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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 Advance HE Senior Fellow. In 2022, she was inducted as 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), Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia: Strategies for Inclusion in Higher Education (Policy Press), and Ableism in Academia: Theorising Experiences of Disabilities 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 social research practices, in particular physical and material representations of experiences, the use of metaphors in research and the generation of knowledge.She tweets as @ncjbrown and @AbleismAcademia

Click here for Nicole's full CV.

Research Groups
Research Summary
Nicole is a social researcher and author, whose expertise lies with social research practice. She focusses on the development and pragmatics of research methods and approaches for data analysis as well as dissemination. She conceptualises her work as sitting on the cusp of practice/teaching/research, thereby emphasising that each area of expertise intersects with and impacts on another.

Her exploration of research paradigms, data collection methods, and data analysis therefore recognises the researchers' interactions with the field of study, the research participants, the research contexts, and settings, as well as the variety of practices involved in developing understanding and generating knowledge through thinking-doing-being.

In that sense, her creative practices as a fiction writer and poet as well as her activist work in response to, on the back of and as research represent an extension of her conceptualisation of research practice that interweaves practice/teaching/research.

Teaching Summary
Doctoral supervision:

Nicole's expertise lies with research practices, such as creative, arts-based and participatory data collection and analysis, especially in connection with lived experiences in the contexts of higher education, student experience, disability, chronic illness and/or neurodivergence.



Leading Learning
Research and Professional Practice
Practice-Based Enquiry

Literacy, 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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