David MacKenzie is Chief Investigator with the CCI and an Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University. He is also honorary Executive-Director of the not-for-profit organisation Youth Development Australia (YDA).
David has a strong record of research and development on issues associated with youth policy, and is internationally recognised for his work on homelessness. He is co-author of Youth Homelessness: Early Intervention and Prevention (1998), which outlines an early intervention policy perspective for a deeply coordinated community infrastructure of services and schools. He also co-authored the report Indigenous Homelessness in Victoria.
Over the past 10 years, he has served on a number of government advisory committees and taskforces. He is the initiator and a principal investigator of the CCI-funded Youthworx project, and one of the four Commissioners responsible for the National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness.