Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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Research Students

Dr Andrea Hollomotz

Lecturer in Disability and Crime

During my brief career as a social worker I became disillusioned when I realized the damaging effect that my practice could have when guided by inadequate policy and practice guidelines.

I was particularly critical of safeguarding guidelines. This inspired my PhD, which sought to give a holistic explanation of the causes of ‘sexual vulnerability’ in adults with intellectual disability. I continue to be committed to research that has real world applicability.

Research Interests

My current ESRC funded research project evaluates two adapted sex offender treatment programs 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.

I am on the editorial board for Disability & Society and I have been invited to join the ESRC’s new Capability Committee from September 2016.


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 researching a broad range of topics. My particular expertise lies with disability studies with a focus on sex & sexuality, crime (disabled victims and offenders), intellectual disability, self-advocacy and inclusive research methods.

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, 44.2 (2014), 234-251
    DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs119, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/96495/

  • Hollomotz A, ‘Sex offenders with intellectual disabilities and their academic observers: Popular methodologies and research interests’, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58.2 (2014), 189-197
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01644.x, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/96496/

  • Hollomotz A, ‘Disability, Oppression and Violence: Towards a Sociological Explanation’, Sociology, 47.3 (2013), 477-493
    DOI: 10.1177/0038038512448561

  • Hollomotz A, 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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