Megan Blaxland

Research Fellow
Lecturer

Dr Megan Blaxland has been a researcher at the Social Policy Research Centre since 2007. Her research interest is in Australian and comparative family policy analysis. Her research experience has included projects on income support programs for families; early childhood education and care, particularly family day care; and policies to support the competing work and family commitments of families. Dr Blaxland also has expertise in Chinese social policy.


Research Summary

Family policy, low income families, social security and income support, early childhood education and care, child care, family day care, unpaid care work.

Book Chapters
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Blaxland M; Shang X; Fisher KR, 2018, 'Women and care in China', in Shaver S (ed.), Handbook of Gender and Social Policy, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 430 - 447, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781785367168
2018
Galea NR; Rogan A; Blaxland M; Powell A; Chappell L; Dainty A; Loosemore M, 2017, 'A new approach to studying gender in construction', in Emuze F; Smallwood J (ed.), Valuing People in Construction, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 113 - 129, https://www.routledge.com/Valuing-People-in-Construction/Emuze-Smallwood/p/book/9781138208216
2017
Fisher KR; Shang X; Blaxland M, 2017, 'Disability and welfare services', in Carillo B; Hood J; Kadeza P (ed.), Handbook of Welfare in China, Edward Elgar, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781783472741
2017
Blaxland M, 2010, 'Mothers and mutual obligation: policy reforming the good mother', in Goodwin S; Huppatz K (ed.), The Good Mother: Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia, Sydney University Press, Sydney, pp. 131 - 151, http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781920899530
2010
Conference Papers
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Loosemore M; Powell A; Blaxland M; Galea N; Dainty A; Chappell L, 2015, 'Rapid Ethnography in Construction Gender Research', in Raiden AB; Aboagye-Nimo E (ed.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, Association of Researchers in Construction, Lincoln, UK, pp. 1271 - 1280, presented at 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, Lincoln, UK, 07 September 2015 - 09 September 2015, http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/dc4c21ee09164587bbefd953e423d7a3.pdf
2015
Blaxland M, 2009, 'Welfare to work activity agreements, or how to reduce mothers’ autonomy by requiring they do what they are already doing', in Proceedings from the ASPC, SPRC, UNSW, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, 08 July 2009 - 10 July 2009, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Paper300.pdf
2009
Smyth C; Cass B; Blaxland M, 2008, 'So that’s how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life.’ Identifying and supporting hidden young carers', in So that’s how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life.’ Identifying and supporting hidden young carers, Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, presented at Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, -
2008
Conference Presentations
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Skattebol J; Blaxland M; Purcal C; Brennan D, 2009, 'Integrated services: voices and silences from Australian history', presented at NIFeTY, Melbourne, 01 February 2009
2009
Smyth C; Cass B; Blaxland M, 2008, 'So that’s how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life.’ Identifying and supporting hidden young carers', presented at Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 09 July 2008 - 11 July 2008
2008
Journal articles
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Robinson S; Blaxland M; Fisher K; Johnson K; Kuang C; Graham A; Neale K, 2020, 'Recognition in relationships between young people with cognitive disabilities and support workers', Children and Youth Services Review
2020
Pan R; Mao L; He N; Zhang J; Chen K; Liao C; Tang X; Gong X; Blaxland M; De Wit J, 2015, 'Factors associated with establishment-based female sex workers accessing health care services in Shanghai', AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, vol. 27, pp. 688 - 692, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2015.1005004
2015
Zhong L; Blaxland M; Zuo T, 2015, 'Without Rice, Even the Cleverest Housewife Cannot Cook: Sustainable Livelihoods Research in a Poor Chinese Village', Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 9, pp. 3 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aswp.12046
2015
Blaxland M; Fisher KR; Shang X, 2015, 'Transitional and Developmental Challenges for Chinese Social Policy', Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 9, pp. 1 - 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aswp.12047
2015
Blaxland M; Shang X; Fisher KR, 2014, 'People Oriented: a New Stage of Social Welfare Development in China', Journal of Social Service Research, vol. 40, pp. 508 - 519, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2014.923801
2014
Blaxland M, 2013, 'Street-level Interpellation: How Government Addresses Mothers Claiming Income Support', Journal of Social Policy, vol. 42, pp. 783 - 797, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279413000305
2013
Fisher KR; Shang X; Blaxland M, 2011, 'Review Article: human rights based social policies challenges for China', Social Policy and Society, vol. 10, pp. 71 - 77, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000400
2011
Fisher KR; Shang X; Blaxland M, 2011, 'Introduction: moving towards human rights based social policies in China', Social Policy and Society, vol. 10, pp. 67 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000394
2011
Smyth C; Blaxland M; Cass B, 2011, ''So that's how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life'. Identifying and supporting hidden young carers', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 14, pp. 145 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2010.506524
2011
Craig L; Mullan K; Blaxland M, 2010, 'Parenthood, policy and work-family time in Australia 1992--2006', Work Employment and Society, vol. 24, pp. 27 - 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017009353778
2010
Cass B; Blaxland M; Smyth C, 2008, '‘So that’s how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life.’ Identifying and supporting hidden young carers', Family Tax Benefit Part B: Where to from here?, vol. 14, pp. 145 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2010.506524
2008
Other
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Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2020, Dataset - Australian Community Sector Survey 2019, Australian Data Archive, http://dx.doi.org/10.26193/4MBHST
2020
Cortis N; Blaxland M; Breckenridge J; valentine K, 2020, Datasets - National Survey of the Family and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Workforces Dataverse, https://dataverse.ada.edu.au/dataverse/fdvsaw
2020
Reports
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Li B; Shang X; Cui Y; Blaxland M, 2020, Migration, urbanisation, climate change and children in China—issues from child rights perspective, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5ea7aa6432d2c
2020
Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; valentine K; MacAndrew S, 2020, Education: Stories of resourcefulness, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e5496264ccdd
2020
Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; MacAndrew S, 2020, Housing: Stories of resourcefulness, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e5496d176054
2020
Blaxland M; Fisher K; Purcal C; Robinson S; Frances QF; Pearson Gotting M; Kayess R, 2020, National Disability Insurance Scheme: People who self manage their NDIS plan, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5f56b3c1d3c0d, https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/documents/Plan%20management%20types%20analysis%20-%2031%20August%202020docx.pdf
2020
Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; valentine K; MacAndrew S, 2020, Aftercare: Stories of resourcefulness, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e5495e950acc
2020
Thomson C; Blaxland M; Skattebol J; Hamilton M; valentine K, 2020, Stories of housing and home: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e57337b739e0
2020
Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2020, The profile and pulse of the sector: Findings from the 2019 Australian Community Sector Survey, ACOSS, Sydney, https://www.acoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-ACSS.pdf
2020
Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2020, Challenges for Australia’s Community Sector: ERO supplementation, fair funding for fair pay, ACOSS, Sydney
2020
Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2019, Demand for Community Services Snapshot 2019, ACOSS, Sydney
2019
Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; valentine K, 2019, Stories of aftercare services and support needs after leaving care: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 11/19, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5ce5ed1459df0
2019
Blaxland M; Skattebol J; Thomson C; Hamilton M; valentine K, 2019, Stories of educational engagement among young people with complex needs: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5dba2942b3cbe
2019
Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2019, Training and workforce development in Specialist Homelessness Services, SPRC, UNSW Sydney
2019
Cortis N; Blaxland M; Breckenridge J; valentine K; Mahoney N; Chung D; Cordier R; Chen Y; Green D, 2018, National Survey of Workers in the Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Sectors, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5b5ab1c0e110f
2018
Robinson S; Graham A; Fisher KR; Meltzer A; Blaxland M; Johnson K, 2017, Preventing abuse and promoting personal safety in young people with disability, https://rcypd.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FINAL-Preventing-Abuse-Report.pdf
2017
Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2017, Workforce Issues in the NSW Community Services Sector, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, 07/17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/59598d047c984
2017
Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2017, Workforce Issues in Specialist Homelessness Services, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, 08/17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/592628989f0ab
2017
Blaxland M; Adamson E, 2017, Comparative Perspectives on Family Day Care: Structure, Regulation, and Research Gaps, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, 06/17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/590152eadb59f, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Comparative_Perspectives_final.pdf
2017
Blaxland M; Adamson EA; Cortis N, 2016, Perspectives on quality in Australian family day care, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report, 01/16, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Perspectives_on_quality_in_Australian_family_day_care__Final_report.pdf, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/unsworks_38896
2016
Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2016, The State of the Community Service Sector in the Australian Capital Territory, 2016, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 19/16, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/State_of_the_community_service_sector_in_ACT_2016_FINAL.pdf, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/unsworks_42414
2016
Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2016, The State of Tasmania’s Community Service Sector, 2015, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/The_State_of_Tasmanias_Community_Service_Sector_2015__FINAL.pdf
2016
Thompson A; Blaxland M; valentine K; Sawrikar P, 2015, Co-design and Family Agency Capacity Research Project: Final Report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 1/2015, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/SPRC_Report__Codesign_and_Family_Agency_Capacity.pdf
2015
Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2015, State of the Community Service Sector in NSW 2015, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 07/2015, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/SPRC_Report__State_of_the_Community_Service_Sector_in_NSW_2015.pdf, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/unsworks_38147
2015
Cortis N; Blaxland M, 2014, The state of the community service sector in New South Wales 2014, UNSW, Council of Social Service of New South Wales, SPRC Report, 4/2014, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/State_of_the_community_service_sector_in_NSW_2014.pdf, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/unsworks_39292
2014
Cortis N; Blaxland, M ; Brennan, D ; Adamson, E , 2014, Family Day Care at the Crossroads: Quality and Sustainability in Uncertain Times, Social Policy Research Centre, NSW Family Day Care Association, 24/2014, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Family_Day_Care_at_the_crossroads_2014.pdf, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/unsworks_39280
2014
Jenkins BL; Blaxland M; Adamson E; Brennan D; Purcal C; Skattebol J, 2014, Insights into child care and early education: Dandenong and surrounds, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report Series, 5/2014, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Insights_into_child_care_and_early_education__Dandenong.pdf
2014
Skattebol J; Blaxland M; Brennan D; Adamson E; Purcal C; Hill T; Jenkins B; Williams F, 2014, Families at the Centre: What do low income families say about care and education for their young children?, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report Series, SPRC 28/14, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/2014_Families_at_the_Centre__What_do_low_income_families_say.pdf
2014
Jenkins BL; Adamson E; Blaxland M; Brennan D; Purcal C; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into child care and early education: Fitzroy, 23/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Insights_into_child_care_and_early_education__Fitzroy.pdf
2013
Purcal C; Adamson E; Brennan D; Blaxland M; Jenkins BL; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into child care and early education: Caboolture, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report Series, 21/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Insights_into_child_care_and_early_education__Caboolture.pdf
2013
Purcal C; Adamson E; Blaxland M; Brennan D; Jenkins BL; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into child care and early education: Marrickville, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, 24/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Insights_into_child_care_and_early_education__Marrickville.pdf
2013
Adamson E; Brennan D; Blaxland M; Jenkins BL; Purcal C; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into early child care and education: Elizabeth Grove, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Insights_into_child_care_and_early_education__ElizabethGrove.pdf
2013
Blaxland M; Mullan K; Craig L, 2009, Australian Work and Family Policy 1992-2006, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, 3/09, https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/2009_Report3_09_Work_and_Family_Policy.pdf
2009
Cass B; Smyth C; Hill T; Blaxland M; Hamilton M, 2009, Young carers in Australia: understanding the advantages and disadvantages of their care giving, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, Social Policy Research Paper, 38, https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/05_2012/sprp_38.pdf
2009
Brennan D; Blaxland M; Tannous K, 2009, A Strategic Assessment of the Children’s Services Industry, Government of South Australia, Adelaide, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report_StrategicAssessmentofChildrensServicesIndustry.pdf
2009
Blaxland M, 2005, Mutual obligation for Australian parents in receipt of income support, One Parent Families United Kingdom
2005
Blaxland M, 2005, Australian and British Welfare to Work Programmes for Parents, One Parent Families, United Kingdom
2005
Working Papers
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Brennan DJ; Press F; Blaxland M; Purcal C; Ner S, 2008, Building an International Research Collaboration in Early Childhood Education and Care: Background Materials for a Workshop Funded by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), SPRC, UNSW, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org
2008

Social policy especially family policy, early childhood education and care, child care, family day care.