Mara Westling Allodi researches and teaches in the field of Special Education. She was awarded a PhD in Education in 2003 at Stockholm University, for a thesis with the title: Support and resistance: ambivalence in Special Education. Her main research interests are the emotional and psycho-social aspects of learning, and the study, development and change of learning environments and organizations. Actual topical issues are the effects of policies of performance measurement and accountability on educational organizations and the meaning and causes of gender differences in school performance and school failure. She is interested in multidisciplinary and mixed-method approaches and has experience of systematic reviews' methods. Westling Allodi contributed to the Delegation for Gender Equality in School with a literature review on boys’ and girls’ well-being in school. She is working with a teaching project for students in Special Education programs with virtual students' plans, funded by Future Learn at Stockholm University and with a sytematic review of research on the theme of Learning Technology för students with special educational needs. Westling Allodi has years of experience in the educational field as a teacher and special educational needs teacher in inclusive settings. She was made Docent in 2008 and became Professor of Special Education in 2011. Mara Westling Allodi teaches and supervises at the postgraduate programs in Special Educational Needs, and at master and doctoral courses in Special Education.
Allodi, M. W. (2010). Goals and values in school: a model developed for describing, evaluating and changing the social climate of learning environments. Social Psychology of Education, 13(2), 207-235.
Allodi, M. W. (2010). The Meaning of Social Climate of Learning Environments: Some Reasons Why We Do Not Care Enough about It. Learning Environments Research, 13(2), 89-104.
Allodi, M. W. (2010). Pojkars och flickors psykiska hälsa i skolan: en kunskapsöversikt. SOU 2010:79. Delegationen för Jämställdhet i skolan DEJA Rapport IX, Stockholm
Gustafsson, J-E., Allodi Westling, M., Alin Åkerman, B., Eriksson, C., Eriksson, L., Fischbein, S., Granlund, M., Gustafsson, P., Ljungdahl, S., Ogden, T., Persson, R. S. (2010). School, Learning and Mental Health. A systematic review. Stockholm: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Allodi, M. W. & Fischbein, S. (2012). Teachers' perceptions of work environment in Swedish Junior-High Schools. Accepted in: Research in Comparative and International Education.