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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 Deputy Director of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership and 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 has been conferred with gold membership of the Asian Qualitative Research Association, for support of qualitative research development, and with an honorary doctorate from VID, Norway, for her contribution to science. She editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Learning Disabilities, past editor of International Journal of Research & Method in Education and on the editorial boards of 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.

Key roles


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. Her most recent research has focused on informal learning for adults with learning disabilities in a changing landscape of social care, teaching and learning of advanced social research methods, and quality and capacity-building in inclusive research. She is developing new research on belonging and inclusive spaces.


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

National Centre for Research Methods

Changing Research Practice: Undertaking social science research in the context of Covid-19

Key roles

  • Director of Centre for Research in Inclusion (SEdS)
  • Co-Director, ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
  • Editor-in-chief, British Journal of Learning Disabilities
  • Editor, Bloomsbury Research Methods for Education book series
  • Impact Acceleration Award peer review group (FSS)
  • Former Faculty Director of Graduate School
    • Former visiting professor, Newcastle University
    • Co-convenor Qualitative Expertise at Southampton (QUEST) seminar series
    • University of Southampton ESRC Demand Management Group


  • Editorial board member for European Journal of Special Needs Education; Disability & Society, International Journal of Research & Method in Education
  • Member ESRC Peer Review College
  • Member of British Institute of Learning Disabilities
  • Member of British Educational Research Association
  • Advisor, Network for Inclusive Research including Persons with Intellectual Disability, Norway
  • Advisory Group Member, Greater Manchester Growing Older with Learning Disability
  • Advisory group member, LASSIE - Linwood and Sigma Supporting Inclusive Education
  • Member, UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab
  • Member, Social History of Learning Disability Research Group
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Working Papers

PhD - Research Training Provision (RTP)

MSc - Inclusive Practices in Education EDUC6485

BSc - Special Education Needs EDUC1042

PhD Students

  • Debbie Collins - Use of digital technologies in the teaching of advanced social research methods
  • Abigail Croydon – Finding an alternative way to work: the social inclusion and capabilities young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Samyah Alshehri - Teachers’ perceptions on teaching thinking skills in primary schools
  • Sadhbh O’Dwyer - Tracing a Transformative Journey: The Impact of Theories of Social Justice and Critical Pedagogy on SpLD Practitioners in UK Higher Education
  • Angeliki Katramadou - Interdisciplinary collaboration for the inclusion of children with Severe Learning Difficulties in Early Years settings in England
  • Anastasia Valagka - Multidisciplinary collaboration and inclusive education of students with additional support needs in a Scottish primary school


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

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