I am currently a Reader in Education and Disability Studies. I work in the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, which sits within Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University.
My research and teaching focused on disability, gender and the body, with a critical eye on developmental discourse.
My doctoral (PhD) research focused particularly on the experiences of young disabled people. I have recently published my PhD research in a book, Youth and Disability: A Challenge to Mr Reasonable. You can read a review of the book, here, and download a half price voucher for the book, here (applicable if bought through the linked Ashgate website).
My current research is a project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council called Around the Toilet. In this project we are asking what makes a safe and accessible toilet space, thinking particularly around gender and disability. I’m really happy to be working on this project with some brilliant organisations: Action for Trans Health, Queer of the Unknown Arts Collective, and disability sound artist Gemma Nash from Drake Music.
I teach on the BA (Hons) in Education Studies and the BA (Hons) in Education, Psychology and Counselling. I teach mainly around issues of social justice and in/exclusion within educational settings. I have recently finished writing a forthcoming chapter on teaching critically around issues of ‘inclusion’ for the brilliant Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies series with a colleague, Liz Chapman (pre-order here).