Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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Dr Andrea Hollomotz

Lecturer in Disability and Crime

In 2002 I moved to the UK from Germany to study social work. However, my early practice experiences left me disillusioned, as I realized the detrimental effect that inadequate policy and practice guidelines can have on real lives.

I was particularly frustrated by the limited autonomy adult protection policies would grant to individuals concerned to be involved in their own safeguarding. This inspired my PhD, which sought to give a holistic explanation of the causes of ‘sexual vulnerability’ in adults with intellectual disability.

After completing my MA Disability Studies and PhD at the University of Leeds I lectured at Manchester Metropolitan University for three years, before returning to Leeds in 2012.

I am on the editorial board for Disability & Society and I am regularly engaged in peer reviewing for a range of further academic journals. I am on the faculty ethics board and I have furthermore been invited to join the ESRC’s new Capability Committee.

Research Interests

My PhD focused on intellectual disability, self-advocacy, sex and sexuality and sexual and other forms of ‘vulnerabilities’. A further project I worked on looked at Securing Access to Justice for Children with Intellectual Disabilities.

My current ESRC funded research project (Grant Ref: ES/L010534/1) compares two adapted sex offender treatment programs (ASOTPs) for men with intellectual disability, one in England and one in Switzerland. It is bilingual and puts particular emphasis on knowledge exchange between the English and German speaking regions.


My teaching focuses upon disability studies and crime, as well as social research methods. I contribute to team teaching on the level 1 Crime and Deviance module and the level 2 module Disability Studies: An Introduction. I furthermore give several guest lectures, including as part of the MA Disability Studies.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising students on a broad range of topics. The list below highlights some of my areas of expertise.

  • Disability studies with a focus on sex, sexuality, ‘vulnerability’ and crime (disabled victims and offenders), in particular sexual violence and hate crime; learning difficulties, self-advocacy and professional practice:
  • emancipatory, participatory and inclusive research methods, with the aim to enable the participation of less articulate respondents:
  • child and adult protection policy and practice.

Key Publications


Journal articles

  • Hollomotz A, ‘Are we valuing people's choices now? Restrictions to mundane choices made by adults with learning difficulties’, British Journal of Social Work 2014, 1-18
    DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs119

  • Hollomotz A, ‘Disability, Oppression and Violence: Towards a Sociological Explanation’, Sociology 2012, 1-17
    DOI: 10.1177/0038038512448561

  • Hollomotz A, ‘Sex offenders with intellectual disabilities and their academic observers: Popular methodologies and research interests’, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 2012, 1-9
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01644.x

  • Hollomotz A and The Speakup Committee, ‘May we please have sex tonight?' People with learning difficulties pursuing privacy in residential group settings’, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 37.2 (2009), 91-97
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3156.2008.00512.x

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