Staff profile

Dr Geraldene Codina

Associate Professor - Research

Geraldine Codina


Education, Childhood and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation





My main areas of research address inclusive education, special educational needs and disability (SEND) and embodied pedagogy. Currently, I am the Principal Investigator for the nasen/DfE-funded Three-Year Action Research and Lesson Study for ISEND Project and recently directed the DfE-funded Opportunity Area (OA) SEND Peer Challenge Project. As part of my civic work, I Chair the Derby Local Authority SEND Board and am a member of the Derby City Inclusion Committee. Recently I worked as the Deputy Director for the End of Three-Year Review of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) funded by the Irish government.

A key strand of my work involves leading the ISEND Research Cluster for the Institute of Education (University of Derby). The Cluster engages in high-quality scholarly research in the field of inclusion, special educational needs and disability. The Cluster is particularly focused on supporting leaders of ISEND (schools, SENCOs, Local Authorities, local and national governments, and academics) and also welcomes participation from students, parents/carers of children with additional needs, advocates, and people with a disability. A key aim of the Cluster is widening access to research, as such the Cluster hosts a range of free online symposiums. To hear more about the work of the ISEND Research Cluster please feel free to message me directly.

I am also the co-convenor of the ISEND Research Co-operative and the Programme Lead for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (NASENCo). Both roles involve working with SENCOs to support the process of conducting Action Research. Currently, the ISEND Research Co-operative is focused on researching quality-first practices.

As part of my Higher Educational (HE) role, I regularly work with the Department for Education, nasen and a number of Local Authorities, providing training, writing for publication and leading research projects. Previously I taught Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students (PGCE and BA) and worked as the Head of Quality in the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care (University of Winchester).

Prior to working in Higher Education, I worked as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and school teacher in both special and mainstream settings.

Teaching responsibilities

National Award for SENCOs: Leading effective, inclusive practice in special educational needs (60 Level 7 credits)

Research interests

Focussed on inclusive education, social inclusion, SENCO Leadership, teacher resilience and methods of qualitative data analysis, my research often draws on the work of Gadamer, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Ricoeur. Methodologically my research tends to be qualitative and often employs some form of phenomenology. 

Currently, I am a member of the Editorial Board for the European Journal of Education (EJED)

Doctoral Supervisions: Current students

Doctoral Supervisions: Completed students

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Invited Presentations 


Refereed Conference Proceedings (selected)


Recent publications

Impact Case Study REF 2021

Robinson, D., Codina, G., Dimitrellou, E. Hanson., Moore., N. Shepherd, C. (2021) Ecologies for the enhancement of social and educational inclusion in England; policy and practice for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), Education (UoA 23). 


Peer Reviewed Journals Articles


Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals


Books and Chapters


Funded Research Reports


Funded Publications for Practicing SENCOs and Teachers


Unfunded Publications for Practicing SENCOs and Teachers