Jennifer Skattebol

Senior Research Fellow
Senior Lecturer


Jennifer Skattebol, Dip Ed (EC), B.Ed., PhD,  explores issues of economic inequality and how they are experienced by children and their families. She is primarily a qualitative and mixed method researcher grounded in the disciplines of education, sociology and social policy. Her methodological expertise is designing research with children, young people and their families in contexts of disadvantage. She has worked extensively with government and non-government bodies on issues related to early years education, child and youth poverty and how service systems might better meet the needs of these young Australians and their families. She is interested in how constructions of family are lived and experienced and how the nexus of the family is a site where inequalities and power focus, operate, are resisted and transformed. This work includes consideration of how young people manage tensions between family and school (and other services) and how services might be more responsive to the needs of disadvantaged citizen. Current research projects include equitable access to early childhood education and care, of child wellbeing in the middle years and an investigation of the lifecourses of young poeple using multiple service systems.

Research Summary

Jennifer Skattebol's research interests include children and young people's experiences of poverty,  education in underserved and/or under resourced communities, child/youth-centred methodologies, and participatory methodologies.

Teaching HDR Supervision:

Jennifer Skattebol welcomes enquires from prospective Higher Research Candidates interested in children and young people’s experiences, families with young children, services for low income and culturally diverse communities.

HDR completions:

Inara Walden: Participation in Indigenous policy making

Jan Idle: Talking and Listening in Primary School

Kabirul Islam: Food Security and Social Safety Net Programs: A Study of Bangladeshi Rural poor Households