Carmel Hobbs is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. She is a member of the Australian Association for Flexible and Inclusive Education (AAFIE), the Australian Association for Educational Research (AARE), the British Educational Research Association (BERA), and The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
Her research expertise centers around flexible and alternative education, including how to best support and empower marginalized young people (especially those for whom mainstream schools are not working) to attain their goals in the present, and for the future. In 2017 she completed her PhD titled Becoming somebody: A constructivist grounded theory of marginalized young people re-engaging with education through an alternative school. Her research into the experiences of marginalized young people in schools continues, with a current interest in socially just schooling practices, and trauma-informed approaches to teaching that improve the schooling experiences of all young people. With a background in public health and community development, she also works more broadly on issues of social justice, social inclusion, and marginalization.