Dr Alison Sheldon
Senior Teaching Fellow in Disability Studies
Having completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Leeds 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 (Disabled People and Communication Systems in the Twenty First Century, completed 2001. I have been working in the School ever since. I am a former director of the Centre for Disability Studies (2012 – 2015), and was deputy director for the preceding three years (2009 – 2012). I am currently disability contact for SSP as well as representing the school on the faculty Equality and Inclusion committee.
I am an executive editor of the international journal Disability and Society http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cdso20/current# for which I co-edited a special issue in 2014 on disability and technology.
My research interests include disability and technology, disability and feminism, disability in higher education and global perspectives on disability.
I am director of the School’s taught postgraduate programmes in Disability Studies, and helped to pioneer distance learning in the university through the school’s ground-breaking Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Disability Studies (via distance learning). I run a number of MA modules including Debates on Disability Theory and Research and Disability and Development, and have led and contributed to the undergraduate module Disability Studies: An Introduction. I supervise dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
I have successfully supervised three students to completion of their PhDs. All have now produced books based on their research, as follows:
Berghs, M. (2012) War and Embodied Memory: Becoming disabled in Sierra Leone, Farnham: Ashgate.
Callus, A. (2013) Becoming Self-Advocates: People with intellectual impairments seeking a voice, Oxford: Peter Lang.
Soorenian, A. (2013) Disabled International Students in British Higher Education: Experiences and expectations, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Creating a Society for All: Disability and Economy, ed. by Matsui A and others (Leeds: The Disability Press, 2012),
‘Women and disability’, in Disabling Barriers - Enabling Environments, ed. by Swain J and others, third edition (London: Sage, 2014),
‘The future of disability studies’, in Disabling Barriers - Enabling Environments, ed. by Swain J and others, Third Edition (London: Sage, 2014),
‘Changing technology’, in Disabling Barriers - Enabling Environments, ed. by Swain J and others (London: Sage, 2014),
‘Emancipatory' Disability Research and Special Educational Needs’, in Handbook of Special Educational Needs, ed. by Florian L (London: Sage, 2007), 233-245,
‘Disability’, in The Routledge Dictionary of Social Theory, ed. by Harrington and others (Routledge, 2006),
‘One world, one people, one struggle? Toward the global implementation of the social model of disability’, in Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Europe and the Majority World, ed. by Barnes C and Mercer G (The Disability Press, University of Leeds, 2005),