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Edward Sellman

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences


Expertise Summary

Dr Edward Sellman researches well-being, creativity and inclusion and well-being as a member of the Centre for Research in Human Flourishing. He is editor of 'Creative Learning for Inclusion' and co-editor of Restorative Approaches to Conflict in Schools, both recently published by Routledge, alongside 'Mediation Matters: Creating Peaceful Schools through Peer Mediation', published by LDA . He is also a member of the International Journal of Pastoral Care in Education editorial board and reviews articles for Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties and the British Educational Research Journal.

Edward originally trained as an art/primary-school teacher and then worked with children experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in a range of settings. He acts as a supervisor for research students working for PhD degrees and has acted as an external examiner at the Universities of Bath, Sheffield and Surrey. He teaches on Masters programmes and is the course leader of the MA in Special Needs in the UK.

Edward is also a practicing artist (see and winner of the Djanogly Prize at the University Summer Art Exhibition 2010 as well as the Attenborough Prize 2011.

Research Summary

His research and teaching interests include:

  • Creativity, Arts and Inclusion
  • Positive Psychology, Mental Well-Being, Mindfulness
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties,
  • Conflict Resolution, Restorative/Transformative Justice/Approaches, Peer Mediation

Current research projects:

  • Creative Lives Project - interviews with distinguished artists from a diversity of disciplines about the relationship between creativity and well-being (with Dr. Theo Stickley)
  • Positive Education and Mindfulness at Trent College, Nottingham
  • The pedagogy of self-help - a literature review and thematic analysis of self-improvement texts

Past research projects:

  • NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care (Notts, Derbys & Lincs) - Evaluation of Group ADHD Parenting Programme (with Dr Martin Batty, Dr Kapil Sayal & Dr Janine Coates), 2010-13
  • Mighty Creatives/Arts Partnership Nottinghamshire - Working with artists to promote outcomes for Looked After Children, 2011-12
  • ESRC Seminar Series- Inter-disciplinary Perspectives on Restorative Approaches to Conflict in Schools: Exploring International Theory and Practice (with Dr Hilary Cremin, University of Cambridge & Dr Gillean McCluskey, University of Edinburgh), 2010-11
  • Nottinghamshire Targeted Mental Health Services/Arts Partnership Nottinghamshire - Working with artists to promote mental well-being at four Nottinghamshire Schools (with City Arts), 2010-11
  • DfiD/MUNDI Global Education Centre- Evaluation of Global Voices: Creative Approaches for International Education in Special Schools, 2009-11
  • Catholic Children's Society - An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of an Independent Social Work Service in Three Schools (with Dr Belinda Harris & Dr Max Biddulph), 2009-10
  • Arts Partnership Nottinghamshire - An Evaluation of Arts Projects Working with Young People Not in Education, Employment of Training (with Pr Pat Thomson & Pr Chris Hall), 2008-11
  • School of Education Small Grant- Students as Researchers at Special Schools, 2007-08
  • NRDC- Evaluation of Learning for Living Materials, Project Director, 2007
  • ESRC Priority Network- 'Pathways Into and Out of Crime', Researcher, University. of Sheffield, 2002-03
  • DfES- 'Study of Young People Excluded from School, Researcher, University. of Birmingham, 2000-02
  • Mental Health Foundation- 'The Mental Health Needs of Children with EBD'. Project Director (with Dr Ted Cole, Pr. Harry Daniels & Dr John Visser), University. of Birmingham, 2001-02
  • CSV Millennium Award- 'Peer-mediation action-research', University. of Birmingham, 2001

Selected Publications

Edward is a member of the Centre for Research in Human Flourishing. His research supervision areas include:

· Creativity, Arts, Visual Sociology and Visual Methods

· Inclusive Gallery/Museum Education

· Conflict Resolution, Restorative Justice/Approaches, Anti-bullying, Peer Mediation

· Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Mental Well Being

· Sociocultural and Activity Theory

Research proposals: please email Edward if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic.

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