Young, Tracy

Young, Tracy


Swinburne University of Technology

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Tracy Young is employed at Swinburne University of Technology and is a PhD candidate with the Faculty of Education at Monash University where she is engaged with research that troubles the connections and disjunctions of child/animal relatings in family homes and early childhood education within a critical,  posthuman framework. These complex relations provide a space for ethical considerations that critique how animal species are socially constructed, culturally reproduced and positioned in early childhood education.

Teaching within both the higher education and vocational tertiary sector has enabled Tracy to combine earlier experience in the field of early childhood education, with skills as a leader, advocate and researcher. Tracy has developed extensive knowledge and interest in a number of key teaching areas, including environmental sustainability, early childhood science, curriculum and pedagogy, leadership and professional identity, Indigenous education and perspectives and theories of teaching and learning.

Tracy’s work is sustained by a commitment to animal and ecological justice and seeks to understand how power structures are reinforced through the political, social and cultural effects of education. Thus, her research is concerned with broad and intersecting themes of education, humanism and critical posthumanism. Recent research aligns three disciplines: early childhood education, environmental education, and human-animal studies that explores the connections and disjunctions of children’s relations with animals.


Young, T., & Rautio, P. (2019). Childhoodnature animal relations: Section overview. In A. Cutter Mackenzie, K. Malone & E. Hacking Barratt (Eds.), The International Research Handbook on Childhoodnature: Assemblages of childhood and nature research. London: Springer International Publishing. Young, T., & Bone, J. (2019). Troubling intersections of childhood/animals/education: Narratives of love, life and death. In A. Cutter-Mackenzie, K. Malone & E. Barratt Hacking (Eds.), Research Handbook on Childhoodnature: Assemblages of childhood and nature research. London: Springer International Publishing. Young, T., & Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, A. (2019). Posthumanist learning: Nature as event. In A. Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, A. Lasczik, J. Wilks, M. Logan, A. Turner & W. Boyd (Eds.), Touchstones for deterritorializing socioecological learning: The Anthropocene, posthumanism and common worlds as creative milieux. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Potential areas for research supervision: Human-animal studies in education; Ecological justice; Environmental education; Social justice in early childhood education
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Reading group: University of Melbourne