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Dr Rebecca Barlow





Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Rebecca has dedicated her academic and professional life to the study and promotion of women's empowerment, specialising in women's leadership. Rebecca is a published author with Melbourne University Publishing, Routledge, and in a range of academic journals for the humanities, including Human Rights Quarterly and Oxford's Journal of Human Rights Practice. Since 2017 Rebecca has led the design, implementation, and evaluation of leadership courses for senior women leaders from Indonesia for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In 2007 Rebecca was one of only four early career researchers selected globally to act as Rapporteur at the Nobel Women's Initiative's first international conference Women Redefining Peace in the Middle East and Beyond (Galway, Ireland).

Outside academia, Rebecca has worked for the Victorian Local Governance Association, where she played a key role in the production of From Compliance to Culture: A Toolkit for Local Governments to Implement the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. She has also interned and acted as Consultant for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Gender, Human Rights and Culture Branch, where she worked with a team to implement the United Nations Global Forum of Faith-based Organisations in Population and Development (Istanbul, Turkey, 2008).

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Knowledge areas

Human rights

Women's leadership

The United Nations treaty system


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Iran's Feminist School in the Diaspora: Dynamics of Decline and Demobilization

S Nasirpour, R Barlow, S Akbarzadeh

(2022), pp. 1-24, Development and Change, London, England, C1

journal article

Registered NGOs and advocacy for women in Iran

S Akbarzadeh, R Barlow, S Nasirpour

(2021), Vol. 42, pp. 1475-1488, Third World Quarterly, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Leadership for Senior Multi-Faith Women Leaders 2019.

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Rebecca Barlow

DFAT Tender - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • 2019: $262,125

Leadership for Senior Multi-Faith Women Leaders.

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Rebecca Barlow

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade DFAT

  • 2022: $47,966
  • 2021: $20,000
  • 2020: $75,183


Associate Supervisor

Neda Zeyghami

Thesis entitled: Continuity and change in Iran's foreign policy towards Russia

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Azadeh Davachi

Thesis entitled: A Study of Multiculturalism and Feminism in the Lives of Iranian Feminists in Australia

Master of Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences