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Dr Jane Merewether

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Staff Member Details
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.109  

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.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

  • Merewether, J. (2020). Enchanted animism: A matter of care. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2020(Article in press), 1-12.
  • Giamminuti, S., Merewether, J., Blaise, M. (2020). Aesthetic-ethico-political movements in professional learning: encounters with feminist new materialisms and Reggio Emilia in early childhood research. Professional Development in Education, 2020(Article in press), 1-14.

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). Routledge.

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Merewether, J. (2017). Making the outdoors visible in pedagogical documentation. Pedagogical documentation in early years practice: Seeing through multiple perspectives (131-145). SAGE Publications Ltd.

Journal Articles

  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • Merewether, J. (2015). Young children’s perspectives of outdoor learning spaces: What matters?. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(1), 99-108.

Journal Articles

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Education, String figuring as methodology: Noticing and engaging 'down the back' in early childhood
  • Master of Education, Paying attention to water relations: Pedagogical documentation and poetic inquiry as curious practices
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Experimentations and worldings: Radical relationality and early childhood pedagogy
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Teacher educators' curriculum design: Preparing preservice teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse learners
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