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Dr Caroline Jagoe
Assistant Professor, Clinical Speech and Language Studies


My background is in speech & language therapy, where my work has focused on communication access for adults with communication disabilities. Interdisciplinary is at the heart of my work which is uniquely situated at the intersection of disability inclusion, speech and language therapy and linguistic pragmatics. The thread of ‘inclusive societies’ runs through my research: from a micro-focus on participation in conversations involving people with communication disability, extending to a macro-focus on disability inclusion in humanitarian and development settings. My work on rights-based inclusion of people with disability (particularly communication disability) in humanitarian contexts, crosses several countries in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia: as an invited collaborator on a project addressing disability inclusion in gender-based violence interventions in Iraq; as PI in a collaborative project with United Nations World Food Programme addressing disability inclusion in food security programming; and as co-lead of an international project on communication access to healthcare for people following stroke. I believe that climate justice must take an inclusive approach and I bring inclusive research methods to interdisciplinary collaboration.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jagoe, C., McDonald, C., Rivas, M., & Groce, N. Direct participation of people with communication disabilities in research on poverty and disabilities in low and middle income countries: A critical review. Plos one, 16(10), e0258575. Research Paper, 2021

Kong, A. P. H., Chan, K. P. Y., & Jagoe, C. Systematic Review of Training Communication Partners of Chinese-speaking Persons With Aphasia. Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation, 100152. Research Paper, 2021

Jagoe, C. & Wharton, T. Meaning non-verbally: the neglected corners of the bi-dimensional continuum communication in people with aphasia. Journal of Pragmatics, 178, 21-30. Research Paper, 2021, DOI

Williams, G. L., Wharton, T., & Jagoe, C. Mutual (Mis) understanding: Reframing Autistic Pragmatic “Impairments” Using Relevance Theory. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 1277. Research Paper, 2021

Shiggins, C., Soskolne, V., Olenik, D., Pearl, G., Haaland-Johansen, L., Isaksen, J., Jagoe, C., McMenamin, R. and Horton, S. Towards an asset-based approach to promoting and sustaining well-being for people with aphasia and their families: an international exploratory study. Aphasiology, 34(1), 70-101 Research Paper, 2020, DOI

Jagoe, C. & Walsh, I.P. Communication and mental health disorders: Developing theory, growing practice. UK: J&R Press (ISBN978-1-907826-28-3) Book, 2020

Trebilcock, M., Worrall, L., Ryan, B., Shrubsole, K., Jagoe, C., Simmons-Mackie, N., Bright, F., Cruice, M., Pritchard, M. and Le Dorze, G. Increasing the intensity and comprehensiveness of aphasia services: identification of key factors influencing implementation across six countries. Aphasiology, 33(7), 865-887 Research Paper, 2019, DOI

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Research Paper, 2018, DOI

Jagoe, C. Disruption of pragmatics in adulthood. In L. Cummings (Ed.) Research in Clinical Pragmatics. Springer-Verlag: Switzerland. Book, 2017, DOI

Jagoe, C. & Smith, M. Balancing multimodality and relevance. In M. Smith & J. Murray (Eds). The silent partner? Language learning and language use in aided communication. London, J&R Press Book Chapter, 2017, DOI

Jagoe, C. Collaborative meaning-making in delusional talk as a search for mutual manifestness: A relevance theory approach. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, 6(1), 53 Research Paper, 2015

Research Expertise


My research interests centre on disability inclusion within humanitarian and development programmes. I am interested both in how and why inclusion works (or doesn't work) within these contexts, and in building contextually relevant and acceptable programmes that are responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities. Of particular interest is inclusive methodology, ensuring that marginalised groups are represented in the research that affects them. For people with communication disabilities, who may not use the privileged form of verbal communication, adjustments in methods is essential. These methods will ensure that research in climate justice appropriately include all people affected by the climate crisis, including those with disabilities who are some of those most at risk of the effects of climate change.


Awards and Honours

Guest member of the Dochas Disability Inclusion Working Group 2019 - present

Global Engagement Officer, Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists 2018 - present

PhD Clinical Speech and Language Studies, Trinity College Dublin 2013