Dr Zinnia Mevawalla



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.


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


Critical Consciousness, Social Justice and Resistance : The Experiences of Young Children Living on the Streets in India
Mevawalla Zinnia
Education and Struggle Education and Struggle (2020)
Generative listening : using arts-based inquiry to investigate young children’s perspectives of inclusion, exclusion and disability
Cologon Kathy, Cologon Timothy, Mevawalla Zinnia, Niland Amanda
Journal of Early Childhood Research Vol 17, pp. 54-69 (2019)
The 'troublemakers'
Mevawalla Zinnia
Multiple Early Childhood Identities (2019) (2019)
Increasing inclusion in early childhood : key word sign as a communication partner intervention
Cologon Kathy, Mevawalla Zinnia
International Journal of Inclusive Education Vol 22, pp. 902-920 (2018)
Behaviour as communication : counter-stories of resistance and dignity work
Mevawalla Zinnia, Cologon Kathy, Hayden Jacqueline, Hadley Fay
Equity and Excellence in Education (2021)
Keeping children safe in out of school hours care. Perceptions of staff and managers of one provider in Sydney, Australia
Hadley Fay, Waniganayake Manjula, Mevawalla Zinnia, Jones Catherine, Blythin Suzanne, Beauchamp Diana
Child Abuse Review Vol 30, pp. 318-331 (2021)

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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.

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.

Professional activities

Early Childhood Australia Events Connect
Keynote/plenary speaker
How can we advocate for infants and toddlers rights to learn and thrive?

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