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Personal profile


Umesh Sharma is Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He is the Head of the Educational Psychology and Inclusive and Special Education Community.


Umesh is working closely with a number of professionals in the field of special and inclusive education from both developed (Canada, USA, UK, Singapore,Italy, Germany and Hong Kong) and developing countries (India, China, Bangladesh, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands).

He is the chief co-editor of the Australasian Journal of Special Education andthe Oxford Encyclopedia of Inclusive and Special Education.  He has authored over 100 academic articles, book chapters and edited books that focus on various aspects of inclusive education. His recently co-authored book “A Guide to Promoting a Positive Classroom Environment” was the recipient of the International Book Prize Award from the Exceptionality Education International.  He has also received several awards for his contribution to academia including the Dean’s award for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration in 2012; the Dean’s Award for Research Impact (Economic and Social) in 2016; and, the Dean’s Award for Research Enterprise in 2017. His project on the development of the Pacific Indicators for Inclusive Education (Pacific INDIE http://www.monash.edu/education/research/projects/pacific-indie/)  received the Zero award for outstanding policy development at the United Nations Office in Vienna in 2016. 


Research interests

Attitude and concern measurement; Positive behaviour Support; Inclusive curricular strategies; Inclusive education in developing countries; Teacher efficacy to implement inclusive education


  • Inclusive Education
  • special education
  • attitude measurement
  • disability studies
  • Teacher Education

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Projects 2006 2018

Research Output 2003 2018

Are we included? Secondary students’ perception of inclusion climate in their schools

Schwab, S., Sharma, U. & Loreman, T. 1 Oct 2018 In : Teaching and Teacher Education. 75, p. 31-39 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

How do we measure implementation of inclusive education in the Pacific Islands? A process for developing and validating disability-inclusive indicators

Sharma, U., Jitoko, F., Macanawai, S. & Forlin, C. 8 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Personalised learning and support: inclusive classrooms for students with additional needs

Sharma, U. & Salend, S. 2018 Melbourne Vic Australia: Department of Education and Training (VIC). 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOther

Open Access

Preparing to teach in inclusive classrooms

Sharma, U. May 2018 Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Noblit, G. W. (ed.). Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, p. 1-22 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


2015 Outstanding author contribution award

Umesh Sharma (Recipient), 31 Oct 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration

Umesh Sharma (Recipient), 30 Nov 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Research Entreprise

Umesh Sharma (Recipient), 31 Aug 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean’s Award for Research Impact (Economic and Social Impact)

Umesh Sharma (Recipient), 30 Jun 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Exceptionality Education International Book Prize Award 2015

Umesh Sharma (Recipient), 12 Jun 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2008 2016

  • 6 Contribution to conference
  • 5 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

The Inclusive Education Summit

Sharma, U. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
8 Jul 201610 Jul 2016

Activity: Contribution to conference

2nd International Symposium on Inclusive Education

Sharma, U. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
9 Jan 201511 Jan 2015

Activity: Contribution to conference

Predicting the future of special education beyond 2030

Sharma, U. (Contributor)
21 May 201522 May 2015

Activity: Public lecture/debate/seminar

Oxford University Press (Publisher)

Sharma, U. (Editor in chief)
30 Aug 2015 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Australasian Journal of Special Education (Journal)

Sharma, U. (Editor in chief)
30 Jun 2015 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility