Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Contact Details

Dr Alison Sheldon

Senior Teaching Fellow in Disability Studies

Having completed a BSc in Psychology at Leeds University and worked in publishing for several years, I returned to the University to work on my PhD in the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

My thesis – Disabled People and Communication Systems in the Twenty First Century – was completed in 2001. I was then employed as a Research Fellow before taking up my current post as Teaching Fellow in Disability Studies.

Research Interests

My research interests include disability and technology, disability and feminism and global perspectives on disability.


I am course tutor for the School’s postgraduate diploma/MA Disability Studies programmes, teach disability studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and am convenor of the MA module in Disability and Development.

I developed the online course materials for the postgraduate diploma/MA in Disability Studies and oversee their maintenance.

PhD Supervision

I am currently jointly supervising two PhD students and would welcome the opportunity to supervise further students in the broad area of Disability Studies.

Key Publications

Chapters in Books 

Barnes, C.; Sheldon, A. (2007) 'Emancipatory' Disability Research and Special Educational Needs. In: L. Florian (ed.) Handbook of Special Educational Needs, Sage.

Sheldon, A. (2006) Disability. In: Harrington, A., Marshall, B. & Muller, H.P. (eds.) The Routledge Dictionary of Social Theory, Routledge.

Sheldon, A. (2005) One world, one people, one struggle? Toward the global implementation of the social model of disability. In: Barnes, C and Mercer, G (eds.) Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Europe and the Majority World, The Disability Press, University of Leeds.

Sheldon, A. (2004) Changing Technology. In: Swain, J., French, S., Barnes, C. and Thomas, C. (eds.) Disabling Barriers, Enabling Environments, Sage.

Journal Articles 

Sheldon, A. (1999) Personal and perplexing: feminist disability politics evaluated, Disability and Society, Vol. 14 (5).

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