Jindal-Snape, Divya

Professor, Personal Chair of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions

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Professor Divya Jindal-Snape is Chair of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions in the School of Education and Social Work. She gained her undergraduate and masters qualifications in India. She taught in an all-through school and lectured in Education for a few years before moving to Japan to do a PhD at the University of Tsukuba. After living in Japan for nearly five and a half years, enjoying research and teaching, she moved to Dundee. Her research interests lie in the field of inclusion, and educational and life transitions. A significant proportion of her work has been with children and young people with additional support needs, especially children and young people with visual impairment, autism, learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural needs, and complex life limiting conditions. Her research has led to creation of educational resources to enhance inclusion and facilitate transitions through drama (inspired by Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed), stories, games and other creative art forms.

Divya Jindal-Snape is Director of the Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions (TCELT) Research Centre. Her research has highlighted the positive, dynamic and complex nature of transitions with the need to understand them as (i) an on-going process that involves moving from one context and set of interpersonal relationships to another, (ii) holistic and dynamic (Education and Life Transitions theory, ELT), (iii) complex multiple and multi-dimensional transitions of significant others and their interaction with an individual’s multiple transitions (Multiple and Multi-dimensional Transitions theory, MMT) including changes in identity,  (iv) requiring on-going support to ensure the wellbeing of the individual and significant others such as their family, peers and professionals. 

She has acted as research consultant for Communities Scotland, Dundee International Women's Centre, Volunteer Development Scotland, Scottish Centre for Research in Community Learning and Development, University of Surrey and Youth Link. She has collaborated on research projects and publications with academics internationally, especially in USA, Nigeria, New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Netherlands, Poland, India, China and Japan.

She is Associate Director, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (University of Edinburgh) and  Adviser for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Divya is interested in doctoral applications in the areas of educational and life transitions, disabilities, inclusion.


  • Transitions
  • Research Methods
  • Reflective Practice
  • Doctoral Supervision


Research Interests: 

Research Funding:

  • UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
  • AHRC doctoral studentships
  • Includem
  • Sistema Scotland
  • Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)
  • QAA Scotland
  • Erasmus+
  • Scottish Universities Insight Institute
  • NHS Education for Scotland (NES)/Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC)
  • Glasgow Centre for Population Health
  • Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)
  • Volunteer Development Scotland
  • Youth Link
  • Equibuddy
  • University of Surrey
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS)
  • Japanese Ministry of Education
  • Itochu Foundation, Japan
  • Giving Age
  • SHEFC Strand Four Wider Access Development Funding
  • DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation Award
  • Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Award
  • Communities Scotland
  • Scottish Government
  • Perth & Kinross Council
  • The British Academy
  • Perth & Kinross Council, Children's Services

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tsukuba

Master of Education, Meerut University

Bachelor of Education, Meerut University

Master of Economics, Meerut University

Bachelor of Arts, Meerut University

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Research Output 1994 2018

Adolescents and health-related behaviour: using a framework to develop interventions to support positive behaviours

Pringle, J., Doi, L., Jindal-Snape, D., Jepson, R. & McAteer, J., 2 Apr 2018, In : Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 4, 1, p. 69 10 p., 69.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Health Behavior
Peer Group
Adolescent Behavior
Adolescent Health
Feasibility Studies

Children's Transitions to Secondary School: getting it right for the teachers too

Cantali, D. & Jindal-Snape, D., 18 May 2018, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

secondary school
primary school
Open Access
Theoretical Models
Biological Science Disciplines

Impact of arts participation on children’s achievement: A systematic literature review

Jindal-Snape, D., Davies, D., Scott, R., Robb, A., Murray, C. & Harkins, C., Sep 2018, In : Thinking Skills and Creativity. 29, p. 59-70 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

academic achievement
art education
public investment


11 Chronic Warriors Who Changed the Perception of Chronic Illness in 2017

Divya Jindal-Snape (Recipient), 23 Dec 2017

Prize: National/international honour

Chronic Illness

Multiple and Multi-dimensional Transitions from trainee to trained doctor: A qualitative longitudinal study in the UK'

Divya Jindal-Snape (Recipient), Jill Morrison (Recipient), Lisi Gordon (Recipient), Charlotte Rees (Recipient), Gillian Needham (Recipient) & Sabina Siebert (Recipient), 26 Apr 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Longitudinal Studies

Activities 1999 2018

British Journal of Special Education (Journal)

Divya Jindal-Snape (Peer reviewer)
7 Jun 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Peer reviewer for The Millennium Science Initiative, Social Sciences Nuclei Application

Divya Jindal-Snape (Reviewer)
Jan 2018 → …

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

International Journal of Intercultural Relations (Journal)

Divya Jindal-Snape (Peer reviewer)
11 Oct 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

EVALUATE project external expert

Divya Jindal-Snape (Consultant)
11 Jul 201814 Jul 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Policy Press (Publisher)

Divya Jindal-Snape (Peer reviewer)
19 Jun 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Press / Media

Fibromyalgia and Us

Divya Jindal-Snape & Damon Herd


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Launch of Dundee Children's University

Divya Jindal-Snape


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

Press Release for new book

Divya Jindal-Snape & Elizabeth Hannah


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research



An exploration into the experiences of police officers who investigate child protection cases and secondary traumatic stress

Author: MacEachern, A., 2011

Supervisor: Jindal-Snape, D. (Supervisor) & Jackson, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


An exploration of strategies used by Malaysian secondary school teachers to promote positive behaviour: professionals’ and pupils’ perspectives

Author: Awang, M., 2012

Supervisor: Jindal-Snape, D. (Supervisor) & Barber, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


"Are they ready? Will they cope?" An exploration of the journey from pre-school to school for children with additional support needs who had their school entry delayed

Author: Gorton, H., 2013

Supervisor: Jindal-Snape, D. (Supervisor) & Hannah, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Educational Psychology