Funded PhD Opportunity: Contextualising bullying and ‘vulnerability’ in the lives of LGBT and/or disabled young people

Sheffield Hallam University is offering PhD funding. I am part of the supervisor team for the below project, along with El Formby and Karen Dunn. Feel free to get in touch with me or El (whose email address is on the linked document) for more information/a conversation before application. We have a vibrant Disability Studies PhD community and it would be great to keep it growing!

NB: the link to information regarding all studentships at Sheffield Hallam is here. Scroll down and click the link under the ‘SIOE’ heading to see all projects specific to ‘education’.

Contextualising bullying and ‘vulnerability’ in the lives of LGBT and/or disabled young people

Anti-bullying practice and advocacy often understands certain ‘types’ of young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) and disabled young people, as being ‘at risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ to bullying. At the same time, youth work provision and other support services are increasingly subject to ‘targeted’ (rather than universal) work. Such approaches essentialise and individualise ‘vulnerability’ as something ‘within’ a person, rather than a product of socio-cultural-political contexts. Combining our backgrounds in critical disability studies, critical psychology, and sociology, we are interested in proposals that examine and critique the notion of ‘vulnerability’, and how it is constructed and enacted in education and (youth) service provision. The suggested research approach is qualitative, within which artsbased and/or participatory methods could be adopted.

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