Born in Lancashire, England, Ken emigrated with his wife, Jean, in 1959 to Australia where he became naturalised. Since then he has helped to populate that country to the tune of 4 children, 14 grandchildren and (to date) 1 great grandson. In 1961 playing cricket for Circular Head in Tasmania he took 9 wickets for 9 runs; in 1962 he scored 49 not out for a Salisbury eleven in South Australia. A cricket tragic, he never rose above grade level. As a compensation, in June 2012 he was presented with an award by the Australian National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) ' in recognition of a lifetime's work dedicated to reducing bullying and enhancing the wellbeing of young people.'
Professionally, Ken Rigby, PhD., is an Adjunct Professor (Research) in the School of Education and the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia. He is a long term member of the National (Australian) Centre against Bullying (NCAB - See www.ncab.org.au). After completing an Honours degree in Economics and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Leicester, England, he taught in high schools for ten years, first in Essex, England; then in Tasmania and South Australia. He gained a PhD in Psychology at the University of Adelaide and was registered as a psychologist in South Australia. From 1969 to 1996, he was employed as a lecturer in psychology and research methods at the University of South Australia.
His work has focused mainly on bullying in schools. He undertakes research, provides workshops for teachers and parents, speaks at conferences, periodically acts as a consultant for government bodies and produces books, questionnaires, DVDs and podcast on bullying designed to assist teachers and parents. Since 1990 he has contributed more than 100 publications addressing different aspects of the study.
In June, 2020 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) 'for services to Education and the well-being of young people.'
Some of his views on bullying are expressed in two videos.
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