Associate Professor in Special Education and Educational Psychology, Monash University

Umesh Sharma is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia where he is the Academic Head of the Educational Psychology and Inclusive Education Community. He is the chief co-editor of the Australasian Journal of Special Education and the 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 received the Zero award for outstanding policy development from the United Nations in Vienna, 2016. His main areas of research are: positive behaviour support, inclusive education for disadvantaged children and policy and practice in special and inclusive education.


  • 2013–present
    Associate professor, Monash University


  • 2002 
    Monash University, Special Education and Inclusive Education

Professional Memberships

  • Member Australian Psychological Society, Member American Psychological Association