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Dr. Donatella Camedda

Assistant Professor (Education)


Donatella Camedda is Assistant Professor in Education in the School of Education. She is the Co-ordinator of the Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice (ASIAP) programme at the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Donatella's research interests lie in the area of inclusive education, more specifically regarding teacher education for inclusion, inclusive practice for people with intellectual disabilities, equality and diversity, disability and intersectionality, educational policy. Her work involves creative methodology and cross-disciplinary approach. Prior to joining Trinity College Dublin in 2021, Donatella worked at The University of Padova as Adjunct Professor (2019-2021). Between 2016 and 2018 she worked at the University of Edinburgh (2016-2018) as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Inclusive Education, Research Assistant and Associate Tutor. Donatella received her European PhD in 2016 from the University of Padova focusing on teachers' inclusive attitudes and the relationship between values and practice. She is a former primary school teacher specialised in support teaching in Italy, where she worked for over a decade becoming an advocate for social justice and an inclusive society. Donatella is also an eclectic artist, she is involved in visual art, music, poetry and prose. She collaborated in several art projects, including a research-led drama workshop, and curated an art exhibition on migration.
  Disability Inclusion   DIVERSITY   Diversity and Inclusion   Inclusive Education   Inclusive pedagogy for adults with intellectual disabilities   Initial Teacher Education   INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES   MIGRATION   Teacher Education
 Understanding Inclusion. Teachers' inclusive attitudes, values and practice.
 Disability and Migration
 ECRAN - Early Career Researchers and Academic Networking
 Making visible teachers' impact as agents of change for inclusion
 Promoting Education and Employment Resources for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Ireland

Details Date
Inclusive National Higher Education Forum (INHEF) since 1/09/21
Irish Inclusion Consortium since 1/09/21
Integrazione Scolastica e Sociale, Erickson, Editorial Board member since 2020
PhD VIVA External Examiner: Giampiero Tarantino, UCD 24/10/2022
Reviewer for UKRI-ESRC grants 2021
Reviewer for Teachers and Teaching Education Journal since 2021
Reviewer for British Journal of Learning Disabilities since 2021
Reviewer for International Journal of Inclusive Education since 2020
Reviewer for Italian Journal of Special Education for Inclusion since 2019
Reviewer for Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research 2020
Reviewer for International Education Journal: Comparative perspectives 2017
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Member of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland 2022 to date
Member of the Italian Researchers International Association, AIRI 2015 to date
Member of the Scottish Educational Research Association, SERA 2016 2022
Member of the Italian Society of Special Education, SIPES 2015 2022
La inclusión universitaria de estudiantes con discapacidad intelectual en Irlanda in, editor(s)Odet Moliner García , Democratizar la universidad Retos de la educación inclusiva en la formación postsecundaria de jóvenes con discapacidad intelectual, Spain, Octaedro, 2024, pp41 - 62, [Donatella Camedda, Des Aston], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Sabine Harter-Reiter; Donatella Camedda, Wirk-lich von Bedeutung Photovoice als partizipativer Forschungsansatz für Studierende mit Lernschwierigkeiten, Gemeinsam Leben, 2024, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Denise De Souza, Zelinna Pablo, Michael Shevlin, Maria Theresa von Fürstenberg, Jennifer Banks, Debashis Sarker, Alejandra Rios Urzua, Donatella Camedda, Des Aston, Preconditions influencing the development of post-secondary training programs in universities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 48, (3), 2023, p95 - 106, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Integrazione Scolastica e Sociale, Erickson, [scientific committee member], 2020, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED
European Journal of Teacher Education, 43, 1, (2020), 1 - 126p, Lani Florian & Donatella Camedda, [eds.], Journal, PUBLISHED
Florian, Lani & Camedda, Donatella, Enhancing teacher education for inclusion, European Journal of Teacher Education, 43, (1), 2020, p4 - 8, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Donatella Camedda, 'Dieci casi di ordine apparente', Rapsodia Edizioni, 2020, -, Poetry, PUBLISHED
Eleonora Zorzi, Donatella Camedda, Marina Santi, Tra improvvisazione e inclusione: il profilo polifonico delle professionalità educative, Italian Journal of Special Education for Inclusion, 2019, p90 - 100, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Il futuro presente: proiezioni di una scuola inclusiva di inizio millennio in, editor(s)Canevaro Andrea, Ianes Dario , Lontani da dove? Passato e futuro dell'inclusione scolastica in Itali, Erickson, 2017, pp179 - 189, [Donatella Camedda], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Camedda, D., Mirman-Flores, A., Ryan-Mangan, A, Young researchers need help with academic networking, 2017, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED  URL

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Donatella Camedda, Michael Shevlin, John Kubiak, University for ALL? The case of the Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice Certificate, Conference Proceedings, European State-Of-The-Art Congress on Inclusive Post-Secondary Programmes for Students with Intellectual Disabilities - ESOTA, Salzburg, 27-28/10/2022, edited by Pedagogical University of Salzburg , 2023, pp11 - 15, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
O'Neill, R., Bowie, J., Foulkes, H., Cameron, A., Meara, R. & Camedda, D, Families living on a low income bringing up deaf children, Edinburgh, Scottish Sensory Centre, 2019, Report, PUBLISHED


Award Date
TRiSS Academic Research Fellowship 2023-2024 2023
Trinity Research Doctorate Award 2023-2024 2023
Trinity Research Excellence - Nomination 2023
Best master thesis, Barbara Poli Award, University of Bologna 2013
Best Supervisor University of Edinburgh - Nomination 2018
My main research interests lie in the field of inclusive education, in particular regarding Intellectual disabilities, teachers" attitudes, teacher education for inclusion. I apply qualitative and mixed-methods approaches, adopting interdisciplinary perspectives through include art-based research, participatory methodology and more traditional research methods. I am interested in investigating the complexity of education through an inclusion lens, either in school settings or in higher education. I am currently the PI of projects that look into intellectual disabilities and inclusion in university, focusing on student voice within the framework of inclusive research. My work is internationally recognised and I have been publishing in prestigious venues, contributing with novel evidence to the field of inclusive education.