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Research interests

Simon is a reader in the Department of Education and admissions tutor for the MA Education. He is also a centre research associate in the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics. Prior to his post in Bath, Simon was Programme Director for the MA Special Needs and Inclusion and supervisor for the EdD Special Educational Needs cohort at Canterbury Christ Church University, and a member of Faculty at Sharjah Women’s College, UAE.

Simon’s current work focuses on the epistemology of disability and ability, with special reference to education, inclusion, technology and the arts. His other research interests include inclusive and assistive technology (specialising in mobile technologies), religion and disability - with a focus on Christianity and Islam - and museums and disability. He is also currently involved in an international project investigating the use of mobile technologies as tools of inclusion for disabled people in museum environments. This project is sponsored by a Horizon 2020 grant from the European Union. The research is partnered with TreeLogic (based in Madrid), the Open University, and numerous museums, associations and companies in London, Madrid and Vienna.

Simon has also previously conducted projects in this field in the US, Canada, United Arab Emirates and the UK. He has also won a number of awards in his field, including a Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar's Award for a fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA) and he was a finalist in the London 2012's Great Briton's Prize. Simon has also delivered guest lectures at the Sidur Museum (Moscow), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Institute of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Harvard University, London School of Economics, MIT, University of California Berkeley, Vrije Universiteit (Brussels) and the Government of the Province of Milan.

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Areas of Research

  • Blindness
  • Visual art and culture
  • Inclusive technologies
  • Epistemology of disability
  • Museum accessibility

Teaching interests

  •  Disability and Visual Impairment
  • Assistive and Inclusive Technology
  • Philosophy of methodology
  • Grounded Theory / Grounded Methodology
  • Educational Technology
  • Technology and Society

Other responsibilities

  • Admissions Tutor, MA Education
  • Editorial Board, British Journal of Visual Impairment
  • Member, British Computer Society's Karen Burt Committee
  • Board Member, Blind With Camera (Mumbai)
  • Fulbright Alumni / Peer Reviewer for Fulbright Applications
  • Member, Educational Mentorship Board, STEM Champions
  • Member, The Society for Philosophy and Disability

External positions

Centre Research Associate, Centre for the Philosophy of Natural & Social Science, London School of Economics & Political Science


  • sensory impairment
  • blindness
  • deafness
  • arts
  • mobile technology
  • cultural heritage
  • museums
  • ICT
  • disability

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Projects 2016 2019

NCCE - SW Partnership: National Centre for Computing Education - South West Partnership

Hayhoe, S. & Davenport, J.


Project: Central government, health and local authoritiesTransfer (professional training)

Dr Simon Hayhoe - Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage EcoSystems

Hayhoe, S.


Project: EU CommissionInternational Collaboration

cultural heritage

Founding a Community of Practice for Sensing Culture Through Inclusive Capital

Hayhoe, S.


Project: UK charityScientific event

Research Output 1995 2018

Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage EcoSystems (ARCHES): Initial Observations from the Fieldwork

Hayhoe, S., Garcia Carrizosa, H., Rix, J., Sheehy, K. & Seale, J., 13 Nov 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access

Accessible Vacations (I): Twelve US Cities

Hayhoe, S., 8 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) 1 ed. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access

Accessible Vacations (II): Twelve US National Parks

Hayhoe, S., 8 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Approaches for Conducting Research with Disabled Students

Hayhoe, S., 14 Feb 2018

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

A proposal for a unified framework for the design of technologies for people with learning difficulties

Seale, J., Garcia-Carrisoza, H., Rix, J., Sheehy, K. & Hayhoe, S., 5 Sep 2018, Technology and Disability, 30, 2, p. 25-40 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle