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Nicky McColl Jones
Research Officer

Nicky McColl Jones joined the Research and Policy Centre as a student on placement in May 2013 and graduated in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Social Work from Charles Sturt University. 

She has worked across the Early Years, Retirement and Ageing and Through School to Work research teams on several large projects, including the evaluation of Education First Youth Foyers. 


Nicky has five years experience working in the homelessness sector in services, advocacy and research. She previously spent 13 years in the fashion industry but has always been passionate about social justice and equity, which ultimately motivated her to change career.  

After working on the Education First Youth Foyers Evaluation collecting data from young people through surveys and interviews, she has moved to a service development role in the Youth Transitions team, while continuing her involvement in evaluating the Developing Independence course.

Nicky also volunteers for a community group that supports asylum seeker families in her neighbourhood. 

Contact: nmccolljones(at)bsl.org.au


Research interests

  • Homelessness
  • Youth
  • Asylum seekers and refugees

Affiliations/associations

Australian Association of Social Workers

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