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Personal Statement

Zinnia Mevawalla is a Lecturer in Early Years Education at the School of Education. Zinnia has previously worked across institutions in Australia (University of Canberra, Macquarie University and Sydney University) and the United Kingdom (University of East London).

Zinnia is interested in understanding how initiatives and practices in the early years can foster participation, inclusion and equity for children, families/caregivers and communities. There are five central themes to her work: Social Inclusion in Early Childhood, Inclusive Education in Early Childhood, Social Justice in the Early Years, Resistance and Dignity Work in the Early Years and Critical Qualitative Research Approaches.

Research Interests

Zinnia is interested in understanding how initiatives and practices in the early years can foster social inclusion for children, families/caregivers and communities. Using critical and resistance theories, her work focuses on listening to children, families/caregivers and community stakeholders who experience systematic exclusion in diverse international contexts. Her focus is on research which examines barriers and the potential for inclusion, equity, participation and transformative resistance. Zinnia is also interested in research which explores how educators, transdisciplinary professionals and community stakeholders work across early childhood contexts to support children and families/caregivers who experience social exclusion.

Teaching Interests

Zinnia teaches Early Years subjects across the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the School of Education. She is also involved in the supervision of PGR students.

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • PhD in Early Childhood Education - Macquarie University, Australia
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)(Hons)(1st class) - Macquarie University, Australia 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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