Research Team

Professor Barbara Spears


Dr Barbara Spears is Professor of Education and Social Development, at the University of South Australia. She is recognised nationally and internationally for work on youth voice, cyber/bullying, sexting, mental health, wellbeing, and the role of technology in young people’s social relationships. She is Chair of the Australian Universities’ Anti-Bullying Research Alliance, which is regularly invited to inform government policy development.   With a particular interest in pre-service teacher education and the translation of research to policy and practice, she has led the following research projects: review of the National Safe Schools Framework; A Public Health Approach to Sexting; Youth Exposure to and Management of Cyber-Bullying Incidents in Australia; and the Safe and Well Online Study: Young and Well Co-operative Research Centre. 

Dr Neil Tippett

Dr Neil Tippett is a research fellow in the School of Education at the University of South Australia. His doctoral research at the University of Warwick (UK), examined the socioecological correlates of peer victimisation, and the subsequent impact that experiences of bullying had upon the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of those involved. Since moving to Australia he has developed an interest in student behaviour and wellbeing more generally, and has extensive experience of conducting research in this area. Most recently he has worked on the review and update of the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework and is currently involved in an ARC funded project examining how schools support the resilience of students from refugee backgrounds.

Dr Carmel Taddeo

Dr Carmel Taddeo is a lecturer: Research Methods and Postgraduate Supervision, in the School of Education: University of South Australia. Carmel has expertise in technology initiatives and change processes, particularly related to youth online safety and wellbeing. She has been involved in the education sector for over 25 years, in primary and tertiary settings. Carmel’s research interests include online research methods/design, change processes, youth wellbeing and the potential of technology to facilitate positive outcomes, both in learning settings and broader life contexts. Carmel has worked on several significant Australian research projects including the Young and Well CRC: Safe and Well Online and studies which have informed Australian policy and legislation, including The Evaluation of the Safe Schools Hub, and Youth Exposure to Cyberbullying and its Management in Australia.

Dr Alan Barnes

Dr Martyn Mills-Bayne

Dr Martyn Mills-Bayne is a senior lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Australia, and has been an avid gamer since his first Atari 2600 console. His doctoral research explored the use of the Community of Inquiry pedagogical approach to foster young children’s empathic reasoning in primary schools. Dr Mills-Bayne is the coordinator of the MENtor Program for Males in ECE, and Deputy Chair of the Australian Association for Men in Early Childhood (AAMEC). Through these initiatives Dr Mills-Bayne supports professional networks for male educators internationally and across Australia, advocating for a more gender diverse ECE workforce.