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Early online

Bessell,Sharon (2021 – ahead of print), ‘Childhood and belonging over time: narratives of identity across generations on Tasmania’s east coast’, Children’s geographies,


Bessell, Sharon (2021 – ahead of print), ‘Rethinking Child Poverty’ Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. DOI: 10.1080/19452829.2021.1911969




Bessell, Sharon and Celia Vuckovic (forthcoming, accepted) ‘How child inclusive were Australia’s responses to COVID-19?, Australian Journal of Social Issues.

Bessell, Sharon (2022) ‘The impacts of COVID-19 on children in Australia: deepening poverty and inequality, Children's Geographies’, 20:4: 448-458.  DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2021.1902943

Graham, Anne, Donnah Anderson, Julia Truscott, Catharine Simmons, Nigel Patrick Thomas, Judy Cashmore & Sharon Bessell (2022): Exploring the associations between student participation, wellbeing and recognition at school, Cambridge Journal of Education, DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2022.2031886


Bessell, Sharon (forthcoming) ‘Poverty Measurement’ Elgar Encyclopedia of Development, Edward Elgar


Bessell, Sharon (forthcoming), Sustainability, Knowledge and Social Identity: Commonalities, Conflicts and Complexities in Coastal Communities in Tasmania, Australia. In Anne Trine Kjorholt, Sharon Bessell, Dympna Devine, Firouz Gaini, and Spyros Spyrou (eds), Valuing the past, sustaining the future? Exploring coastal societies,  childhood(s) and local knowledge in times of global transition, Dordrecht, Springer.

Bessell Sharon and Anne Trine Kjorholt (forthcoming), ­­­­Sustaining the future by valuing the past? Exploring social and cultural sustainability, In Anne Trine Kjorholt, Sharon Bessell, Dympna Devine, Firouz Gaini, and Spyros Spyrou (eds), Valuing the past, sustaining the future? Exploring coastal societies,  childhood(s) and local knowledge in times of global transition, Dordrecht, Springer.

Bessell, Sharon and Jan Mason (2022) ‘A child standpoint on issues of safety in public places in diverse urban localities in eastern Australia’ in Habib Tiliouine, Denise Benatuil, Maggie K. W. Lau (eds.), Handbook of Children’s Risk, Vulnerability and Quality of Life Global Perspectives, Springer.



Bessell, Sharon and Angie Bexley (2021) ‘Deepening multidimensional poverty: The impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable social groups’ in Blane Lewis and Firman Witoelar (eds.), Economic Dimensions of COVID-19 In Indonesia: Responding to the Crises’, Singapore: 



Bessell, Sharon, Clara Siagian, and Angie Bexley (2020), ‘Towards child-inclusive concepts of childhood poverty: The contribution and potential of research with children’, Children and Youth Services Review, 116: 105-118.


Bessell, Sharon (2020), ‘The Individual Deprivation Measure: A Gender-Sensitive Approach to Multidimensional Poverty Measurement’ in Marian Sawer, Fiona Jenkins and Karen Downing (eds.), How Gender Can Transform the Social Sciences, Springer International Publishing. ISBN 9783030432355; 9783030432362

Bessell, Sharon (2020), ‘Gender Targets, Quotas, and Indicators in Work, Politics, and Development’ in The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Wiley ISBN: 9781118924396| DOI: 10.1002/9781118924396



Bessell, Sharon (2019), ‘Money Matters…But So Do People: Children’s views and experiences of living in a “disadvantaged” community’, Children and Youth Services Review, 97: 59-66.

Bessell, Sharon (2019) ‘Towards a regional framework for adherence to children’s human rights in ASEAN’ in Fernand de Varennees and Christie M. Gardiner (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia, New York: Routledge.



Graham, Anne, Sharon Bessell, Elizabeth Adamson, Julia Truscott, Catharine Simmons, Nigel Thomas, Lyn Gardon & Andrew Johnson (2018) ‘Navigating the ambiguous policy landscape of student participation’, Journal of Education Policy

Bessell, Sharon (2018), The Individual Deprivation Measure: Measuring Poverty as if gender and inequality matter’ in Naila Kabeer and Caroline Sweetman (eds.) Gender and Inequalities, Warwickshire: Practical Action Publishing

Crawford, Joanne, Julia Nicholson, Sharon Bessell, Janet Hunt and Sharon McIvor (2018) ‘The Individual Deprivation Measure’, OECD (ed.), Case Studies on Leaving No One Behind: A companion volume to the Development Co-operation Report 2018, Paris: OECD Publishing



Bessell, Sharon (2017), ‘The Role of Intergenerational Relationships in Children’s Experiences of Community, Children and Society, 31(4), 263-275.

Mason, Jan and Sharon Bessell (2017), ‘Children’s Lives: Taking Account of the Social’, Children and Society, 31(4), 257-262.

Bessell, Sharon, Harriot Beazley and Roxana Waterson (2017) ‘The Methodology and Ethics of Rights-Based Research with Children’ in Antonella Invernizzi, Manfred Liebel, Brian Milne and Rebecca Budde (eds.), ‘Children Out of Place’ and Human Rights – In Memory of Judith Ennew, London: Springer

Bessell, Sharon (2017) ‘The capability approach and a child standpoint’ in H-U Otto, M. Walker and H. Ziegler (eds). Capability Promoting Policies Enhancing Individual and Social Development



Bessell, Sharon (2016), ‘Good Governance, Gender Equality and Political Representation: Ideas as Points of Disjuncture’ Kim Rubenstein and Katherine Young (eds.), En/gendering Governance: From Global to Local, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bessell, Sharon (2016), ‘Representations of Education: Competing Ideas of Rights, Empowerment and Opportunity’ in Tatek Abebe and Johanna Waters (eds.) Laboring and Learning volume 10,  in Skelton, T. (editor-in-chief) Geographies of Children and Young People, Singapore: Springer.


Bessell, Sharon (2015), ‘The Individual Deprivation Measure: measuring poverty as if gender and inequality matter, , 23:2, 223-240.

Bessell, Sharon (2015), ‘Inclusive and Respectful Relationships as the Basis for Child Inclusive Policies and Practice: The Experience of Children in Out-of-Home Care in Australia’ in Tali Gal and Benedetta Duramy (eds.), International Perspectives and Empirical Findings on Child Participation, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bessell, Sharon (2015), ‘Children: Research’, in Henk van Ten (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics, New York: Springer.

Bessell, Sharon (2015), 'Rights-based Research with Children: Principles and Practice' in Ruth Evans and Louise Holt (eds.) Methodological Approaches and Methods in Practice, volume 2,  in Skelton, T. (editor-in-chief) Geographies of Children and Young People, Singapore: Springer.

Bessell, Sharon (2015), ‘Perceptions of Risk and Safety in Public Spaces: Towards a child standpoint?’ in Claire Freeman and Paul Tranter (eds.) Risk, Protection, Provision and Policy volume 12,  in Skelton, T. (editor-in-chief) Geographies of Children and Young People, Singapore: Springer.



Abebe, Tatek and Sharon Bessell (2014), ‘Advancing Ethical Research with Children: Critical Reflections on Ethical Guidelines’, Children’s Geographies, 12(1), 126-133

Beazley, Harriot, Sharon Bessell and Roxana Waterson (2014), ‘Sustaining the Energy: A celebration of the life of Judith Ennew’, Children’s Geographies, 12(1), 118-125

Crawford, Joanne, Sharon Bessell and Janet Hunt (2014), ‘The future of poverty measurement: Introducing the Individual Deprivation Measure’, Development Bulletin, No. 76, August, pp. 16-21.

Bessell, Sharon (2014), ‘Betrayal and Broken Ties: British Child Migrants to Australia, Citizenship and Identity’ in Jenkins, Fiona, Rubenstein, Kim and Nolan, Mark (eds) Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World (Cambridge University Press).



Bessell, Sharon (2013), Child-Centred Research Workshops: A model for participatory, rights-based engagement with children, Developing Practice, Number 37



Abebe, Tatek and Sharon Bessell (2011), ‘Dominant Discourses, Debates and Silences on Child Labour in Africa and Asia’, Third World Quarterly, Volume 32 (4), May 2011, pp. 765-786

Bessell, Sharon (2011), ‘Participation in Decision-making in Out-of-Home Care in Australia: What Do Young People Say?;, Children and Youth Services Review, Volume 33 (4), April, pp. 496-501


Bessell, Sharon (2011), ‘Influencing International Child Labour Policy: The Potential and Limits of Children-Centred Research’, Children and Youth Services Review, Volume 33 (4), April, pp. 564-568.


Beazley, H., Bessell, S., Ennew, J. & Waterson, R. (2011) ‘How are the human rights of children related to research methodology?’ Chapter 8 in Williams, J. & Invernizzi, A. Children’s Rights: revisiting visions, assessing progress, rethinking implementation (Ashgate, Oxford), pp. 159-178. ISBN 978-4094-0531-3



Bessell, Sharon (2010), ‘Do Rights Make a Difference?  The Evolution of Policy for Children in Out-of-Home Care in Australia’ in Ann Nevile (ed.), Human Rights and Social Policy, Edward Elgar.

Bessell, Sharon (2010), ‘Affirmative Action in Parties and Elections: How Effective is it?’ in Edward Aspinall and Marcus Mietzner (eds.), Democracy in Practice: Campaigns, Parties and Parliaments, ISEAS, Singapore.

Bessell, Sharon (2010), ‘Methodologies for Gender-sensitive and Pro-poor Poverty Measures’ in Sylvia Chant (ed.) International Handbook on Gender and Poverty, Edward Elgar.



Bessell, Sharon (2009), ‘Strengthening Fiji’s Education System: A view from key stakeholders’, Pacific Economic Bulletin, 24(2).

Bessell, Sharon (2009), ‘Indonesian Children’s Views and Experiences of Work and Poverty’, Social Policy and Society, 8(4).

Bessell, Sharon and Tali Gal (2009), ‘Forming Partnerships: The Human Rights of Children in Need of Care and Protection’,  International Journal of Children’s Rights, 17.

Bessell, Sharon (2009), ‘Children’s Participation in Decision-Making in the Philippines: Understanding the attitudes of policy-makers and service providers’, Childhood, 16(3).

Beazley, Harriot, Sharon Bessell, Judith Ennew and Roxana Waterson (2009), ‘Editorial: the right to be properly researched - research with children in a messy, real world’, Children’s Geographies, 7(4).

Bessell, Sharon (2009), ‘Research with Children: Thinking about Method and Methodology’ in Involving Children in Research, ARACY and the NSW Commission for Children, Sydney.

Bessell, Sharon (2009), ‘Child Labor in Indonesia’ in Hugh Hindman (ed.), The World of Child Labor: An Historical and Regional Survey, M. E. Sharpe, Armonk  NY.


Earlier Publications

Bessell, Sharon (2006), ‘Ethical Research with Children: The Time for Debate is Now’, Children, Communities Families Australia, 1(1).


Bessell, Sharon (1999), ‘The Politics of Child Labour in Indonesia: Global Trends and Domestic Policy’, Pacific Affairs, 72(3).


Blackburn Susan and Sharon Bessell (1997), ‘Marriageable Age: The Politics of Early Marriage in Twentieth Century Indonesia’, Indonesia, 63, April.


Bessell, Sharon and Lynette Petueli (2007), ‘Fiji’ in Jyotsna Pattnaik (ed.) The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children’s Issues Worldwide, Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport.


Bessell, Sharon (2007), ‘Children, Welfare and Protection: A New Policy Framework?’ in Ross McLeod and Andrew MacIntyre (eds.), Democracy and the Promise of Good Governance, ISEAS, Singapore.


Bessell, Sharon (2005), ‘Women in Parliament in Indonesia: Denied a Share of Power’ in Manon Tremblay and Yvonne Gallagher (eds.), Sharing in Power: Women in Parliaments in Transitional and Developing Counties, Aldershot, Ashgate.


Bessell, Sharon (2000), ‘Social Cohesion and Conflict Management: Rethinking the Issues through a Gender Sensitive Lens’ in Nat Colletta (ed.), Social Cohesion and Conflict Management in Asia, World Bank/Asian Development Bank, Washington, 2000.


Beazley, Harriot, Sharon Bessell, Judith Ennew and Roxanna Waterson (2006), What Children Say: Results of Comparative Research on Physical and Emotional Punishment of Children in Southeast Asia and the Pacific , Save the Children Sweden, Bangkok.


Robinson, Kathy and Sharon Bessell (2002), Women, Gender and Development in Indonesia, ISEAS, Singapore.


Thomas, Pamela and Sharon Bessell (1999), Education for Sustainable Development, The Development Studies Network, Canberra.

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