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Julie Allan

Title: Visiting Professor School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


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Julie Allan

About Julie Allan

Allan’s work focuses on inclusive education, disability studies and children’s rights and she has been researching in these areas since gaining her doctorate in 1996. Julie has advised the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Dutch and Queensland Governments on inclusion and has been an expert advisor with the Council of Europe.

Allan has taken undertaken a number of international research projects, including a study of raising achievement through inclusion in Essunga, Sweden, and has collaborated with colleagues in several countries including the US, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Australia, New Zealand and Kazakhstan.



Allan, J, Harwood, V and Joergensen, C (2020) The Routledge World Yearbook in Education: Schooling, governance and inequalities. London: Routledge.

Allan, J and Artiles, A (Eds) (2017) The Routledge World Yearbook in Education: Assessment inequalities. London: Routledge.

Harwood, V and Allan, J (2014) Psychopathology at school: Theorizing mental disorder in schools. London: Routledge.

Biesta, G, Allan, J and Edwards, R (2013) (eds) Making a difference in theory: The theory question in education and the education question in theory. London: Routledge.

Allan J and Catts R (2012) (eds) Social capital, children and young people: Implications for practice, policy and research. Bristol: Policy Press.

Allan, J, Ozga, J and Smyth, G (2009) (eds) Social capital, professionalism and diversity. Rotterdam: Sense.

Allan, J (2008) Rethinking inclusion: The philosophers of difference in practice. Dordrecht: Springer.

Allan, J and Slee, R (2008) Doing inclusive education research. Rotterdam: Sense

Allan, J, I’Anson, Priestley, A and Fisher, A (2006) Promising rights: Introducing children’s rights in school. Edinburgh: Save the Children.

Allan, J (2003) (ed) Inclusion, participation and democracy: What is the purpose? Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Allan, J (1999) Actively seeking inclusion: Pupils with special needs in mainstream schools. London: Falmer.

Articles in journals

Jørgensen, C R and Allan, J (2020) Education, schooling and inclusive practice at a secondary free school in England. British Journal of Sociology of Education, Published online:

Allan, J and Persson, E (2018) Social capital and trust for inclusion in school and society. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice.

Allan, J (2017) The inclusion challenge. Schuola Democratica. Learning for Democracy, No. 1, https/

Allan, J and Youdell, D (2015) Ghostings, materialisations and flows in Britain’s special educational needs assemblage. Discourse. DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2015.1104853

Allan, J and Persson, E (2015) Students’ perspectives on raising achievement in Essunga, Sweden. Educational Review. DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2015.1058752

Allan, J (2014) Making a difference – in theory – in Sweden and the UK. Education Inquiry, 5 (3),

Allan, J (2014) Inclusive education and the arts. Cambridge Journal of Education, 44 (4), 511-523.

Allan, J and Catts, R (2014) Schools, social capital and space. Cambridge Journal of Education. doi: 10.1080/0305764X.2013.863829

Allan, J (2013) Including ideology. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 17 (12), 1241-1252.

Allan, J. and Harwood, V. (2013) Medicus interruptus in the behaviour of children in disadvantaged contexts in Scotland. British Journal of Sociology of Education,

Fox, A and Allan, J (2013) Doing reflexivity: Moments of unbecoming and becoming. International Journal of Research and Method in Education. DOI: 10.1080/1743727X.2013.787407

Allan, J. (2012) Inclusion: Patterns and possibilities. Zeitschrift für Inklusion, No. 4,

Allan, J (2012) Difference in policy and politics: Dialogues in confidence, Review of Disability Studies, 8 (3), 14-24.

Allan, J (2011) Responsibly competent: Teaching, ethics and diversity, Policy Futures in Education, 9 (1), 152-159.

Allan, J (2011) Complicating, not explicating: Taking up philosophy in learning disability research, Learning Disability Quarterly, 34 (2), 153-161.

Allan, J (2011) Civilising teacher education? Learning with diversity, Teacher Education Practice, 24 (3), 351-353.

Biesta, J, Allan, J and Edwards, R (2011) The theory question in research capacity building in education: Towards an agenda for research and practice, British Journal of Educational Studies, 59 (3), 225-239.

Allan, J (2010) The sociology of disability and the struggle for inclusive education, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31 (5), 603-619.

Allan, J (2010) The inclusive educator: Spaces for civic engagement, Discourse, 31 (4), 411-422.

Allan, J, Duffy, C, Loening, G and Moran, N (2010) Knowledge exchange with Sistema Scotland, Journal of Educational Policy, 25 (3), 335-347.

Allan, J (2010) Questions of inclusion in Scotland and Europe, European 
Journal of Special Needs Education, 25(2), 199-208.

Allan, J, Smyth, G, I’Anson, J and Mott, J (2009) Understanding disability with children’s social capital. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 9 (2), 115-121.

Doughty, H and Allan, J (2008) Social capital and the evaluation of inclusiveness in Scottish further education colleges, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 32 (3) 275-284.

Lynch, H and Allan, J (2007) Target practice? Using the arts for social inclusion, International Journal of Education and the Arts. 8 (12),

McGonigal, J, Doherty, R, Allan, J, Mills, S, Catts, R, Redford, M, McDonald, A, Mott, J and Buckley, C (2007) Social capital, social inclusion and changing school contexts: A Scottish perspective, British Journal of Educational Studies, 55 (4), 1-18.

Allan, J (2006) The repetition of exclusion, International Journal of Inclusive Education, 10 (2-3), 121-134.

I’Anson J and Allan, J (2006) Children’s rights in practice: A study of change within a primary school, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 11 (2), 265-79.

Allan, J (2005) Encounters with inclusion through disability arts.  Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 5 (1), 31-36.

Allan, J (2005) Working together for inclusion. Education in the North, 12, 14-20

Allan, J (2004) Deterritorializations: Putting postmodernism to work on teacher education and inclusion, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 36 (4), 417-432 (reprinted in Torrance, H (2010) Qualitative research methods in education. London: Sage).

Allan, J and I’Anson, J (2004) Children’s rights in school: Power, assemblies and assemblages, International Journal of Children’s Rights, 12 (2), 123-138.

Allan, J, Mannion, G and Duffield, J (2004) Premature evaluation? Measuring the impact of New Community Schools. Scottish Educational Review, 36 (2), 145-158.

Allan, J and Cope, P (2004) If you can: inclusion in music making. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 8 (1), 23-36.

Allan, J (2003) Daring to Think Otherwise? Educational policymaking in the Scottish Parliament, Journal of Educational Policy, 18 (3), 289-301.

Allan, J (2003) Productive pedagogies and the challenge of inclusion. British Journal of Special Education. 30 (4), 175-179.

Chapters in books

Allan, J (2020) Disability studies and interdisciplinarity: Interregnum or productive interruption? In L. Ware (Ed) Critical readings in interdisciplinary disability studies: (Dis)assemblages. Dordrecht: Springer.

Allan, J  (2020) Reflexivity with and without self: Lous Heshusious’ purposless listening exercise. In L. Ware (Ed) The ‘strong poet’: Essays in honor of Lous Heshusius. Leiden/Boston: Brill Sense.

Allan, J (2019) Including ideology. In L Ware and L Slee (Eds) When meaning falters and words fail. Ideology matters. Leiden/Boston: Brill Sense.

Allan, J and Slee, R (2019) Not dead yet? In M Shuelka, Johnstone, C, Thomas, G and Artiles, A (Eds) The Sage handbook of inclusion and diversity.  London, Thousand Oaks, CA, New Delhi, Singapore: Sage.

Allan, J and Sturm, T (2018) School development and inclusion in England and Germany. In B Hamre, A Morin and C Ydesen (Eds) Testing and inclusive schooling. London: Routledge.

Allan, J and Harwood, V (2016) The risk factors for psy-diagnosis? Gender, racialization and social class. In E Bendix Petersen and Z Millei (Eds) Interrupting the psy-disciplines in education. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Allan, J (2016) At tænke inclusion anderledes. In B Hamre og V Larsen (red) Inclusion, udsathed og tværprofessionelt samarbejde. Friederiksberg: Frydenlund Academic.

Barow, T, Persson, B & Allan, J (2016) Inclusive education in Großbritannien und Skandinavien. In  H Ingeborg, G Biewer, J Hollenweger & R Markowetz (Eds) Handbuch inclusion and sonderpädagogik. Bad Heilbrunn: Verlag Julius Klinkhardt.

Allan, J (2015) Critiquing policy: Limitations and possibilities. In D Connor, J Valle and C Hale (eds) Practicing disability studies in education: Acting towards social change. New York: Peter Lang.

Allan, J (2015) Waiting for inclusive education? An exploration of conceptual confusions and political struggles. In F Kiuppis and R S Hausstätter (eds) Inclusive education twenty years after Salamanca. New York: Peter Lang.

Barow, T, Persson, B and Allan, J (2015) Inclusive education in Großbritannien und Skandinavien (Inclusive education in Great Britain and Scandinavia). In: Hedderich, I., Biewer, G., Hollenweger, J. & Markowetz, R. (eds.). Handbuch Inklusion und Sonderpädagogik. Stuttgart: utb, 189-193.

Allan, J (2014) Inclusion for all? Scottish Education. 4th Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Allan, J (2013) Staged interventions: Deleuze, arts and education. In I Semetsky and D Masny (eds) Deleuze and Education. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Allan, J (2013) Foucault and his acolytes: Discourse, power and ethics. In M. Murphy (ed) Social Theory and Education Research: Understanding Foucault, Habermas, Bourdieu and Derrida. London: Routledge.

Allan, J (2012) Introduction in Persson, B and Persson, E Includering och måluppfyllelse: all nå framgång med alla elever (Inclusion and achievement: The success of all students). Stockholm: Liber.

Allan, J (2012) Thinking again about inclusion. In A Arnesen (ed) Includering. Perspektiver i barnehagefalige praktiser (Including. Perspectives in kindergarten practice). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.

Allan, J (2012) The inclusion challenge. In T Barow and D Östlund (eds) Bildning för alla! En pedagogisk utmaning  (Education for all! A pedagogical challenge). Kristianstad: Hogskolen Kristianstad.

Allan, J (2012) The sociology of disability and the struggle for inclusive education. In M Arnot (ed) The sociology of disability and inclusive education: A tribute to Len Barton. London: Routledge.

Allan, J (2012) Teacher competences for diversity: Becoming ethical and responsible. In T Besley and M Peters (eds) Interculturalism, education and dialogue. New York: Peter Lang.

Cross, B, Allan, J and McDonald, D (2012) Evaluating an inclusive education programme: Lessons in transient social capital. In J Allan and R Catts (eds) Social capital, children and young people: Implications for practice, policy and research. Bristol: Policy Press.

Allan, J (2011) The civic and the civil in professional education. In J Forbes and C Watson (eds) The transformation of children's services: Examining and debating the complexities of inter/professional working. Rotterdam: Sense.

Allan, J (2009) Provocations: Putting philosophy to work on inclusion. In K Quinlivan, B Kaur & R Boyask (eds) Educational enactments in a globalised world: Intercultural conversations. Rotterdam: Sense.

Allan, J (2009) After the break? Interrupting the discourses of interprofessional practice. In J Forbes and C Watson (eds) Service integration in schools: Research and policy discourses, practices and future prospects. Rotterdam: Sense.

Allan, J and Slee, R (2008) Doing inclusive education research. In S Gabel and S Danforth (eds) Disability and the politics of education: An international reader. New York: Peter Lang.

Allan, J (2008) Inclusion for all? Scottish Education: Beyond devolution. Third Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Allan, J (2006) Failing to make progress? The aporias of responsible inclusion. In E Brantlinger (ed) Who benefits from special education? Remediating (fixing) other people’s children. Mahwah, New Jersey/London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Allan, J (2006) Conversations across disability and difference: Teacher education seeking inclusion. In S Danforth and S Gabel (eds) Vital questions facing disability studies in education. New York: Peter Lang.

Allan, J (2005) Inclusive learning experiences: Learning from children and young people. In M Nind, J Rix, K Sheehy and K Simmons (eds) Curriculum and pedagogy in inclusive education: Values into practice. London/New York: RoutledgeFalmer and Open University Press.

Allan, J (2005) Inclusion as an ethical project. In S Tremain (ed) Foucault and disability. Michegan: University of Michegan Press.

Allan, J (2005) Disability arts and the performance of ideology. In S Gabel (ed) Disability studies in education: Readings in theory and method. New York: Peter Lang.

Allan, J (2005) The aesthetics of disability as a productive ideology. In L Ware (ed) Ideology and the politics of (in)exclusion. New York: Peter Lang.

Allan, J (2003) Not yet there? Inclusion and exclusion in the University. In T Booth, K, Nes, and M Strømstad, (eds)  Reforming teacher education for inclusion. London: Routledge.

Allan is also Professor of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Birmingham, UK where she was the Head of the School of Education from 2015 to 2020. She is a governor of the University of Birmingham School, the only secondary training school in the UK.