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Lorella Terzi


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Lorella Terzi is Professor of Philosophy of Education and the Director of the Philosophy of Education Research Centre (PERC). A philosopher by training, Lorella is interested in the application of contemporary liberal political philosophy to educational questions.

After reading Philosophy and Pedagogy (Major: Theoretical Philosophy) at the University of Bologna, Italy, Lorella obtained a Master's and PhD in Philosophy of Education from the UCL Institute of Education. She held a Visiting Research Fellowship at King's College, London, in 2007, and was awarded a Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) Junior Research Grant (2007) and two Small Research Grants from the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (2008, 2013, 2017, 2019).

Lorella is an elected Fellow of the Human Development and Capabilities Association (HDCA), and has served for two consecutive terms on the Executive Committee of the Society for Applied Philosophy (2007-2011). She is a member of the Advisory Editorial Board for the British Journal of Special Education; Support for Learning and the Journal for Research in Special Educational Needs. She is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Journal of Disability Studies and of Frontiers.

Lorella is the author of Justice and Equality in Education, Continuum (2008 and 2010), Winner of the 2011 Nasen Award 'The Special Educational Needs Academic Book'. Her edited volume, Special Educational Needs: A New Look, by Brahm Norwich and Baroness Mary Warnock, 2010, was Highly Recommended by the Jury of the 2011 Nasen Award 'The Special Educational Needs Academic Book', and is available from Continuum, London and New York. Its Japanese translation can be obtained from Tuttle-Mori. Lorella has co-edited a special issue of Studies in Philosophy and Education on 'Capabilities and Education' with Geoff Hinchliffe (2008). Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Applied Philosophy, Theory and Research in Education, the Journal of Philosophy of Education, the Journal of Special Education and The Italian Journal of Disability Studies. She is the author of numerous book chapters published in international edited collections.

Contact Details:

Froebel College, School of Education, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PJ


BA (First Class Hons), MA, PhD

Research interests

Lorella's work in applied philosophy is situated within contemporary liberal political philosophy and its application to education and public policy.

Her published research has mainly focused on theories of educational justice, specifically in relation to provision for students with disability and special educational needs, and on disability, inclusion and the design of just social and educational arrangements. Her 2008 monograph, Justice and Equality in Education, applies Amartya Sen's Capability Approach to the contentious question of just educational provision for students with disabilities.

Lorella is currently investigating questions of educational excllence aboth at normative and policy levels.

Professional affiliations

  • Society for Applied Philosophy (SAP)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA)
  • Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)
  • Society for Philosophy and Disability
  • British Philosophical Association (BPA)
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