Dr Dorothy Bottrell

BADipEd, MEd, EdD
Honorary Senior Lecturer
A35 / 307
The University of Sydney

Dorothy Bottrell is Senior Lecturer in Social Pedagogy in the College of Education at La Trobe University. Her background is in secondary teaching, juvenile justice, youth and community work and TAFE teaching in community services.

Dorothy’s first academic post was at the University of Sydney (2007-13). Since joining La Trobe University in mid-2013, Dorothy has led a team of staff to develop the new degree, Bachelor of Education (Social Pedagogy). This course prepares educators to work in community and human services contexts. She has also taught in the 4th year Bachelor of Education P-12, master's degrees in education, and supervised doctoral and minor thesis research.

At Victoria Institute, she also worked with Professor Kitty te Riele and Dr Vicky Plows (Victoria Institute, now part of ISILC) on alternative education research.

  • Senior Lecturer in Social Pedagogy, College of Education, La Trobe University
  • Member, Mobilities, Transitions and Resilience Network of the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, La Trobe University
  • Member, Youth Justice Coalition and YJC Education working group 2009-11
  • Member, Glebe Community Development Project steering committe 2007-13
  • Editorial Board, International Journal on School Disaffection


Book chapters
  • Bottrell D., & Pessoa, A. (2019). "Waiting, belonging and social change: Marginal perspectives from Sao Paulo and Melbourne." In H. Cuervo & A. Miranda (Ed.), Youth, inequality and social change in the global South (pp. 129–145), Singapore: Springer.
  • Pessoa, A., Libório, R., Noltemeyer, A., & Bottrell, D. (2017). "The applicability of ‘hidden resilience’ in the lives of adolescents involved in drug trafficking." In S.H. Koller and D. Dabbosco Dell’Aglio (Ed.), Vulnerable Children and Youth in Brazil: Innovative approaches from the psychology of social development (pp. 247–260), Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Bottrell, D. (2015). "Schools and communities fit for purpose." In H. Proctor, P. Brownlee & P. Freebody (Ed.), Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice (pp. 27–38), Cham: Springer.
  • Bottrell, D. & France, A. (2015). "Bourdieurian cultural transitions: young people negotiating ‘fields’ in their pathways into and out of crime." In D. Woodman & A. Bennett (Ed.), Youth cultures, transitions and generations: Bridging the gap in youth research (pp. 99–112), Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave.
  • Ungar, M., Bottrell, D., Tian, G., & Xiying Wang, X. (2013). "Resilienz, stärken und ressourcen im jugendalter." In C. Steinebach & K. Gharabaghi (Hrsg.) (Ed.), Resilienzförderung im jugendalter: Praxis und perspektiven (pp. 1–19), Berlin: Springer.
  • Bottrell, D. & Armstrong, D. (2012). "Local resources and distal decisions: the political ecology of resilience." In M. Ungar (Ed.), The social ecology of resilience: A handbook of theory and practice (pp. 247–264), New York: Springer.
  • Bottrell, D. & Goodwin, S. (2011). "School-community engagement: beyond neoliberalism?" In D. Bottrell & S. Goodwin (Ed.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion (pp. 282–294), Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bottrell, D. & Goodwin, S. (2011). "Schools, communities and the achievement turn: the neo-liberalisation of equity." In D. Bottrell & S. Goodwin (Ed.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion (pp. 22–37), Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bottrell, D. & Goodwin, S. (2011). "Contextualising schools and communities." In D. Bottrell & S. Goodwin (Ed.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion (pp. 1–20), Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bottrell, D. (2011). "Shifting perspectives, representations and dilemmas in work with young people." In A. Campbell & P. Broadhead (Ed.), Working with children and young people: Ethical debates and practices across disciplines and continents (pp. 159–178), Oxford: Peter Lang.
  • Bottrell, D. (2011). "Learning through community development projects." In D. Bottrell & S. Goodwin (Ed.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion (pp. 125–139), Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Velkou, S. & Bottrell, D. (2011). "Schools as community centres in New South Wales." In D. Bottrell and S. Goodwin (Ed.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion (pp. 228–240), Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bottrell, D. (2008). "TGG: girls, street culture and identity." In Harris, A. (Ed.), Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism (pp. 37–62), New York and London: Routledge.

Journal articles
  • MacDonald, F., Bottrell, D., & Johnson, B. (in press). "Socially transformative wellbeing practices in flexible learning environments: invoking an education of hope." Health Education Journal. DOI:10.1177/0017896918777005
  • Pessoa, A., Liebenberg, L., Bottrell, D., & Koller, S. (2019). "Restructuring educational systems and promoting social justice for young people involved in drug trafficking in Brazil." Zeitschrift fuer Psychologie - Journal of Psychology, 227(2), 139–143. DOI:10.1027/2151-2604/a000366
  • Li, H., Bottrell, D. & Armstrong, D. (2018). "Understanding the pathways to resilience: voices from Chinese adolescents." Young, 26(2), 126–144. DOI:10.1177/1103308817711532
  • Plows, V., Bottrell, D. and te Riele, K. (2017). "Valued outcomes in the counter-spaces of alternative education programs: success but on whose scale?" Geographical Research, 55(1), 29–37. DOI:10.1111/1745-5871.12186
  • Pessoa, A., Coimbra, R., Bottrell, D. & Noltemeyer, A. . (2017). "Resilience processes within the school context of adolescents with sexual violence history." Educacao em Revista, 33(e157785). DOI:10.1590/0102-4698157785
  • Collie, R., Martin, A., Bottrell, D., Armstrong, D., Ungar, M. & Liebenberg, L. (2017). "Social support, academic adversity and academic buoyancy: a person-centred analysis and implications for academic outcomes." Educational Psychology, 37(5), 550–564. DOI:10.1080/01443410.2015.1127330
  • Coelho, J., Pessoa, A. & Bottrell, D. (2017). "Perceptions of young offenders about the police: a qualitative study conducted in Brazil." Pesquisas e Praticas Psicossociais [Psychosocial Research and Practices], 12(4).
  • te Riele, K., Plows, V. & Bottrell, D. (2016). "Interest, learning, and belonging in flexible learning programmes." International Journal on School Disaffection, 12(1), 45–63. DOI:10.18546/IJSD.12.1.03
  • Martin, A., Bottrell, D., Armstrong, D., Mansour, M., Ungar, M., Liebenberg, L. & Collie, R. (2015). "The role of resilience in assisting the educational connectedness of at-risk youth: a study of service users and non-users." International Journal of Educational Research, 74, 1–12.
  • France, A., Bottrell, D., & Haddon, E. (2012). "Managing everyday life: the conceptualisation and value of cultural capital in navigating everyday life for working class youth." Journal of Youth Studies, iFirst a, 1–15. DOI:10.1080/13676261.2012.733814
  • Bottrell, D., Armstrong, D., and France, A. (2010). "Young people's relations to crime: pathways across ecologies." Youth Justice, 10(1), 56–72.
  • Bottrell, D. (2009). "Dealing with disadvantage: resilience and the social capital of young people’s networks." Youth & Society, 40(4), 476–501.
  • Bottrell, D. (2009). "Understanding 'marginal' perspectives: towards a social theory of resilience". [* Most downloaded article in 2010 in this journal (of all articles published in 2009 and 2010)]. Qualitative Social Work Research & Practice, 8(3), 321–339. DOI:10.1177/1473325009337840
  • Bottrell, D. (2007). "Resistance, resilience and social identities: reframing 'problem youth' and the problem of schooling." Journal of Youth Studies, 10(5), 597–616.
  • Bottrell, D, Armstrong, D. (2007). "Changes and exchanges in marginal youth transitions." Journal of Youth Studies, 10(3), 353–371.

Conference papers
  • Bottrell, D., Freebody, K., & Goodwin, S. (2011). "School-community engagement: shifting boundaries of policy and practice." In Wright, J. Conference Proceedings, Australian Association for Research in Education Annual International Conference, Researching Across Boundaries (pp. 1–13). Hobart, 27 November-1 December.
  • Bottrell, D. (2010). "Social justice and the epistemic ecology of young people's resilience: four questions about listening." In Pathways to Resilience II: The Social Ecology of Resilience. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 7-10 June.
  • Bottrell, D. & Goodwin, S. (2010). "Communities and schools: a community development relationship." In State Conference of NSW Department of Education and Training Multicultural Consultants and Community Liaison Officers. Sydney, 20 August.
  • Bottrell, D. (2010). "Growing up public: 'problem youth', residualisation and resilience." In The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, “Social Causes, Private Lives”. Macquarie University, 6-9 December.
  • Bottrell, D. (2009). "Young people’s understandings of resilience." Invited Keynote. In 'Heads Up’ Hope and Resilience Conference. Headspace Mid-North Coast, Coffs Harbour, 21 March.
  • Bottrell, D. (2007). "Dealing with disadvantage: community, place and resilience in girls’ identity work." In Australian Social Policy Conference. UNSW, 11-13 July.