Australasian Animal Studies Association

Young, Dr Tracy


Swinburne University of Technology

Tracy Young
Research interests / activities

Tracy Young is a lecturer with the Department of Education at Swinburne University in Melbourne with a history of continuous engagement with the early childhood profession and research with environmental education and early childhood education. Tracy completed her PhD in 2019 with the Faculty of Education at Monash University. This research adopted qualitative and post-qualitative methodologies to research children’s relations with animals in early childhood. In this research the complex relations with children, animals and the environment provide a space for ethical considerations that aim to understand the positioning of animals in early childhood education settings and the ways in which non-human animals are politically constructed and culturally reproduced in early childhood. Post-paradigms engage new ways of seeing the world and as we grapple with the influence and possibilities of post perspectives, it is challenging to consider how these are enacted to inform research about human/animal/environmental relatings.


Young, T., & Bone, J. (2019). Troubling intersections of childhood/animals/education: Narratives of love, life, and death. In A. Cutter Mackenzie, K. Malone, & E. Hacking Barratt (Eds.), The International Research Handbook on ChildhoodNature. London: Springer International Publishing.
Young, T., Clancy, C., & Ahern, P. (2015). Shining an ethical light on egg-hatching programs Every Child, 21(3), 38-39.
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.
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. C. (2019). Connections and disjunctions: Hum(an)imal becomings in early childhood. (PhD). Monash University, Melbourne.

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