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Dr. Ben Lohmeyer

Head of Youth Work

About Dr. Ben

Dr Ben Lohmeyer is a critical youth sociologist and youth worker. He is Head of Youth Work and Deputy Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tabor.

Ben’s research interests include youth, governance, violence (personal, structural and neoliberal) and youth work practice.

Ben has worked in across a range of youth work settings including alternative education, alternative accommodation and peacebuilding. He has experience in facilitating restorative justice processes, designing and facilitating peacebuilding programs as well as grant and policy writing.

Ben completed his PhD in Sociology at Flinders University in 2018 focussing on youth and neoliberal violence. He also has a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Major: Youth Work, Minor: Counselling) from Tabor.

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Subjects Taught

Social Policy and Social Change
Theory & Practice of Youth Work
Introduction to Sociology

Recent Publications

Lohmeyer, B. A. 2019. “Informal Educational Infrastructure: Citizenship Formation, Informal Education, and Youth Work Practice.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education, edited by Andrew Peterson, Garth Stahl and Hannah Soong, 1-15. Cham: Springer International Publishing

Lohmeyer, B. A. 2018. Youth as an artefact of governing violence: violence to young people shapes violence by young people. Current Sociology, 66(7), 1070-1086. doi:10.1177/0011392117738040

Lohmeyer, B. A. 2017. “Youth and their workers: the interacting subjectification effects of neoliberal social policy and NGO practice frameworks.”  Journal of Youth Studies 20 (12):1263-1276. doi: 10.1080/13676261.2017.1321109.

You can contact Dr. Ben on (08) 8373 8777


  • Head of Youth Work
  • Deputy Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences


  • Ben is the father of the first girl in three generations of Lohmeyers
  • Interested in rock climbing, surfing, mountain biking, hiking - especially when it's wet and raining!



  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (Youth Work)