Jindal-Snape, Divya

Professor, Personal Chair of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions

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Professor Divya Jindal-Snape (FAcSS) is Personal Chair of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions in the Division of Education and Society, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, at the University of Dundee. She gained her undergraduate and masters qualifications in India. She taught in an all-through school and lectured in Education at Meerut University for a few years before moving to Japan to do a PhD at the University of Tsukuba. After that she moved to work at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Her research expertise is in the field of inclusion, educational and life transitions, creativity, health education, voice and comics. 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, comics and other creative art forms.

Divya Jindal-Snape is Director of the Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions (TCELT) Research Centre and leads on the International Network of Transitions Researchers (TCELT-INTR @TceltIntr). She is theme lead for Education and Life Transitions. Her research has highlighted the positive, dynamic and complex nature of transitions with the need to understand them as (i)
on-going process of psychological, social and educational adaptation (ii) over time, (iii) due to changes in context, interpersonal relationships and identity, (iv) which can be both exciting and worrying, at the same time, and (v) require on-going support to ensure the wellbeing of the individual and their significant others, such as family, peers and professionals.


Her research-based transitions theories are:

  1. Education and Life Transitions (ELT) Theory
  2. Multiple and Multi-dimensional Transitions (MMT) Theory


Divya Jindal-Snape is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Educational and Life Transitions, an international, interdisciplinary, peer reviewed journal which publishes articles and multimedia outputs of interest to researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in the field of educational and life transitions across the world. The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on each publication.


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 internationally, for example in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Romania, France, Spain, Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, India, China and Japan.


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


Divya was a member of the UK REF 2021, Unit of Assessment 23: Education subpanel and its Interdisciplinary Research Advisor.


Funded by the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, she was Visiting Senior Researcher at Waseda University, Japan from 31st October to 30th November 2022.


She has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at Universitas Sriwijaya, Indonesia.


Divya is interested in doctoral applications in the areas of educational (all educational stages) and life transitions, complex health conditions and disabilities, inclusion, health education and creativity.


  • Educational and life transitions 
  • Systematic literature review
  • Research ethics
  • Visual and creative methods of data collection
  • Inclusion
  • Doctoral Supervision


Research Expertise:

  • Educational Transitions: Nursery to university transitions (see educational resources to facilitate transitions)
  • Life Transitions (e.g., bereavement, life limiting conditions)
  • Inclusion (see educational resources to enhance understanding of diversity and disability)
  • Health Care and Health Education
  • Educational Comics
  • Creativity
  • Voice
  • Additional Support Needs
  • Disabilities
  • Systematic Literature Reviews
  • Visual Methods


Research Funding:

  • Innovate UK (Accelerated Knowledge Transfer to Innovate, AKT2I)
  • Tenovus Scotland
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • 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

Research interests

Undertaking research on COVID-19 to address the current coronavirus pandemic.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Generalisation and maintenance of social skills of children with visual impairment: Effectiveness of self-management procedures, University of Tsukuba

Award Date: 3 Mar 1997

Master of Education, Ch. Charan Singh University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1988

Bachelor of Education, Ch. Charan Singh University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Master of Economics, Ch. Charan Singh University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1986

Bachelor of Arts, Ch. Charan Singh University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1984


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