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A/PROF Hernan Cuervo




  • Hernan Cuervo is an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Deputy Director of the Youth Research Centre, in the University of Melbourne.

    His research interests focus on youth studies, the concept of belonging, rurality and theory of justice in education. Hernan coordinates and teaches the subjects 'Education Research Methodology' in the Graduate Certificate of Education and the Master of Teaching; ‘Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions’ in the Master of Education; and the subjects ‘Youth Leading Change’, ‘Youth and Popular Culture’ and ‘Learning and the Digital Generations’ at an undergraduate level. He is a regular lecturer in different courses in the Master of Teaching at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, in the Sociology program in the Faculty of Arts and in the Master of Adolescent Health in the Faculty of Medicine. Hernan also works in the longitudinal Life Patterns project focusing on youth transitions and the link between education and work. He is currently a member of the Council Advisory Policy for the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) and the Red de Comunidades Rurales, Argentina.   


Member of

  • Australian Association for Research in Education. Member of the 'Social Justice', 'Sociology of Education', 'Rural Education' working groups. 2013 -
  • International Sociological Association. Member of the Research Committee 34 'Socilogy of Youth' & RC 04 ' Sociology of Education'. 2013 -
  • American Educational Research Association. Member of the SIGs 'Critical Educators for Social Justice', 'Adolescence and Youth Development', 'Rural Education. 2012 -
  • Red Comunidades Rurales. Board Member of the organization Red Comunidades Rurales, Argentina. 2012 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 1) NEW MOBILITY OF ITALIAN YOUTH TO AUSTRALIA (Universita Tre di Roma. Investigators: Prof. Hernan Cuervo & Prof. Mauro Giardiello, 2017-2019). 2)TRANSITION FROM YOUTH TO ADULTHOOD (National Youth Policy Institute, South Korea. Investigators: Prof. Johanna Wyn & A/Prof. Hernan Cuervo, 2010). 3) REGIONAL YOUTH PROJECT (Department of Planning & community Development, Victorian Government. Investigators: A/Prof. Hernan Cuervo & PROF Johanna Wyn, 2009). 4) OHS KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN COMPULSORY AND POST-COMPULSORY EDUCATION. Worksafe Victoria. Investigators: A/Prof Helen Stokes, Prof Johanna Wyn, A/Prof Hernan Cuervo, 2007 - 2008). 5) YOUNG PEOPLE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION. VicHealth Foundation. Investigators: Prof. Johanna Wyn & A/Prof. Hernan Cuervo, 2005).    


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • B.PS, University of Buenos Aires 1998

Awards and honors

  • Dissertation Recognition Award, American Education Research Association (AERA), 2011


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Recent and current supervision:

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Lived politics on the margins: A study of young people’s citizenship experiences in schools (PhD awarded)

    New Femininities: Young women, education and employment (PhD awarded)

    Online citizenship practice of Chinese young people

    Linguistic minorities and Australian language education policy: A study in community representation

    The effect of school based measures of student success on student choice of pathways through post compulsory schooling

    Education and Citizenship: Is education the best predictor of active citizenship among Cambodian youths?

    Hand up or Hand Out? Youth transitions and the comparative political economy of labour market policy

    Doctor of Education (DEd)

    Sport and youth development: The practice of sport-oriented youth development programs in Tanzania (DEd awarded)

    Asia Literacy and the purpose of in-country study tours

    Master of Education (MEd)

    Exploring the relationship between volunteering and student connectedness at a regional Victorian secondary school (MEd awarded)

    Rethinking Indigenous Educational Disadvantage: A Critical Analysis of Race and Whiteness in Australian Education Policy (MEd awarded)

    The experience of a sense of belonging for international students in Australian government secondary schools