Professor Karen Guldberg - SAAS
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Professor Karen Guldberg

Director of the Autism Centre for Education and Research - University of Birmingham

Dr Karen Guldberg is Professor in Autism Studies, Director of the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) and Head of the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) at the School of Education, University of Birmingham.


Karen’s research and teaching focuses on autism studies in education, and on inclusive practice in education and provision. Karen’s most recent publications include the book Developing Excellence in Autism Practice: Making a Difference in Education (Routledge). The book gives an overview and synthesis of current knowledge of relevance to the development of excellence in autism education.


Karen has been Principal-Investigator (P-I) or Co-Investigator (C-I) on 30 research or Knowledge Exchange projects. Recent research includes leading a strategic partnership to research and develop good autism educational practice in Greece and Italy and conducting research for the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) on how to improve autism education in Qatar. In the last year, she has worked with her team to investigate educational exclusion of children and young people with autism from education, as well as undertake research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on autistic children, young people and their families.


Karen led the development of the Autism Education Trust (AET) partnership school-based training as well as the adaptation of this to Early Years. Over 270,000 educators have now completed this professional development programme. She is currently working in partnership with the AET on the re-development of these materials.

Sessions by Professor Karen Guldberg

Day 2 - November 18, 2021
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Autism Excellence and the Challenges and Opportunities of Post-Pandemic Landscape