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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. 

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 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.


Research Expertise:

  • Educational Transitions: Nursery to university transitions
  • Life Transitions (e.g., bereavement, life limiting conditions)
  • Inclusion 
  • Health Education Comics
  • Creativity
  • Voice
  • Additional Support Needs
  • Disabilities
  • Systematic Literature Reviews
  • Visual Methods 

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
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  • Transitions
  • Research Methods
  • Reflective Practice
  • Doctoral Supervision

Media availability

I am available for media commentary on my research.

Professor Jindal-Snape’s research centres on educational and life transitions, inclusion, creative approaches, voice, and education across all stages and professions, including health education. She also creates educational resources, e.g., comics, story books, games, films and drama to facilitate transitions and inclusion.

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Areas of expertise

  • Accessibility/disability
  • Education


Award Year
Engagement Project of the Year 2021
Commendation for Engagement Project of the Year 2020



Using drama to support pupils’ transitions from primary to secondary school: interface between scholarship, research and practice

Published on 9 November 2022

Creating Public Information Comics artwork by Jack Brougham
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Impact case study

Research into comics has led to new partnerships and publications tackling issues of public interest.

Published on 17 May 2022