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Dr Jane Merewether

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Contact Information Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML17109
Staff Member Details
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17109  


Jane is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Education.


Drawing on over 18 years as an early childhood teacher and a long-term engagement with the educational project of Reggio Emilia, Italy, Jane’s research explores children’s common world relations and the entanglements of childhood studies, early childhood education, feminist new materialisms, and environmental humanities. Jane is particularly interested in exploring children’s propensity to ascribe liveliness to the nonhumans they encounter.

Professional associations

  • Western Australian Institute for Educational Research, WAIER (Member)
  • European Early Childhood Education Research Association, EECERA (Member)
  • Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange, REAIE (Member)
  • Perth Reggio Network (Convenor)
  • North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, NAREA (Member)
  • Early Childhood Australia, ECA (Member)

Awards and recognition

National and International research awards

  • 2018 - Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences HDR Excellence Award
  • 2012 - Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Postgraduate Studies

Research areas and interests

  • Early years education
  • Feminist environmental humanities
  • Common worlding pedagogies
  • The educational project of Reggio Emilia


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University, 2018.
  • Master of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, 2012.
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary Ed) with Distinction, University of Notre Dame Australia, 2006.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, Edith Cowan University, 1994.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Buckley, A., Merewether, J., Tye, M., Giamminuti, S., Kuzich, S., (2019), A co-inquiry journey into early childhood settings: A rapid appraisal approach for the joint construction of knowledge. Visual spatial enquiry: Diagrams and metaphors for architects and spatial thinkers, 47-61, London, UK, Routledge.
  • Merewether, J., (2017), Making the outdoors visible in pedagogical documentation. Pedagogical documentation in early years practice: Seeing through multiple perspectives, 131-145, London, UK, SAGE Publications Ltd.

Journal Articles

  • Merewether, J., (2019), New materialisms and children’s outdoor environments: Murmurative diffractions. Children's Geographies, 17(1), 105-117, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2018.1471449.
  • Merewether, J., (2019), Listening with young children: Enchanted animism of trees, rocks, clouds (and other things). Pedagogy Culture and Society, 27(2), 233-250, DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2018.1460617.
  • Merewether, J., (2018), Listening to young children outdoors with pedagogical documentation. International Journal of Early Years Education, 26(3), 259-277, DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2017.1421525.
  • Giamminuti, S., Merewether, J., Tye, M., Buckley, A., Kuzich, S., (2016), Spaces to Play, Places to Meet: Welcoming Young Children in Regional Western Australian Towns. Children, Youth and Environments, 26(2), 9-27, DOI: 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.26.2.0009.
  • Giamminuti, S., Tye, M., Buckley, A., Merewether, J., Kuzich, S., (2015), Narratives of childhood in regional Western Australian towns: A trajectory of hope and collective wisdom for landmark reforms. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(3), 89-96, Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc..
  • Merewether, J., (2015), Young children’s perspectives of outdoor learning spaces: What matters?. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(1), 99-108, Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc..
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