Dear colleagues

This Wednesday will host the first session of the Research Brown Bag Seminar Series; with Peter Kelly presenting Marginalised Young People and the Moral Economies of Social Enterprise. 

Please join Peter at 12:30 pm at the Bundoora Campus (B220. L4. R031).


Peter’s research interests are related to young people, education and training, work, and critical perspectives on young people’s well-being, resilience and enterprise. He has published widely in relation to these interests, including: Neo-Liberalism and Austerity: The Moral Economies of Young People’s Health and Well-being

Young People and the Aesthetics of Health Promotion: Beyond Reason, Rationality and Risk.

The Moral Geographies of Children, Young People and Food: Beyond Jamie’s School Dinners

A Critical Youth Studies for the 21st Century

The Self as Enterprise: Foucault and the Spirit of 21st Century Capitalism

Working in Jamie’s Kitchen: Salvation, Passion and Young Workers


This presentation will present aspects of an ongoing ARC Discovery Project titled: Arts based social enterprise and marginalised young people’s transitions. (please follow the link to a blog for the project: )

Our primary aim in the project is to analyse how art-based social enterprise (ASE) organisations manage education, training and work transitions, and develop the health and well-being of marginalised young people.

A key dimension of these contexts is the different forms of responsibility that different agencies, organisations, departments, businesses, communities, neighbourhoods, and individuals assume, or are allocated, in relation to addressing the significant challenges and opportunities that many young people, marginalised or otherwise, face, and which, increasingly, social enterprises are imagined as providing the solution to.

A key concept we are working with is the idea of ‘moral economy’. This concept enables us to focus on a number of things, including:

  • those processes that seek to make social enterprise responsible – by governments, businesses and communities – for managing a range of youth issues and concerns;
  • to imagine these processes as being inherently ‘moral’ in that they ALWAYS involve making some choices, and not others;
  • to focus on the different power relations that enable some individuals and organisations to be made responsible, and others not so much;
  • and to critically analyse the consequences – intended or otherwise – for young people, their families and communities, for the ‘moral economies’ of social enterprises.