Still Curious S1E10 - Kat Daley
    Introduction
    Kat Daley

    To be curious is a privilege that comes with time and economic security. I don't think they realize how busy they are. Like they all work seven days. There's no weekends, there's no days off. There's no space to be curious, but that's normal to them. So I do wonder if they will actually ever get the space to be curious if it's so sort of ingrained in them to be at the grind 24 7.

    Danu Poyner

    You're listening to the Still Curious Podcast with me, Danu Poyner.

    My guest today is Kat Daley, who was the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies at RMIT University, which is the largest youth work degree in Australia.

    Kat's research examines, young people and chronic disadvantage, youth policy, self-injury, gender, corrections and poverty. I met Kat nearly 10 years ago when I was a Teaching Assistant at RMIT. while she was doing her PhD and we taught a course on research methods together. In this episode, we discuss the realities of life on the margins.

    Kat Daley

    If you spend a day in court, you just watched the haves tell the have-nots how to live their life

    Danu Poyner

    And the kind of issues and people Kat encounters on a daily basis. We cover why youth studies matters.

    Kat Daley

    What I always found really problematic was that all of the research on best practice for working with young people with drug issues was not applicable to the young people I was working with.

    Danu Poyner

    Kat's pathway into the academy and where she got her drive for tackling systemic injustice.

    Kat Daley

    She was like, you did the right thing. Do it again tomorrow, you know? You've got to stand up for other people. Don't worry about getting suspended from school.

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