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Cristina Devecchi is co-director of the Centre for Education and Research where she is responsible for the PhD programme and PhD admissions. Before joining the University of Northampton, Cristina taught Italian and English to adults and young children in the UK and abroad and worked as a Teaching Learning Support Assistant in a secondary school. She gained an MEd in Special and Inclusive Education, MPhil in Educational Research and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. She currently supervises 12 PhD students using a variety of methodological approaches and researching diverse topics within education. She is the Chair of the Business and Education Research Degree Board and a member of the Faculty of Health, Education and Society's Research and Enterprise Committee.

She has collaborated as a researcher and Principal Investigator to a number of projects on a variety of topics related to inclusion. She has led on the EU funded project Success at School ( developing volunteering-based intervention to re-engage young people into education, and she is currently the UK lead for the Below 10 project (, aiming at tackling school drop-out. She was Principal Investigator on the Leading Change Together project (, funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, looking at leadership and change management in UK Higher Education; the FEASST@8 and SuCCEED@8 project, funded by the Institute for Learning and Teaching, focusing on developing discipline-based training at PhD level, and the TECH4ALL projects focused on developing digital skills for learning and teaching in higher education. She is currently involved in a project looking at effective organisational communication.

Cristina is a reviewer for a number of journals, and for the European Educational Research Association (EERA). She was a research associate at the Von Hugel Institute, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge and she was a coordinator of the Education thematic group for the Human Development and Capability Association. She is the co-founder and chair of the Cambridge Education Alumni Group and the Future Focused Group looking at the use of technology for teaching and learning, research and social impact.

Research interests: Inclusion; educational leadership; Higher Education; Human resource and knowledge management; technology.

Other Responsibilities


Chair (2014-present)

Business and Education Research Degree Board


Co-Chair (2017- present)

Readers, Associate Professors and Professors (RAPP) Group


Co-Director (2017- present)

Centre for Education and Research


PhD Coordinator

Faculty of Education and Humanities  (2017 – to present)


Member of University Committees

  • Research Degree Committee (2013 - present)
  • Research and Enteprise Committee (2013 - present)
  • Faculty Research and Enteprise Committee (2013 - present)
  • Academic Senate (2012-2016)

Member of Working Groups

  • PGR Teaching Opportunities (co-lead)
  • PGR mental health and wellbeing
  • Inclusion group

Deputy Research Leader (2013-2016)

Centre for Education and Research, School of Education


Co-founder of the Future Focused Group, University of Northampton, (2018- present)

External Roles

  • Editor in Chief (2017-2018) – Efficiency Exchange
  • Co-Founder, Cambridge Education Alumni Network, University of Cambridge
  • Expert Evaluator – H2020, SwafS programme (Science with and for Society) (2018)
  • Rapporteur - Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (2015)
  • Expert Evaluator (teaching and learning) – University of Turin, Italy (pending)

Teaching Interests

  • Social Sciences research methods and methodologies
  • Inclusion (particularly inclusion in Higher Education)
  • Leadership and management in Higher Education
  • PhD supervision and career development

Other Responsibilities

Co-Coordinator, EDucation Thematic Group, Human Development and Capability Association (2013-2015)

Member of the Von Hugel Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (2006-2010)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Cambridge

MPhil, University of Cambridge

Master, University of Cambridge

Bachelor, Universita degli Studi di Torino

External positions

ILAS Fellow, Keele University


Member of the Laboratorio di Pedagogia Speciale, Università Foro Italico, Rome


  • L Education (General)
  • inclusion
  • leadership and management
  • teaching and learning
  • higher education
  • professional identity
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • disability
  • special educational needs
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • methodology
  • Social justice
  • Development

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Projects 2018 2018

Research Output 2008 2019

Being a Refugee Child in Lebanon: Implementing Young Children’s Rights in a Digital World through the Blockchain Educational Passport

Devecchi, C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Rights . Routledge

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

fundamental right
equal opportunity
Open Access
cultural change
development project

Other People’s Adaptations: Teaching Children With Special Educational Needs to Adapt and to Aspire

Devecchi, C. & Watts, M., Oct 2018, New Frontiers of the Capability Approach. Comim, F., Fennell, S. & Anand, P. B. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 571-596 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

Open Access
special educational needs
common good
development theory
development model

Educare la persona: provvedimenti focalizzati sulle capabilities per studenti universitari con disabilità

Translated title of the contribution: Educating the person: a capability-focused provision for university students with disabilitiesDevecchi, C., 2017, InDeEP University : Un progetto di ricerca partecipata per una Università inclusiva. Santi, M. & Di Masi, D. (eds.). Padova, Italy: Padova University Press, p. 61-76 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

Open Access
special educational needs
human being

Moving to higher education: Opportunities and barriers experienced by people with disabilities

Shevlin, M., McGuckin, C., Bell, S. & Devecchi, C., 8 Feb 2017, Access and Participation in Irish Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 159-175 17 p. (Access and Participation in Irish Higher Education).

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

Towards a system for accreditation and recognition of teaching competences: the UK framework and the C@N-DO experience

Bennett, S., Devecchi, C., Armellini, A., Felisatti, E. (ed.) & Serbati, A. (ed.), 1 Jan 2017, Preparare la Professionalità Docente e Innovare la Didattica Universitaria. Milano: Franco Angeli, 272 p. (Le scienze dell’apprendimento: cognizione e formazione).

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

Open Access
secondary education

Activities 2013 2018

Capturing and transacting ‘value for students’ in the Digital University: the Blockchain Educational Passport

Cristina Devecchi (Speaker), Ali Al-Sherbaz (Speaker), Scott Turner (Speaker), Olinga Taeed (Speaker), Nick Petford (Speaker)
18 Jun 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


Supporting Community to Collaborate and Emotionally Engage in Digital Shifts @ level 8

Cristina Devecchi (Speaker), Anthony Stepniak (Speaker), Sue Watling (Speaker), Maitreyee Buragohain (Speaker), Ratika Malkani (Speaker), Yu Zhao (Speaker)
12 Jun 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

What it takes to build a PhD community: Future looking, risk taking, employability ready, socially responsible

Cristina Devecchi (Speaker), Anthony Stepniak (Speaker), Maitreyee Buragohain (Speaker), Sue Watling (Speaker), Ratika Malkani (Speaker), Yu Zhao (Speaker)
15 May 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

La formazione del docente inclusive europeo (The professional development of the inclusive teacher in Europe)

Cristina Devecchi (Invited speaker)
13 Sep 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkTeaching

Life Beyond a PhD: Working with PhD students as co-researchers to re-imagine their employability skills

Cristina Devecchi (Speaker)
25 Oct 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


Leading change together: managing cultural change across the highereducation workforce

Cristina Devecchi (Speaker), Hala Fawzy Mansour (Speaker), Jackie Potter (Speaker), Nick Allen (Speaker)
10 Sep 201811 Sep 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

Inclusion for all: supporting teachers and the case of England

Cristina Devecchi (Invited speaker)
5 Sep 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

Universities in transition: Managing knowledge and developing people through the use of 4th stage intellectual capital framework

Cristina Devecchi (Invited speaker), Nicholas Petford (Invited speaker)
14 Sep 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch