Girls Growing Up is led by Dr Signe Ravn, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Prior to taking up this position, she was a senior researcher at The Danish National Centre for Social Research in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she lived and worked before moving to Melbourne. She has conducted empirical, qualitative research projects with young people for more than ten years, first in Denmark, and since 2015 in Australia.
Signe’s research focuses on youth, risk, gender, disadvantage, and processes of marginalisation as young people move towards adulthood. One strand of her research looks at how young people in ‘risky’ and/or disadvantaged situations navigate their present and imagine their futures. Another strand considers gendered identities and practices, and gender inequalities. The present project combines these two main interests in its focus on young women in disadvantaged situations and how they navigate the everyday and imagine their futures.
Signe’s research also contributes to the further development of qualitative research methods. She has extensive experience with conducting interviews and focus groups and works with visual and creative methods such as photo elicitation, life charts and drawings in her research. This interest and experience is reflected in the design of this research project.
A full list of her publications can be found here.