Dr Justin Barker



Research Fellow

Institute of Child Protection Studies

B.A.(Hons) ANU & University of Adelaide, PhD (Anthropology), ANU
Phone: (02) 6209 1226
Email: justin.barker@acu.edu.au

Researcher ID: C-6799-2016
ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-8782-4373
SCOPUS Author ID: 55444559600

Research Interests

  • Youth studies
  • Family studies
  • Homelessness
  • Social theory
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Urban anthropology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Program evaluation

Biography

Dr Justin Barker is an urban anthropologist whose research has examined youth homelessness, homeless fathers, intergenerational drug use, alcohol related violence, tobacco management in the community sector, program evaluation, and service use with vulnerable population groups. He has been the project manager and lead researcher on numerous research projects that have aimed to directly inform policy and practice.

Prior to his career as a researcher Justin was a youth worker in Adelaide and Canberra working with homeless young people. This experience led onto his PhD that examined the lives of homeless young people in Canberra, providing ethnographic insights into the conditions of youth homelessness. He has developed and implemented a range of qualitative research methodologies aimed at doing research with young people and vulnerable population groups. Justin has a strong background in social theory which he uses to add meaning and insight into his research and draws on research findings to contribute to social theory.

Selected Publications

Peer reviewed journal articles

Barker, J. (2016). A habitus of instability: youth homelessness and instability. Journal of Youth Studies, 19(5), 665-683.

Barker, J., & Thomson, L. (2015). Helpful relationships with service users: Linking social capital. Australian Social Work, 68(1), 130 - 145.

Barker, J. (2014). Alone together: The strategies of autonomy and relatedness in the lives of homeless youth. Journal of Youth Studies, 17(6), 763-777.

Noble-Carr, D., Barker, J., McArthur, M., & Woodman, E. (2014). Improving practice: The importance of connections in establishing positive identity and meaning in the lives of vulnerable young people. Children and Youth Services Review, 47(3), 389-396.

Barker, J. (2013). Negative cultural capital and homeless young people. Journal of Youth Studies, 16(3), 358-374.

Barker, J. (2012). Social capital, homeless young people and the family. Journal of Youth Studies, 15(6), 730-743.

Research reports

Barker, J., Kolar, V., Mallett, S., & McArthur, M. (2013). What works for children experiencing homelessness and/or family/domestic violence? Part 1: Literature Synthesis. Melbourne: Hanover Welfare Services.

Kolar, V., Barker, J., Mallett, S., McArthur, M., & Nette, A. (2013). What works for children experiencing homelessness and/or family/domestic violence? An Abridged Report. Melbourne: Hanover Welfare Services.

Noble-Carr, D., Barker, J., & McArthur, M. (2013). Me, Myself and I: Identity and Meaning for Vulnerable Young People. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Barker, J., Humphries, P., McArthur, M., & Thomson, L. (2012). Literature Review: Effective interventions for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Barker, J., Humphries, P., McArthur, M., & Thomson, L. (2012). Reconnect: Working with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Barker, J., Kolar, V., Mallett, S., McArthur, M., Saunders, V. (2011). More Than Just Me: Supporting Fathers who are Homeless. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

McArthur, M., Thomson, L., Woodward, M., Barker, J., Layton, M., & Winkworth, G. (2011). Evaluation of the Supporting Children After Separation Program and the Post Separation Cooperative Parenting Program. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Barker, J. (2010). Dutch Courage: Young People, Alcohol and Alcohol Related Violence. Canberra: Youth Coalition of the ACT. (external link)

Barker, J. (2010). Everywhere but Nowhere: the lives of homeless youth in Canberra. School of Archaeology and Anthropology. Canberra, Australian National University. PhD.

Barker, J., & Szukalska, K. (2009). Living Skills and Youth Supported Accommodation Assistance Scheme Consultation Project Paper. Canberra: Youth Coalition of the ACT.

Barker, J. (2006). Warts and All. Canberra: Barnardos Transition Program.

Barker, J. (2005). Report on the Consultation with Young People Reviewing the Proposed ACT Youth Homelessness Action Plan. Canberra: Youth Coalition of the ACT.

Non-refereed articles

Barker, J., & Barry, E. (2013). 'The Big Man': Homeless Young People and Negative Cultural Capital. Parity, 26(10), 31-32.

Barker, J., & Barry, E. (2013, 26 November). Itching for a fight: The motives behind alcohol-fuelled violence [Opinion Article]. The Conversation.

Practice-based publications

Barker, J., Thomson, L., & Barry, E. (2015). The Importance of a 'Human Connection': Helpful relationships with service users and linking social capital. Research to Practice Series, Issue 9. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Barker, J., & Morrison, T. (2014). Supporting fathers who are homeless. Research to Practice Series, Issue 5, March. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Barry, E., & Barker, J. (2013). Interventions and practice principles for supporting young people who are homeless. Research to Practice Series, Issue 1, March. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Memberships and Professional Activities

  • The Australian Anthropological Society