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Nick Hodge

Professor Nick Hodge

Professor of Inclusive Practice


Nick is Professor of Inclusive Practice and a Co-Director of the Sheffield Hallam Autism Research Partnership (SHARP).

  • About

    Nick is Professor of Inclusive Practice in the Sheffield Institute of Education Prior and leader of the Equality, Diversity and Social Justice Research Group. Prior to joining the University in 1998, he was a special education teacher, supporting disabled children and their families in schools for over 15 years. Nick's research interests focus on the attitudinal and structural barriers that lead to disabled children and their parents and carers becoming marginalised, disempowered and excluded within the educational system. Much of Nick's work has involved challenging deficit led models of disability that mark children and young people as disordered and other. A critical element of his activity is ensuring that his research impacts on school practice. In doing so,  Nick works in close partnership with teachers and other educators through research partnerships and professional development to effect change. Nick is currently researching 1) into how school staff conceptualise and respond to the autistic self and 2) how we might think about autism differently.
    Nick is a Governor at Rowan School, Sheffield, a trustee of the Sheffield Autistic Society and was previously Director of the Sheffield Hallam Autism Resource Exchange.
    You can follow Nick on twitter @goodchap62

  • Teaching

    Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    Nick teaches about autism and disability across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He currently supervises 7 doctoral research students.

  • Research

    Towards a Research Engaged (Schools) Network . Sponsor, SHU HEIF, 2012–13.

    'The impact of high-tech AAC on the language and communication of students with autism'. Sponsor, NoRSACA, Nottingham 2008-10

    'Disabled people's experiences of anti-social behaviour and harassment in social housing: a critical review' Sponsor, Disability Rights Commission, 2006–7.

    Autism and a Sense of Self: How Educators Conceptualise and Respond to the Autistic Self. Sheffield Hallam University, 2016-18.

    Development of action research interventions that can help partner schools improve attainment and achievement at the transition of their pupils from primary on to secondary school. Sheffield City Council, Sheffield South East Learning Partnership (SSELP) and Sheffield Institute of Education (SiOE). 2015-2016

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Hodge, N. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2017) "You say… I hear…": Epistemic gaps in practitioner-parent/carer talk.  In K. Runswick-Cole, T. Curran and K. Liddiard (eds) The Palgrave handbook of Disabled Children's Childhood Studies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Media

    Nick has written for the Times Educational Supplement (, The Sheffield Telegraph ( and The Conversation (

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