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Edward Sellman

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences


Expertise Summary

Dr Edward Sellman researches mindfulness, integral and transpersonal psychology and well-being as both a member and convenor of postgraduate research of the Centre for Research in Human Flourishing.

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 is also a qualified mindfulness teacher and breathwork facilitator (see He acts as a supervisor for research students working toward PhD degrees (principally on mindfulness and education) and has acted as an external examiner at several UK Universities. He is the module convenor of 'Responding Mindfully to Challenging Behaviour' offered on several Masters programmes and makes contributions to the MA Trauma Informed Practice.

He is editor of 'Creative Learning for Inclusion' and co-editor of Restorative Approaches to Conflict in Schools, both published by Routledge, alongside 'Mediation Matters: Creating Peaceful Schools through Peer Mediation', published by LDA .

Research Summary

His research and teaching interests include:

  • Mindfulness, consciousness and education

  • Integral and transpersonal theory, science and spirituality

  • Creativity and integration of peak experiences/extraordinary states of consciousness, journaling

  • Conflict resolution, restorative approaches in school

  • Mental well-being, human flourishing

Current research projects:

  • Learning from and integrating peak experiences/extraordinary states of consciousness
  • Creative Lives Project - interviews with distinguished artists from a diversity of disciplines about the relationship between creativity and well-being (with Dr. Theo Stickley).

Past research projects:

  • Positive Education and Mindfulness at Trent College, Nottingham, 2016-19
  • Mindfulness and staff self-care within HE, 2016-17
  • Mindfulness and staff self-care within the fire service, 2015-16
  • 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 or 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:

· Mindfulness and education

· Integral and transpersonal theory

· Non-ordinary states of consciousness as educative states

· Creativity and integration of peak experiences, journaling

· Conflict resolution, restorative approaches in schools

· Mental well-being, human flourishing

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

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