Dr Paul Lynch

Dr Paul Lynch

School of Education
Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Paul joined the Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs Department (DISN) at the University of Birmingham where he held a post as Research Fellow for 10 years. He has been conducting commissioned research for Sightsavers into the educational and social inclusion of children with disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa since 2006. He has conducted different types of qualitative, ethnographic research into the lives of children with visual impairment and has developed an increasingly strong interest in the cultures, beliefs and histories of children and young people with disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa (e.g. children with albinism). He also has a strong interest in using participatory action research to better understand early childhood development, education and disability in the Global South (principally sub-Saharan countries). 

Paul is currently running a three year ESRC/DFID funded project into early childhood development, education and disability in Malawi.


  • PhD (Queens University Belfast).
  • MSc (Trinity College Dublin)
  • B Ed (Hons.) Middlesex
  • Maitrise (Paris VII)


Upon successful completion of a Masters at Trinity College Dublin (2000), Paul applied to Queen’s University Belfast to take a PhD and was fortuitous in winning a three year scholarship from the Northern Ireland Department of Education. He has carried out a series of consultancies for the Department for International Development (DFID) in Ghana specifically aimed at working closely with the Ministry of Education and Science to develop an ICT and SEN policy as well as an Inclusive Education strategy. 


Paul is the lead tutor on the International Studies in Education and Management of Special Education in Developing Countries programmes

He contributes to postgraduate research methods and facilitates a session on assistive technology for visually impaired people as part of the Distance Education Mandatory Qualification in Visual Impairment.

Postgraduate supervision

Paul welcomes students who are interested in the following areas:

  • Early childhood development and education
  • Education of children with visual impairments in developing countries
  • Education of children with disabilities in developing countries
  • Assessment of young children with developmental delay and disabilities 


Other activities

Paul is external examiner for the Certificate in Higher Education ‘Working with people with visual impairment’ at Worcester University and for the MA in Special Needs at the School of Education, University of Nottingham (and Malaysia campus).

He is a member of the British Association of International and comparative education (BAICE) and the Early Childhood Development Thematic Forum (ECDtf).



Selected publications

McLinden, M., Douglas, G., Hewett, R.,Cobb, R., & Lynch, P. (2017). Facilitating Participation in Education: The Distinctive Role of the Specialist Teacher in Supporting Learners with Vision Impairment in Combination with Severe and Profound and Multiple Learning DifficultiesJournal of Blindness Innovation and Research, 7(2). 

Gladstone, M., Lynch, P, McLinden et  al. (2017) ‘Maybe I will give some help…. maybe not to help the eyes but different help’: an analysis of care and support of children with visual impairment in community settings in Malawi. Child: Care, Health and Development. View abstract http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cch.12462/abstract

Yousafzai, A, Lynch, P., and Gladstone, M. (2014). Moving beyond prevalence studies: Screening and interventions for children with disabilities in low and middle income countries. Archives of Disease in Childhood. DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2012-302066

Lynch, P., Lund, P. and Massah, B. (2014). Identifying strategies to enhance the educational inclusion of visually impaired children with albinism in Malawi. International Journal of Educational Development, Volume 39, 216–224.

Lynch, P., McLinden, M., McCall, S., Douglas, G., Muturi, M., Bayo, A., Mwaura, M and Muga, J. (2012). Developing participatory approaches for use in an action research project with teachers who support children with visual impairment in Kenya and Uganda: reflections on the relational praxis between participants and research institutions. Research in Comparative and International Education, Volume, 7(3), 282-295.

Lynch, P., McCall, S., Douglas, G., McLinden, M. and Bayo, A. (2011a). Inclusive educational practices in Uganda: evidencing practice of itinerant teachers who work with children with visual impairment in local mainstream schools. The International Journal of Inclusive Education, Volume 15(10), 1119-1134.

Lynch, P., McCall, S., Douglas, G. McLinden, M., Mogesa, B., Mwaura, M., Muga, J and Njoroge, M.  (2011b). Inclusive educational practices in Kenya: evidencing practice of itinerant teachers who work with children with visual impairment in local mainstream schools, The International Journal of Educational Development, Volume 31, 478-488. 

Lynch, P. & McCal, S. (2010). Impact of Educational Inclusion on Children with Visual Impairment in Malawi, The Educator, 22, 2.

Gentile, J., Lynch, P., Robertson. C., Jahn, J. & Rischewski, D. (2009) A Review of support strategies for children and youth with disabilities in post-primary education in developing countries.

Lynch, P. & McCall, S. (2008) Educating children with visual impairment in Africa, Institute of Development studies 2, No.68.

Lynch, P., & McCall, S. (2007) The Itinerant Teachers’ Role in Educational Inclusion of Children with Low Vision in Local Schools in Africa. The Educator.

Lynch, P., & McCall, S. (2007) The role of itinerant teachers. Community Eye Health Journal.

Lynch, P & Casely-Hayford, L (2004) ICT Based Solutions for Special Educational Needs in Ghana, DFID, London.

Lynch, P & Casely-Hayford, L (2004) A Review of Good Practice in ICT and Special Educational Needs in Africa, DFID, London.