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Professor Melanie Nind elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Published: 29 August 2019
Melanie Nind, Professor of Educatio
Melanie Nind, Professor of Education

Melanie Nind, Professor of Education, has been conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, recognised for the excellence and impact of her work at the forefront of research in the field of Education.

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences, with the mission of promoting the discipline in the United Kingdom for the benefits of the public.

Melanie’s innovative work has explored positively intervening in the development and lives of people with learning difficulties, through “Intensive Interaction”. Melanie pioneered and researched this approach during her early teaching career in special schools, teaching students with severe and complex learning difficulties. The impact of this has been global.

It was great to be nominated for the Academy by people I hold in high esteem. I’m delighted to have my work recognised, not just the early underpinning research, but the way it has led into moving the fields of inclusive education and inclusive research forward.

Her particular areas of interest and expertise lie in the relationship between inclusive pedagogy and inclusive research, particularly pertaining to learning disability and autism within a broad social justice framework. Melanie also leads research on the pedagogy of research methods learning as co-director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and she is Director of the Centre for Research in Inclusion in the Southampton Education School. Melanie also edits the Bloomsbury Research Methods for Education book series, co-edits the International Journal of Research and Method in Education, and is on the international advisory or editorial boards for the British Journal of Learning Disabilities, the European Journal of Special Needs Education and Disability and Society.



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