1996 …2023

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Richard Rose is  Emeritus Professor of Inclusive Education at the University of Northampton. He has previously held posts as a teacher, head teacher and inspector in various parts of England. Richard trained as a teacher in Bristol before completing post-graduate studies at the Universities of Bristol, East Anglia and Leicester where he gained his doctorate. Richard held a position as Marden Fellow and Visiting Professor in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the University of Northampton Richard worked as a tutor for the Universities of Birmingham, and Leicester. He has conducted research for National Governments, Research Councils and NGOs including UNICEF and Sightsavers both in the UK and internationally. For the past 25 years he has worked regularly in India providing support for teachers and parents in enhancing educational provision for children with disabilities and special educational needs. He has conducted research and produced advisory reports for the governments of Ireland and Cambodia and is currently a member of a policy working group in the area of inclusion for the State of Kerala in India.

Research Interests

Richard’s research interests are in the areas of inclusive education and children’s rights. He is currently directing a project into extending research competences in the area of disability and inclusion for the National Institution for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities in India. He was  recently  Principal Investigator on a project investigating knowledge, attitudes and practices towards children with disabilities in Bhutan, funded by UNICEF. He was also director of Project IRIS, a longitudinal study into special educational provision in the Republic of Ireland. Richard has conducted research for research councils, charitable trusts and government organisations in the UK, China, Estonia, Malaysia, Malta, Ireland, Georgia, Cambodia and India.

He is currently supervising PhD students from both the UK and overseas who are conducting research into various aspects of inclusion and children’s rights.



Richard has supervised 33 PhD Students to completion. His current research students are:

Maitreyee Buragohain; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

The Impact of Dance on Sociability skills of CWCN (Children with Complex Needs): A step towards Inclusion.

Sumathi Ravindranath: Special Needs and Inclusion

An investigation into the nature and extent to which methods taught during Montessori teacher training in Bangalore are applied by teachers in Montessori and mainstream schools

Malathy Krishnan Special Needs and Inclusion

Investigatin social emotional learning in children with special educational needs in mainstream and special schools in Bengaluru, India



Divya Dubey; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

An investigation into the professional development needs of teachers (Upper primary and secondary level) to meet the diverse learning needs in Indian classrooms.


Pooja Haridarshan; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

The influence of the childhood experiences of women in Bangalore, India, upon their aspirations for their children: socio-cultural and academic perspectives. A community based study.


Edna Jackson; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

Special Educational Needs.


Malathy Krishnan; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

Investigating social emotional learning in children with special educational needs in special and mainstream schools in Bengaluru, India.


Eucharia McCarthy; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

A critical investigation into Inclusion Co-ordinators' (InCos') perspectives and experiences of implementing their role in pre-school settings in the mid-west of Ireland.


Sumathi Ravindranath; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

‘An investigation into the nature and extent to which methods taught during Montessori teacher training in Bangalore are applied by teachers in Montessori and mainstream schools.’


Sulata Sankardas Ajit; Special Education Needs and Inclusion.

Doctoral Research Project


Yu Zhao; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

An Investigation of Experiences of Pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and School Provision during the Transition between Educational Phases in England.

Teaching Interests

Richard teaches modules on the MA in Special Needs and Inclusive Education, and also conducts research methods training for post-graduate students in India.

He conducts research training for early careers researchers in Cambodia and India.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD Education, University of Leicester

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Master, MA Education, University of Leicester

Award Date: 1 Jun 1995

Master, Master of Education (MEd) , University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jun 1985

External positions

Member of the Committee of the India Inclusion Research Network (IIRN), India Inclusion Research Network (IIRN)

1 Sept 2022 → …

Member of Academic Advisory Committee Manovikas Kendra, Kolkata, India

2 Apr 2019 → …

Member of the Editorial Board Asia Journal of Inclusive Education

1 Sept 2012 → …

Member of the Advisory Board of Pramiti School, Bangalore, India

1 Apr 2010 → …

Member of the Editorial Board of Reach, Irish Journal of Special Educational Needs

1 Sept 2008 → …

Member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Emotional and Behavoural Difficulties

1 Jan 2006 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • L Education (General)


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