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Research interests

Simon is a Reader in Education. He is also a Centre Associate in the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, an Associate of the Scottish Sensory Centre, University of Edinburgh and Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organisation.

Simon’s current work focuses on qualitative and visual methodologies, visual impairment and education, disability arts, access to cultural heritage and accessible and inclusive technology. He is currently completing a project investigating the use of mobile technologies as tools of inclusion for disabled people in museums, which is sponsored by a Horizon 2020 grant from the European Union. The project is led by VRVis (based in Vienna) and its partners include the Open University, a local museum in Oviedo, national museums in London, Madrid and Vienna and technology companies in Vienna and Belgrade.

Simon has previously conducted research projects in the US, Canada, United Arab Emirates and the UK, and he is currently co-editor of the Routledge book series, Qualitative and Visual Methodologies in Educational Research. He has also won several awards and fellowships, including a Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar's Award and fellowships of the British Computer Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA). Simon has also delivered keynotes and guest lectures for the Royal National Institute of the Blind, the Sidur Museum (Moscow), Manege Central Exhibition Hall (St Petersburg), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the 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 amongst others.


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Areas of Research

  • Qualitative and Visual Methodologies
  • Visual Impairment and Education
  • Disability Arts
  • Inclusive technologies
  • Access to Cultural Heritage
  • Epistemology of Disability

Teaching interests

  • Principles of Methodology
  • Qualitative and Visual Methodology
  • Grounded Methodologies
  • Visual Impairment, Learning and Education
  • Access to Cultural Heritage
  • Accessible and Inclusive Technology
  • Epistemology of Disability
  • Technology and Society

Other responsibilities

  • Director of Public Engagement
  • Admissions Tutor, MA Education
  • Editorial Board, British Journal of Visual Impairment
  • Editorial Board, Social Inclusion

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

1 Sep 19991 Nov 2005

External positions

Temporary Advisor, World Health Organization

1 Dec 201930 Nov 2020

Associate, Scottish Sensory Centre, University of Edinburgh

1 Nov 2019 → …

Centre Associate, London School of Economics

1 Oct 2010 → …


  • qualitative research
  • visual methods
  • visual impairment
  • disability arts
  • mobile technology
  • cultural heritage
  • museums
  • sensory impairment
  • disability
  • inclusive technology
  • inclusion

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Research Output

A participatory approach to the evaluation of participatory museum research projects

Seale, J., Carrizosa, H. G., Rix, J., Sheehy, K. & Hayhoe, S., 3 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Research and Method in Education. p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

In Search of a Decision-Making Framework for Involving Users Who Have Learning Disabilities or Sensory Impairments in the Process of Designing Future Technologies

Seale, J., Carrizosa, H. G., Rix, J., Sheehy, K. & Hayhoe, S., 1 Jan 2020, Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference, FTC 2019 Volume 1. Arai, K., Bhatia, R. & Kapoor, S. (eds.). Springer US, p. 844-861 18 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 1069).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
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Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage EcoSystems (ARCHES) Deliverable 6.5: Evaluation of Pilot Exercises

Hayhoe, S. & Garcia Carrisoza, H., 30 Jun 2019, 4 ed. Vienna: European Commission. 29 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage EcoSystems (ARCHES) Deliverables 2.4: Recommendations, Guidelines & Policy Briefing

Hayhoe, S. & Garcia Carrisoza, H., 28 Jun 2019, 4 ed. Vienna: European Commission. 34 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Another Beautiful Risk? Emergent Data Analysis And Dissemination In Four Participatory Research Groups Within Six Cultural-Heritage Institutions In Three Countries

Rix, J., Garcia Carrisoza, H., Sheehy, K., Seale, J. & Hayhoe, S., 4 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access