Inclusion and Social Justice Special Interest Group

The Special Interest Group on Inclusion and Social Justice was the first SIG to be launched in the School of Education, in 2010 by Dr Paty Paliokosta. It has built a research- and scholarship-friendly environment through opportunities for practice papers, invited talks, and CPD events for staff and students. This Special Interest Group (SIG) alongside other SIGs that were developed later, formed the core of the Education Research Group (ERG). SIGs are catalysts for the development of conceptual, theoretical and empirical-based knowledge generation, with dissemination through a range of publications, including books, book chapters, journals in addition to conferences, seminars and workshops.

The activity of the SIG has enabled and supported the Department of Education's strong and long-standing commitment to continuing professional development and practitioner research and a portfolio of award-bearing programmes. Of note are the Inclusive Curricula Award (2018); the TEAN Commendation for Effective Practice in Teacher Education (2019) and the AdvanceHE Connect on-boarding grant (2020).

The SIG's activity and its dissemination through social media has attracted the interest of an increased number of requests by external collaborators, prospective PhD students, local schools, multi-academy trusts and the voluntary and charity sector. It is very pleasing that this network is growing.

Read our Inclusion and Social Justice blog

The SIG is led by Dr Paty Paliokosta, who can be contacted on


Most recent publications


Please refer to the Research Repository for further information on publications and outputs.


Fighting for our Rights

With a grant of £76,900 from Heritage Lottery Fund, between 2016 and 2018 Kingston University's School of Education and School of Nursing worked with Kingston Centre for Independent Living, Heritage2Health, St Philip's School, and Kingston Archives to examine how a user-led group formed in 1967 to campaign for equal rights, acceptance, more choice, and control, eventually became the Kingston Centre for Independent Living. We collected and shared the oral histories of 23 disabled activists, who fought for change in the 1960s to live independently and have access to education and employment.

Further information on projects can be found on our blog >

Media articles and reports about our projects can be found on this page of our blog >


The SIG has invited presentations, two mini-conferences, twilight talks and a centenary talk that entailed presentations by prominent national and international activists and academics in the field of SEN/Inclusion:

  • Richard Rieser (Internationally renowned disability activist)
  • Professor Gottfried Biewer (Lead academic on the field of SEND at the University of Vienna)
  • Professor Lesley Saunders (Oxford University),
  • Professor Sonia Blandford (AfA CEO and visiting professor at UCL)
  • Local charity representatives (Kingston Eco-Op, KCIL) have also joined more recent SIG meetings to scope future collaborations.
  • Dr Alan Benson (London Metropolitan University)

For further information on forthcoming events, please refer to our blog


For further information, please contact Dr Paty Paliokosta

The Inclusion and Social Justice Special Interest Group is part of the Educational Research Group.

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