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Professor Melanie Nind BEd, PhD

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Melanie Nind, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, is Professor of Education at the University of Southampton. She is also Director of the Centre for Research in Inclusion in the Southampton Education School. Melanie is one of the co-directors of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods where she leads research on the pedagogy of research methods learning. She is co-editor of the International Journal of Research and Method in Education and on the international advisory or editorial boards for the British Journal of Learning Disabilities, European Journal of Special Needs Education and Disability and Society. Her recent research projects have focused on pedagogy and innovation in research methods and on quality in inclusive research. Melanie edits the Bloomsbury Research Methods for Education book series.

Melanie began her teaching career in special schools as a teacher of students with severe and complex learning difficulties. It is here that she developed and evaluated the teaching approach of Intensive Interaction for which she is best known. She has also taught in further education colleges where she has coordinated support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. In higher education she has worked as an associate research fellow in the Centre for Autism Studies at the University of Hertfordshire, as a senior lecturer in special education at Oxford Brookes University and at The Open University developing and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate distance learning courses in inclusive education.

Research interests

Melanie’s particular areas of interest and expertise lie in qualitative/inclusive research methodology and in the fields of interactive and inclusive pedagogy, particularly pertaining to learning disability and autism within a broad social justice framework.


Research group

Centre for Research in Inclusion

Research project(s)

The pedagogy of methodological learning (Nind)

In this research project we aim to: (i) advance an emerging pedagogical culture and content knowledge for social science research methods teaching; (ii) create a typology of pedagogical approaches for social research methods to inform policy and practice in NCRM and related investments; and (iii) develop a coherent theoretical framework for methods teaching to inform national practice.

SPIRIT (Southampton Platform for Inclusive Research and Ideas Transaction)

PRICE (Participation and Responsible Innovation in Co-Design for Exchange)

The TimeBank is a community initiated concept from our external partner Barod aimed at matching people needing and offering skills and at addressing problems associated with payment.

Towards equal and active citizenship: pushing the boundaries of participatory research with people with learning disabilities (Nind) - Dormant

Quality and capacity in inclusive research with people with learning disabilities (Nind) - Dormant

Methodological Innovation in the Social Sciences (Nind) - Dormant

Evidence-based programmes for promotion and prevention in mental health (Nind) - Dormant

Concepts of access for people with learning disabilities: towards a shared understanding (Nind) - Dormant

Parents' choice of special and inclusive early years settings (Nind) - Dormant

Experiences of young children with learning disabilities attending both special and inclusive preschools (Nind) - Dormant

Pedagogical approaches for including pupils with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms (Nind) - Dormant

Capacity building in social science research methods: Researching teaching and learning processes - Dormant

Reclaiming social care: Adults with learning disabilities seizing opportunities in the shift from day services to community lives

Key roles

  • Director of Centre for Research in Inclusion
  • Co-Director ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
  • Co-Editor of International Journal of Research & Method in Education
  • Former Faculty Director of Graduate School


  • Editorial board member for European Journal of Special Needs Education; Disability & Society, British Journal of Learning Disabilities.
  • Member of British Institute of Learning Disabilities
  • Member of British Educational Research Association
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Book Chapters





Working Paper

Research Training Provision (RTP)

PhD Students

Georgina Boorman - Enhancing resilience for girls with a label of BESD

Linda Cooper - How technology  can be employed in the primary classroom in order to inspire creative and dialogic responses

Amanda Li Hao – Introducing a musical therapy/education intervention to young children with autism in NE China

Debbie Collins - Use of digital technologies in the teaching of advanced social research methods


Professor Melanie Nind
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom Twitter: @m_nind

Room Number: 32/2057

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3556

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