Focus areas
Youth studies; homelessness; inequality; applied sociology; adaptive methodologies

Principal Research Fellow, Youth Opportunity

Joseph Borlagdan is a Principal Research Fellow in the Social Policy and Research Centre, Brotherhood of St. Laurence. He leads the Youth Opportunity team that conducts research and evaluation in the areas of youth unemployment, education, leaving care, and homelessness.

With his team, he has recently completed the first longitudinal study investigating the effectiveness of the Education First Youth Foyers, an innovative model supporting young people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Joseph is passionate about the role of sociology in addressing social problems and served as the inaugural Applied Sociology portfolio leader on The Australian Sociological Association executive. His work brings together theoretical and practical knowledges to inform systemic change using adaptive methodologies.


Selected BSL publications

Mallett, S, James, S, Borlagdan, J, Thornton, D & Brown, D 2022,  Applied systemic change: an implementation guide for building capability in human service systems

Clarke, K, Borlagdan, J & Mallett, S 2020, Young people and vocational education and training (COVID-19 Insights)

Thornton, D, Politanski, D, Borlagdan, J & Mallett, S 2020, Children and young people on the edge of care, out of home and alone (COVID-19 Insights)

Coddou, M, Borlagdan, J & Mallett, S 2019, Starting a future that means something to you: outcomes from a longitudinal study of Education First Youth Foyers

Coddou, M & Borlagdan, J 2018, From aspiration to opportunity: Developing Independence in out-of-home care

Hart, A, Borlagdan, J & Mallett, S 2017, Paying attention to the future: piloting the Certificate 1 in Developing Independence in out-of-home care settings

Borlagdan, J & Keys, D 2015, Throwing out the rulebook: collaborative innovation for the unfolding Education First Youth Foyer model

Bowman, D, Borlagdan, J & Bond, S 2015, Making sense of youth transitions from education to work