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Dr Nicole Brown
IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Disability, Chronic Illness and Neurodiversity Module Lead
  • Arts and Sciences (BASc)
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Nicole Brown is Head of Research Ethics and Integrity at IOE, Associate Professor at UCL and Director of Social Research & Practice and Education Ltd.

Nicole holds a PhD, MA HE, MTeach, Mag.Phil., PGCert HE and DipTrans. She is a UKGCE Recognised Research Supervisor and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). In 2022, she was inducted as a Fellow to the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). 

She has published the books Making the Most of Your Research Journal(Policy Press), Embodied Inquiry: Research Methods (Bloomsbury), LivedExperiences of Ableism in Academia: Strategies for Inclusion in HigherEducation (Policy Press) and Ableism in Academia: Theorising Experiences ofDisabilities and Chronic Illnesses in Higher Education (UCL Press). Her next books will be Creativity in Education:International Perspectives (UCL Press) and Photovoice Reimagined (Policy Press).

Nicole’s research interests relate to physical and material representations and metaphors, the generation of knowledge and, more generally, research methods and approaches to explore identity and body work, as well as to advance learning and teaching within higher education.

She tweets as @ncjbrown and @AbleismAcademia

For Nicole's full CV, please, cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.nicole-brown.co.uk/Downloads/NBCV.pdf

Research Groups
Research Summary

The underlying principle for my work is that research, teaching and social activism are inextricably interconnected. As a consequence, my personal practices in research, teaching and dissemination are also interwoven. 

The constant in the narrative of my work is to give voice to the unheard and empower the marginalised. I aim to provide those with quieter voices with means and tools to explore the unexplored and express the in-expressible. I therefore focus on: 

  • Participatory, multi-sensory, embodied and immersive research, in particular through arts-based approaches, material and physical representations and metaphors
  • Student experiences and learning 
  • Teacher education and development in the primary, secondary and tertiary sector 
  • Identity and identity construction in general, but more specifically in higher education including the identities of those in precarious positions and with disabilities and/or chronic conditions 
  • The performative and communicative role of the body

Teaching Summary
Doctoral supervision:

I am currently supervising doctoral projects on the lived experience of queerness amongst psychotherapists using creative methods, a Deleuzoguattarian analysis of identity development amongst social science PhD students, teacher presence and embodiment in the classroom, the experience of students with disabilities in South Korea and the impact of creative movement on learning in secondary science lessons.

Leading Learning
Research and Professional Practice
Practice-Based Enquiry
ResLiteracy, Language and Communication
Researching Education and Society: Qualitative Methods
Disability, Chronic Illness and Neurodivergence in the Contemporary Society

Academic Background
  PhD PhD Sociology University of Kent
2020   UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor UK Council for Graduate Education
2020 MA MA Higher Education (Distinction)  
2018   Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education University of Kent
2016   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London
2016   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
    ATQ08 - Accredited as a teacher of their subject by a professional UK body  
    ATQ10 - Overseas accreditation or qualification for any level of teaching  
2008   Diploma In Translation City, University of London
2006   Master of Teaching Institute of Education
2001   Magister University of Vienna, Austria
2001   Qualified Teacher Status Department for Education
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