Lorella Terzi

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Lorella Terzi is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Research Degrees Leader in the School of Education. A philosopher by training, Lorella is interested in the normative questions raised by educational policy and practice, with a particular attention to questions of justice, equality, and inclusion.

Lorella has written about questions of disability, justice, and the capability approach. Her publications include Justice and Equality in Education, Continuum (2008 and 2010), Winner of the 2011 Nasen Award 'The Special Educational Needs Academic Book' and the edited volume, Special Educational Needs: A New Look, by Brahm Norwich and Baroness Mary Warnock, Continuum, London and New York, and Tuttle-Mori (Japanese translation).

Lorella is a member of the Advisory Council of Music of Life, a charity aimed at offering music provision for all children with special educational needs and disabilities.

She 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), Lorella 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 Editorial Board of the Journal of Philosophy of Disability and of Frontiers In Education (Special Educational Needs).


After reading Philosophy and Pedagogy (Major: Theoretical Philosophy) at the University of Bologna, Italy, Lorella obtained her Master's and PhD in Philosophy of Education from the Institute of Education, London (now the UCL Institute of Education). She held a Visiting Research Fellowship at King's College, London, in 2007, and she has been affiliated with the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy, and Applied Psychology at the University of Padova, Italy since 2018.

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 is situated at the intersection of contemporary liberal political philosophy and education and public policy. Her research interests include:

  • Theories of educational justice and equality
  • Inclusion and inclusive education
  • Disability and Special Educational Needs 
  • The Capability Approach 
  • Educational excellence
  • Child Poverty and education


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)

External positions

2017, University of Padoa

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