Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Tim Harrison

Position Senior Lecturer
Study area Humanities and Social Sciences
Location SMB, Room E115
Email t.harrison@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy – Federation University Australia - 2015
Master of Business Administration – University of Ballarat – 2003
Graduate Diploma of Arts – University of Ballarat – 1995
Bachelor of Technology (Electrical Engineering) – University of Ballarat - 1994

Teaching

Program(s)

Bachelor of Arts

Courses

  • Introduction to Social Inquiry (BAFND1001)
  • Neoliberal Modernity (BAFND1004)

Biography

Tim works within the Faculty of Education and Arts at Federation University Australia, and prior to that with the University of Ballarat. Tim is not a lifelong academic having held executive roles in local government in Victoria and Queensland, working as a 'social consultant' developing social enterprises and engaging in community development work and originally in the telecommunications sector in technical roles. In his academic work Tim seeks to understand and interpret aspects of life in rural and regional Australia and the lives of young people, particularly how they connect to education.

Areas of expertise

Tim describes his work as applied sociology. Using sociological understandings to inform a practical policy debate, Tim contributes to better understandings of why things are the way they are and aims to develop new models for how things might be. Tim uses this approach in the broad areas of rural / regional studies and in the connection of young people to education. He works within a qualitative, socially critical framework and particularly enjoys his research fieldwork in the Wimmera, Gippsland and Central Victoria.
One of Tim's major interests relates to developing a new model of delivery of higher education to students who may not engage with higher education on the basis of social, geographic, class or educational barriers. He has developed pilot programs testing the model in rural Victoria and sites on the peri-urban fringe. The BA@Community program operates on the premise that the university can come to people in a range of different settings and that a student's educational history does not dictate their educational future.
Tim is vitally interested in working with government, the not for profit sector and private industry to assist in developing new ways of understanding the possibilities for living in rural and regional Victoria. He has undertaken a number of funded projects focussing on service provision, population decline and young people's connection to education.

Research interests

  • Regional Studies
  • Applied Sociology within the context of rural and regional policy and inequality
  • Engagement of rural, regional and low-SES students with higher education
  • Young people and digital media

Supervision

Honours Thesis Supervised

Allen, K. Community enterprise genuine social entrepreneurialism. Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Ballarat, December 4, 2012

Current Higher Degree Supervision

Cooper, I. Impact of non teaching staff on the wellbeing and educational outcomes of young people. Master of Education. University of Ballarat. Commenced July 2013. (Associate Supervisor)

Meredith, Grant. Experiences of students who stutter engaged within the Australian Higher Education System. Doctor of Philosophy. Federation University Australia Commenced April 2015. (Principal Supervisor)

Parkin, E. The social and economic impact of cultural and heritage industries in Australian and New Zealand regional areas. Doctor of Philosophy. Commenced May 2015. (Associate Supervisor)

Current Minor Thesis Supervision

Hall, M. Experience of students in the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning program. Master of Educational Studies. Federation University Australia. Commenced March 2015.

Publications

Book chapters

Farrugia, D., Smyth, J. & Harrison, T. (2015). 'Vulnerable', 'at risk', 'disengaged'. Regional young people. In K. te Riele & R. Gorur (Eds). Interrogating misconceptions of "vulnerable" youth in theory, policy and practice.

Refereed journal articles

Smyth, J & Harrison, T. (2015). The 'hidden transcripts' of digital natives in the peri-urban jungle: young people making sense of their use of social/digital media. Educational Practice and Theory. 37(1).

Smyth, J. & Harrison, T. (2015) What it means to study/teach 'against the grain' of neoliberalism in a community based university program in a 'disadvantaged area'. Journal of Educational Administration and History. 47(2), 155-173.

Farrugia, D., Smyth, J. & Harrison, T. (2015). Affective topologies of rural youth embodiment. Sociologica Ruralis. DOI 10.1111/soru.12077.

Farrugia, D. Smyth, J. & Harrison, T. (2015). Moral distinctions and structural inequality: Homeless youth salvaging the self. Sociological Review. DOI: 10.1111/1467-954X.122252.

Farrugia, D., Smyth, J. & Harrison, T. (2014) Rural Young People in Late Modernity: Place, Globalisation, and the Spatial Contours of Identity. Current Sociology. 62(7), 1036-1054.

Farrugia, D. Smyth, J. & Harrison, T. (2014). Emplacing young people in an Australian rural community: An extraverted sense of place in times of change." Journal of Youth Studies. 17(9), 1152-1167.

Conference papers and presentations

Smyth, J. & Harrison, T. (2014). The 'hidden' transcripts of digital natives in the peri-urban
​jungle: Young people making sense of their use of social / digital media. Interactive Futures: Young People's Mediated Lives in the Asia Pacific and Beyond Conference, Monash University (Caufield) 102 December 2014.

Farrugia, D., Smyth, J. & Harrison, T. (2014) Towards a Comparative Sociology of Youth: Alternative Frameworks and Empirical Advances (1) Qualitative Approaches, World Congress of Sociology, 2014, Yokohama (distributed paper to congress)

Farrugia, D; Smyth, J.; Harrison, T. (2013). "Young People in Regional Australia: Identity, Inequality and Social Change." The Australian Sociological Association 2013 Annual Conference.

Farrugia, D., Smyth, J., Harrison, T. (2013)2013: "Regional Youth Biographies: Class, Community, Identity." New Agendas on Youth and Young Adulthood.

Harrison, T. (2013) 'I live on a farm...not many people around': Young People and 'Community' in a Rural Town. Young People in Rural Places: Research Insights and Challenges, Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne. 8 August 2013.

Smyth, J., Farrugia, D. & Harrison, T. (2013) Young subjectivities in an Australian rural town: class, reflexivity and social change, Youth Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, 8--10 April, 2013

Funded Reports

Harrison, T. & O'Loughlan, C. Social Services in the Grampians Region 2030. Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University Australia, August 2015.

Harrison, T. Retention and Attraction of Young Adults in Small Rural Towns. Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University Australia, December 2014.

Smyth, J. & Harrison, T. Young adult empowerment project evaluation. School of Education, University of Ballarat, July 2013.

Harrison T. Melton Kindergarten Project. School of Education and Arts, University of Ballarat, April 2013.

McDonald, J., Harrison, T. & Blaiklock, B. Aspirations and destinations of young people in Central Hume: A study of four schools and communities. School of Education and Arts, University of Ballarat, April 2013.

Harrison, T. Wildlife ponds scheme – Web 2.0 tools and emerging technologies supporting engagement and monitoring of enhanced biodiversity values. School of Education, University of Ballarat, April 2012.

Smyth, J. & Harrison, T. Research Listening Conference Report: What does it mean to be a researcher at University of Ballarat? School of Education, University of Ballarat, March 2011.

Smyth, J. & Harrison, T. Final Report. Horsham North Community Strengthening Project Evaluation. School of Education, University of Ballarat, March 2011.

Smyth, J., Harrison, T. & McInerney, P. Final Report. Wendouree West Learning Hub Action Research Project. School of Education, University of Ballarat, March 2011.

Smyth, J., McInerney, P. & Harrison, T. What to Look for in Genuine Community Engagement: A Toolkit. . School of Education, University of Ballarat, February 2011.

Funded Research / Consulting

March 2015 -
Social Services in the Grampians 2030
Grampians Regional Managers Forum
$55,000
Investigator: T Harrison

March 2014 – June 2014
Understanding the population gap
Victorian Department of State Development, Business and Innovation
$10,000
investigator: T Harrison

March 2012 – March 2013
Tertiary Education Aspirations Study for Central Hume
Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development through Hume Regional Development Association
$39,946
Investigators: J. McDonald, T. Harrison & B. Blaiklock

March 2012—June 2013
Young Adult Empowerment Program evaluation
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (though the Committee for Ballarat)
$20,000
Investigators: J. Smyth & T. Harrison

January 2012—December 2012
An ethnographic evaluation of an educational engagement model in improving the life chances of 'out-of-home care' disadvantaged young people.
Funded by Lisa Lodge (now Berry Street Education Centre)
$9,450
Investigators: J. Smyth & T. Harrison

November 2011 – March 2013
Melton Kindergarten Project
Melton City Council
$7,000
Investigator: T. Harrison

November 2010 – April 2012
Wildlife ponds scheme – Web 2.0 tools and emerging technologies supporting engagement and monitoring of enhanced biodiversity values
Birchip Cropping Group
$10,000
Chief Investigator: T. Harrison

August 2009—July 2010
Healthy Active Delacombe: Understanding a Community Based Health and Wellbeing Program.
Healthy Active Australia Community and Schools grants Program in association with Delacombe Neighbourhood Renewal Program
$13,167
Investigators: J. Smyth, Tim Harrison & P. McInerney

August 2009—August 2010
Action Research at the Wendouree West Learning HUB.
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria
$78,331
Investigators: J. Smyth, T. Harrison, L. Angus & P. McInerney

Community Engagement Projects

February 2015 – December 2015
Regional Destinations Program
Australian Government, Higher Education Participation Program
$123,000 (from Federation University allocation)
Project Leader: T. Harrison & J McDonald

June 2014 – December 2015
Community Based Programs
Victorian Government, Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund
$100,000 (from Federation University allocation)
Project Leaders: T. Harrison & J. McDonald

March 2014 – December 2014
BA@Warragul
Australian Government, Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program
$29,300
Project Leader: T Harrison

January 2012—December 2014
Building aspiration in disadvantaged regional communities: University of Ballarat Higher Education Regional Aspiration Program (HERAP) - Community.
Australian Government, Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program
$950,000
Project Leaders: T. Harrison and J. Smyth

June 2011 – December 2011
Engaging kids from low SES backgrounds through a community/school setting
Australian Government, Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program
$66,719
Project Leaders: T. Harrison and J. Smyth

Internal Research Grants

December 2013 – November 2014
'Working the ruins' in a de-industrializing coal mining community
UB Collaborative Research network
$15,000
Investigators: J Smyth & T Harrison

June 2013 – December 2013
Horsham North - Life on the other side of the tracks
UB Collaborative Research Network
$4,800
Investigators: J. Smyth & T. Harrison

June 2013 – December 2013
Educating against the grain
UB Collaborative Research Network
$4,600
Investigators: J. Smyth & T. Harrison

September 2012 – December 2013
Youth homelessness in regional areas
UB Collaborative Research Network
$5,000
Investigators: J. Smyth, D. Farrugia & T. Harrison

April 2011 – November 2012
Football clubs as relational spaces for community identity—in two rural towns
University of Ballarat – Deakin University Collaborative Fund
$22,695
Investigators: J. Smyth, C. Hickey, T. Harrison, A. Mooney & D. Blake

August 2010—July 2011
Students from low SES backgrounds engaging with university education
University of Ballarat—Australian Catholic University Collaboration Fund
$19,726
Investigators: J. Smyth, S. McNamara, T. Harrison, J. Burke, & M. Mattarozzi-Laming

Associations

  • The Australian Sociological Association
  • International Sociological Association