Leonard Cheshire Development Centre

Marcella Deluca

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Marcella Deluca

Email: marcella.deluca@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 3045

Internal: 53045

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Marcella Deluca is a Senior Research Fellow at the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL. As an Inclusive Education specialist, her role involves research and project management in the field of Equity and Access to education and training, as well as in the fields of disability, international development and poverty reduction. Marcella has worked extensively on evaluation of projects and programmes that provide services to persons with disabilities, particularly children. Emphasis of her work is on review and analysis of inclusive educational data through the OECD and related international organisations.

Marcella has experience in evidence-based project design, management and implementation as well as in conducting both quantitative and qualitative research, in designing and conducting data collection (e.g. electronic questionnaires, reference documentation, site visits, country case studies). She has honed her skills in creating and maintaining collaborative multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary partnerships involving various stakeholders. Marcella is also skilled in co-ordinating and actively contributing to the organisation of meetings, conferences and workshops globally (e.g. US, LAC, Europe, Japan) and travelled widely studying and discussing capacity building in EU/OECD countries. In collaboration with colleagues and external experts,

Marcella also has experience working with developing countries such as countries of the Organisation of American States (OAS), South Eastern Europe and more recently Sierra Leone and Tanzania. Some of this work includes: 1) The development of internationally comparable statistics and indicators on students with disabilities, learning difficulties and disadvantages (SENDDD); 2) Supporting the capacity building and training of persons with disabilities to participate in research; 4) Undertaking research-based consultancies in collaboration with international agencies such as UNICEF, ILO and EMCDDA. Marcella therefore has extensive experience of working at the interface of research into policy and practice. 

Selected Publications

Deluca, M. (2013) The dawn of inclusive education: how excluded children became like their peers 1969-1975 [L'alba dell'integrazione scolastica: come i bambini esclusi diventarono uguali agli altri (1969-1975)] Carocci editore: Rome

Deluca, M., Alunni con Disabilita’ e Bisogni Educativi Speciali, chapter ‘Gli alunni con disabilita’ nella scuola italiana: Bilancio e Proposte. Trento: Erickson 2011.

Deluca, M., Inclusive Education in Italy: an Overview, chapter ‘A Long Walk to School: Global perspectives on inclusive education’. Rotterdam: Sense Publications, 2010.

OECD/European Communities (2009) Students with Disabilities, Learning Difficulties and Disadvantages in the Baltic States, South Eastern Europe and Malta: Educational Policies and Indicators. Paris, OECD. (Authors: M Deluca, CRELL & P Evans, OECD)

Deluca, M., Stillings C., Targeting resources to students with special educational needs: National differences in policy and practice, European Education Research Journal, 2008

Students with Disabilities, Learning Difficulties and Disadvantages, Policies, Statistics and Indicators, OECD 2007.

Students with Disabilities, Learning Difficulties and Disadvantages - Statistics and Indicators, OECD 2005.

B.W.LeRoy, N.Kulik, C.Tamassia, P.Evans, M.Deluca, C.Robson, PISA 2003 and the participation of students with special educational needs - a descriptive study, September 2005.

Equity in Education - Students with Disabilities, Learning Difficulties and Disadvantages, OECD 2004.

Education Policy Analysis, OECD 2003, chapter 1, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

P.Evans, M.Deluca, Disability and Gender in Primary Education, EFA Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO, 2003/4.

P.Evans and M.Deluca, Integrating handicapped students in secondary education. L’intégration des élèves handicapés dans les enseignements du second degré in La nouvelle revue de l’AIS (Adaptation et Intégration Scolaires) Dossier UPI 21(1) 2003.

Education at a Glance, OECD, Chapters on Indicator 1998; 2000; 2001