Professor Mark Priestley
Professor of Disability Policy
In addition to my research and teaching in the School, I am Scientific Director of the European Commission's Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED) and administrator of the international online discussion forum disability-research. I was previously Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy (2011-2014), and Pro-dean for Research in the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (2004-2007). I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and adjunct Visiting Professor at the National University of Ireland Galway.
My research interests include international and comparative perspectives on disability and public policy, notably in Europe, and also issues of policy process, monitoring and governance, for example in relation to international human rights policies. I am particularly interested in research that links social, political and economic inequalities with the political claims of the disabled people's movement, and with methods of evidencing the progressive realization of rights for disabled people in different societies. My current research involves mixed and comparative methods, often involving policy analysis and indicator development.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have been teaching adults since 1986. I oversee the School’s programme coordination for the BA Social Policy, MA in Social and Public Policy, and the Masters in Public Administration. I currently convene the Level 2 module Key Debates in Social Policy and the Level 3 module Disability Rights in the International Policy Context, as well as teaching on postgraduate modules in social policy analysis and disability studies. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
I supervise a lively group of PhD students, whose research projects vary considerably but are all in some way connected with disability policy and/or disability studies. My particular supervisory interests are in student projects that contribute to the understanding and application of disability policy, particularly in European or international comparison.
Disability and social change: private lives and public policies (Bristol: Policy Press, 2011),
Disability: a life course approach (Oxford : Polity, 2003), [vii], 248 pp,
Disability and the Life Course: global perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2001), 272 pp.,
Disability Politics and Community Care (Jessica Kingsley, 1999), 256p,
‘Labour Market Integration and Equality for Disabled People: A Comparative Analysis of Nordic and Baltic Countries’, Social Policy and Administration, 51.4 (2017), 577-597,
DOI: 10.1111/spol.12314, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/111815/
‘Internet access for disabled people: Understanding socio-relational factors in Europe’, Cyberpsychology, 11.1Special Issue (2017),
DOI: 10.5817/CP2017-1-4, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/116797/
‘The political participation of disabled people in Europe: Rights, accessibility and activism’, Electoral Studies, 42 (2016), 1-9,
DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2016.01.009, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/94068/
‘Potential, principle and pragmatism in concurrent multi-national monitoring: disability rights in the European Union’, The International Journal of Human Rights, 17.7-8 (2013), 739-757,
DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2013.834494, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/81256/
‘New priorities for disability research in Europe: towards a user-led agenda’, ALTER: European Journal of Disability Research / Revue Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap, 4.4 (2010), 239-255,
DOI: 10.1016/j.alter.2010.07.001, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/82525/
‘Towards a User-led Agenda for Disability Research in Europe: learning from disabled people’s organisations’, Disability & Society 2010, 731-746,
‘In search of European disability policy: Between national and global’, ALTER: European Journal of Disability Research/Revue européenne de recherche sur le handicap, 1.1 (2007), 61-74,
DOI: 10.1016/j.alter.2007.08.006, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/86912/