Current update:

Dr. Hilra Vinha

The Open University

Citation indices All Since 2009
Citations 27 27
h-index 3 3
i10-index 2 2
Title1–12 Cited by Year
Doing research inclusively: bridges to multiple possibilities in inclusive researchM Nind, H VinhaBritish Journal of Learning Disabilities 12 2012
Doing Research Inclusively, Doing Research Well? Report of the Study: Quality and Capacity in Inclusive Research with People with Learning DisabilitiesM Nind, H VinhaUniversity of Southampton.< http://www. southampton. ac. uk/education … 10 2012
Doing research inclusively, doing research well?M Nind, HG VinhaUniversity of Southampton 3 2012
Learners’ perspectives of identity and difference: a narrative study on visual and verbal representation of self and otherMHGL VinhaUniversity of Southampton 2 2011
Creative interactions with data: using visual and metaphorical devices in repeated focus groupsM Nind, H VinhaQualitative Research, 1468794114557993   2014
Practical considerations in doing research inclusively and doing it well: Lessons for inclusive researchersM Nind, H VinhaNCRM   2014
Building an inclusive research community: the challenges and benefitsM Nind, HG VinhaLearning Disability Today   2013
From teacher to lover: sex scandals in the classroomH VinhaInternational Journal of Research & Method in Education 33 (3), 320-321   2010
Enabling findings: Making research findings acessible by using literary structure [ethnographic fiction]HG Vinha   2009
The exceptional experience of differenceHG Vinha   2009
Why I am doing this in this way: a reflective narrativeHG Vinha   2009
Book review. Researching life stories: method, theory and analyses in a biographical ageHG VinhaInternational Journal of Research & Method in Education 29 (2), 259-264


Previous update: Southampton, 01 September 2011

I am starting a new job today. My first one as a doctor! I started today as a research fellow in a research project funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (RES-000-22-4423). The principal investigator is Professor Melanie Nind, and the research fellow was originally Dr. Helen Graham. I will be continuing the work she started. To learn more about the project please read the INCLUSIVE RESEARCH page.




Earlier update: 28th July 2011

First published: 2006

I am delighted to say that the author of this modest blog is now officially and definitively a doctor of philosophy, a.k.a. a Ph.D!  Yesterday I had my graduation ceremony and received my so desired and worked-for certificate. I believe that there are several aspects about my journey towards this award that define me and that are worth sharing here. Therefore, I will list those aspects as follows:


* wrote my entire thesis in a second language;

* started my course already expecting a baby and carried on with my studies while being a full-time mum of two small children;

* during the process became a single mum;

* found a range of supporting services at my university, which enabled me to carry on;

* had the most amazing relationship researcher/supervisor one could wish for;

* was sponsored by a university studentship throughout my course;

* had a small but effective network of people who cared about me and gave me practical help that enabled me to meet my goals;

* have grown enormously through this whole experience; and

* I am a keen adviser to anyone willing to learn from my mistakes and achievements!




First published on 30 Nov 2006

Last update: July 2009


The "carrying" thing

The “carrying” thing

I am glad to say that I have grown so much since I started this blog/journal back in 2006. This journal has been a great source of learning and reflections for me. I am very happy to see how I managed to keep it all the way through. It has been such a great companion.

In practical terms, now I am about to start my final year, being actually my fourth year. Due to the characteristics of this journey, I have to admit that this is still a great achievement. Talking about achievements, I can proudly list the last ones that are keeping me smiling right now:

  1. Completion of my ethics protocol and successful submission of it
  2. Gaining access to a special school
  3. Completion of the pilot study
  4. Drafting of three chapters of my thesis
  5. Writing up of the results of the pilot study
  6. Taking part in the organisation team for a conference at my uni
  7. Presenting a paper at this conference
  8. Having a paper accepted for a conference at the Open University
  9. Presenting that paper in Milton Keynes
  10. Writing up of a preamble for my upgrade document
  11. Submission of the document [bang] on time
  12. Having the upgrade VIVA
  13. PASSING the viva!!! (hooray!)

This last year was extremely significant to my studies and to my personal life. I am now confident to carry on the final stage of this research.

A key thing in all this process has been the support of my Supervisor Melanie Nind, without whom I could never do any of the above.




Update 2008/2009:

I am currently in the beginning of my third year and despite some personal challenges I faced in this period, I managed to submit my Portfolio and my second year final report was approved. Recently I completed the first draft of the Introduction Chapter and made modest but consistent progress in the Methodology Chapter. Now I am working on the Ethics Protocol to enable me to start the fieldwork. My next big target is to be ready for the upgrade (likely in the spring).


I am an MPhil/PhD student, in the very beginning of my research.

I recently finished Peter Clough/Jenny Corbett and am currently reading Julie Allan – and taking notes – having meetings with my supervisor fortnightly, and attending to a Research Training Programme once a week.

Research topic

My research topic embraces three main correlated issues:

  1. Narratives
  2. Special Educational Needs
  3. Inclusive Education

Research questions

The current research major questions are:

·Is Inclusive Education as beneficial to mainstream pupils as to SEN pupils?

·Is Inclusive practice an interdependent learning partnership between all students?

·Are mainstream students satisfied with their inclusive experience?


The research intends to take up the advantages of the use of narratives and biographical research into this investigation, in order to uncover untold “truths” about the constraints to the main focus, which is to promote Inclusive Education, furthermore a widely inclusive society.


Although the research is fully conducted in English, this is not the researcher’s first language. Therefore, the language is a matter in the body of this work, especially considering the research purposes, and the methodologies intended to be used. This journal is also a space to learn and exercise thinking and expressing thoughts in English.

Speaking a second language isn’t just a matter of grammar, spelling or any structural element. It is about meaning, symbolizing, remembering, and furthermore belonging.

Supervision contract