wanneroo,  Tender,  2018,  $42,700.
  • Evaluation of the KindiLink Pilot for the Department of Education,  Department of Education WA,  Department of Education - Tender,  2016 - 2018,  $100,000.
  • Research into efficacy of program processes and evaluation of the ‘Ballajura Connect’ program,  Dungeon Youth Services Inc,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $36,363.
  • Scoping study on homelessness with young people under 16 years,  Commissioner for Children and Young People WA,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $10,000.
  • The use of new technologies in human services: facilitating democracy or amplifying exclusion?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 1,  2016 - 2017,  $8,100.
  • The economic and social impacts of contemporary music in Western Australia (WAM project),  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Capability Enhancement Scheme - 2015 or earlier,  2015 - 2016,  $28,410.
  • External Evaluation of the Industry Skills Centre Program, Victoria Prisons,  Department of Justice and Community Safety,  Industry Skills Centre (ISC),  2013 - 2015,  $84,443.
  • Mission Australian Inner City Evaluation (Youthbeat),  Mission Australia,  Mission Australian Inner City Evaluation Grant,  2013 - 2015,  $36,364.
  • Australian Youth Work Education: Curriculum Renewal and a Model for Sustainability for Niche Professions,  Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations,  Novated ALTC Grant,  2010 - 2015,  $214,000.
  • Why do mentoring relationships breakdown?,  Department of Local Government and Communities,  Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $5,000.
  • Evaluation of Indigenous Justice Programs,  Attorney-General - Commonwealth,  Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $336,000.
  • Investigating the social welfare indicators of regional art centres: a pilot study,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $66,860.
  • Consultancy Services for the Rapidly Degenerating Neurological Conditions Pilot Program,  Disability Services Commission WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2011,  $63,636.
  • An Evaluation of the YiELD Wilderness Project,  Department of Sport and Recreation WA,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $5,000.
  • Evaluating the Rocky Bay School Aged-Therapy Service ,  Rocky Bay Inc,  Grant,  2010,  $46,000.
  • Evaluation of Reel Connection Project for the City of Stirling,  City of Stirling,  Grant,  2007 - 2010,  $56,045.
  • Evaluation of the Integrated Services Centre (ISC) Pilot Project,  Office of Multicultural Interests WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $32,124.
  • Evaluation of the City of Stirling Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Youth, Sport and Leisure Project,  Department of Sport and Recreation WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $46,933.
  • Research into Criminal and Anti-Social Behaviour on the Southern Rail Line,  Office of Crime Prevention WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $22,724.
  • Evaluation of Western Australia COAG Care Coordination Initiative,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2008,  $5,455.
  • Research of Participation in Organised Sport and Recreation by People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Backgrounds,  Department of Sport and Recreation WA,  Grant,  2008,  $29,270.
  • Young People's Participation in Communities (Indicators and Performance Measures) - Scoping Study,  National Youth Affairs Research Scheme,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $20,000.
  • Research the effectiveness of mentoring as a crime prevention strategy with homeless young people,  Joondalup Youth Support Services (Inc),  Grant,  2004 - 2006,  $5,000.
  • Evaluation of the YMCA Wheatbelt Multi Purpose Mobile Youth Service Project,  National Council of the YMCA of Australia,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $8,861.
  • Research into integrated crime prevention strategies for rail station environs,  Office of Crime Prevention WA,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $104,262.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Coldwell-Neilson, J., Cooper, T., (2019), Digital Literacy Meets Industry 4.0. Education for Employability (Volume 2): Learning for Future Possibilities, 37-50, Leiden, The Netherlands, Brill, DOI:
  • Cooper, T., Baxter, R., (2019), Future Prospects for Australasian Youth Work. Youth work : global futures, 109-127, Leiden, Netherlands, Koninklijke Brill NV, DOI: 10.1163/9789004396555_006.
  • Cooper, T., (2018), Defining youth work: exploring the boundaries, continuity and diversity of youth work practice. SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice, 3-17, London, UK, Sage Publications - Reference E-Books.
  • Scott, J., Barclay, E., Sims, M., Cooper, T., Love, T., (2018), Critical reflections on the operation on Aboriginal night patrols. Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South, 1031-1053, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cooper, T., (2016), Spirituality in a secular age: possibilities for youth work. Spirituality in Youth Work: new vocabularies, concepts and practices, 32-51, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Cooper, T., Brooker, M., (2020), Support for homeless young people under 16 years old: towards a new paradigm. Youth Studies Australia, 3(1), 43-64, DOI: 10.1007/s43151-020-00005-5.
  • Barblett, L., Barratt-Pugh, C., Knaus, M., Cooper, T., (2020), Supporting Aboriginal families’ and children’s developing sense of belonging at KindiLink. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 45(4), 309-321, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1836939120966079.
  • Sims, M., Cooper, T., Barclay, E., Scott, J., (2019), Making sense of Indigenous youth night patrols. Administration and Society, 51(4), 664-686, California, USA, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0095399717700225.
  • Simpson, W., Cooper, T., Banham, V., (2019), From Criminalisation to Individual Choice: Policy Responses to Changing Constructions of Intellectual Disability in Western Australia. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 21(1), 100-110, Stockholm, Sweden, DOI:
  • Cooper, T., (2019), Calling out Alternative Facts: curriculum to develop students’ capacity to engage critically with contradictory sources. Teaching in Higher Education, 24(3), 444-459, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2019.1566220.
  • Cooper, T., (2019), Rethinking teaching excellence in Australian higher education. International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, 21(2), 83-98, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/IJCED-10-2018-0038.
  • Cooper, T., (2018), Social enterprise and community work: Social impacts of a remote Australian Aboriginal Art Centre. Radical Community Work Journal, 3(2), 9p..
  • Cooper, T., Love, T., (2017), A youth curfew: a retrospective view of the rise, fall and legacy of the Northbridge Policy. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 52(3), 204-221, Victoria, Australia, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1002/ajs4.17.
  • Cooper, T., (2017), Curriculum renewal: barriers to successful curriculum change and suggestions for improvement. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 5(11), 115-128, Beaverton, USA, Redfame Publishing, DOI: 10.11114 /jets.v5i11.2737.
  • Maccallum, J., Beltman, S., Coffey, A., Cooper, T., (2017), Taking Care of Youth Mentoring Relationships: Red Flags, Repair and Respectful Resolution. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 25(3), 250-271, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2017.1364799.
  • Cooper, T., Scriven, R., (2017), Communities of Inquiry in curriculum approach to online learning: strengths and limitations in context. Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 33(4), 22-37, DOI: 10.14742/ajet.3026.
  • Cooper, T., Scott, J., Barclay, E., Sims, M., Love, T., (2016), Crime prevention and young people: Models and future direction for youth night patrols. Crime Prevention and Community Safety: an international journal, 18(4), 266–283, Palgrave MacMillan, DOI: 10.1057/s41300-016-0009-9.


  • Powell, R., Ryan, M., Lambert, C., Cooper, T., Giles, M., Hope, C., (2016), Report for WA Music: Preliminary Economic Impact of the Music Industry in WA., Joondalup, WA, Edith Cowan University.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Social Science,  Young people and the baptist church: Staying and leaving
  • Master of Social Science,  Accommodation for adults with intellectual disability: Exploring the lived experiences of ageing parent carers and the reasons behind their decision to continue to care in the family home

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Boundaries of governance: Social responsibility in mining in Western Australia.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Developing practice: Youthwork with young women living with violence.
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