Prof. Joanne Cassar

Prof. Joanne Cassar

Prof. Joanne Cassar


Associate Professor

Room 204
Binja Cassar Pullicino
Youth & Community Studies
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3414
Dr Joanne Cassar joined the department of Youth and Community Studies at the University of Malta in 2009 after teaching in other higher education institutions for 17 years. Her doctoral studies focused on adolescent girls' conceptualisations of different aspects of sexualities expressed covertly at school. In recent years she continued to develop her research interests in gender, sexual identities, the formation of masculinities and femininities, body image and sexuality education in formal and hidden curricula. Her academic publications revolve around the notion of young people's sexualities as social, discursive and materialist constructs, which reflect the myriad ways sexual behaviours are perceived and acted out. A number of her publications also examine the notion of belonging and voice in relation to refugees. Dr. Cassar has carried out various research projects about young people on a local level as well as in collaboration with other European and international research partners. She is also one of the authors of the Maltese National Youth Policy.
  • Adolescent Sexuality
  • Sexual Identities
  • Sexuality Education
  • Body Image
  • Gender Studies

Cassar, J. 2013, "How can I lose my shyness…? The exploration of self-knowledge through peer mediated articulations" in Youth Responding to lives: An International Handbook, ed. A. Azzopardi, Sense Publishers, London, pp. 245-258.

Clark, M. & Cassar, J. 2013, Leisure trends among young people in Malta, Office of the Commissioner for Children and Agenzija Zghazagh, Malta.

Cassar, J. 2012, "Living in different worlds and learning all about it: Migration narratives in perspective" in International Handbook On Migration, Minorities, and Education - Understanding Cultural and Social Differences in Processes of Learning, eds. Z. Bekerman & T. Geisen, Springer, Netherlands, pp. 153-168.

Galea, S., Attard Tonna, M. & Cassar, J. 2011, "Young migrant women in the making: Educational experiences in Maltese secondary school" in Young Migrant Women in Secondary Education: Promoting Integration and Mutual Understanding through Dialogue and Exchange, ed. The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, University of Nicosia Press, Nicosia, pp. 87-124.

Cassar, J. 2010, "Milani - Harsa 'l Quddiem b' Lura" in Lorenzo Milani. Bejn Ilbierah u Llum, ed. C. Borg, Horizons, Malta, pp. 379-388.

Cassar, J. 2009, "Being a lesbian is no sin: Religion, sexuality and education in the lives of female students", Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 45-67.

Cassar, J. 2007, "Unveiling Desires: Adolescents' hidden graffiti about sexualities and romantic relationships in schooled settings", International Journal of the Humanities, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 179-184.

Cassar, J. 2004, "Religion" in Sociological Aspects of the Maltese Islands, eds. G. Cassar & J. Cutajar, Indigo, Malta, pp. 77-99.