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Research interests

  • Australian history
  • Childhood
  • Children's rights
  • Feminism
  • Gender history
  • Girl studies
  • Social movements


Dr Isobelle Barrett Meyering joined Macquarie University in 2018. Her current research project, ‘Contested Childhoods: A History of Children’s Rights in Australia (1959-2013)’, explores how debates over children’s rights have shaped political, social and cultural life across a period of almost sixty years.

Isobelle's previous research focused on the history of Australian feminism, childhood and the family. Her PhD, which she completed at UNSW in 2017, examined ‘children’s liberation’ as a component of Australian feminist politics in the 1970s. She has published work on a range of aspects of Australian feminism, including feminist parenting practices, lifestyle politics and backlash movements.

Prior to joining Macquarie University, Isobelle taught in history and gender studies at UNSW. She also worked as a research assistant at the University of Wollongong (2016-2017) and the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse (2009-2013).

Isobelle is currently the secretary of Oral History New South Wales and a member of the Children’s Research Network at Macquarie University. She was also a founding member of the editorial collective for History in the Making, a national online journal for history students first published in 2012.

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, The University of New South Wales

Award Date: 21 Jun 2017

External positions

Course Convenor, The University of New South Wales


Research Assistant, University of Wollongong


Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, The University of New South Wales


Research Assistant, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, UNSW Sydney



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