September 2006 – August 2007

August 2007

Welcome to Dr Angharad Beckett on her appointment to a lecturership in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Angharad brings with her a major new ESRC research project on children’s views on disability and has recently published her first book Citizenship and Vulnerability: disability and issues of social and political engagement

The Centre was named as a research provider for the Department of Work and Pensions’ new two-year Framework Programme in support of the Office of Disability Issues.

July 2007

Congratulations to all of our students who graduated this month.

Welcome to Dr Miguel Angel Vasquez Ferreira (Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Murcia, Spain) who joins the Centre for a three week study visit.

Visitors to the Centre this month also included Dr Suneeta Kulkarni (University of Pune, India)

June 2007

Anna Lawson presented a paper in Norway.

Mark Priestley and Sonali Shah presented a paper at the inaugaral conference of the Disability History Group arising from the Nuffield funded project on disabled people’s life histories.

Welcome to Dr Minakshi Das (Amity University, India) who joins the Centre for a two week study visit.

May 2007

Representatives from a number of universities visited Leeds this month for the CDS Disability Studies Postgraduate Conference.

April 2007

Welcome to Bruno Daniel Gomes Sena Martins (University of Coimbra, Portugal) who joins the Centre as a visiting research fellow for a two month period.

Prof Dan Goodley (Manchester Metropolitan University) gave this month’s CDS seminar entitled ‘Making connections between disability studies and psychology’

Visitors also included an annual two-week study visit by staff and students from Halmstad University (Sweden)


The Centre was awarded initial funds from the University’s international collaboration fund to support and promote future European networking in disability research.

CDS invites research students to submit abstracts for our postgraduate conference in Leeds on 12 May

February 2007

Neil Crowther (Policy Officer for the Disability Rights Commission) presented this month’s seminar on ‘The disability agenda: Creating an alternative future – the DRC’s public policy prescription for achieving disability equality over the next decade’.

Dr Sonali Shah is recruiting particpants for her life history history about the ways in which social change in Britain has affected disabled people born in the 1940s, 1960s and 1980s. Enquiries from people interested in participating are welcome.

January 2007

Welcome to Dr Ruth Garbutt who joins the Centre (Sociology and Social Policy) on a three-year research partnership project with the CHANGE organisation workign with people with learnign difficulties to explore sexuality through drama.

Congratulations to Jill Edwards (Psychiatry) who successfully defended her PhD thesis.

Alden Chadwick (Leeds City Council) presented a seminar on ‘The Social Model of Disability in Local Government’.

December 2006

Welcome to Dr Sonali Shah who joined the Centre (Sociology and Social Policy) this month from Nottingham University on a three-year Nuffield New Career Development Fellowship, to investigate how life experiences and life choices for disabled have changed over three generations.

Congratulations to those of our students who received their degrees at graduation ceremonies this month.

Helen Meekosha (University of New South Wales) presented this month’s CDS seminar entitled ‘Feminist theories of intersectionality – can they work for disability?’

November 2006

New research findings on disabled people’s access to public transport in Great Britain are now available from the Disability Rights Commission website.

Dame Jane Campbell (founder of Not Dead Yet UK) presented this month’s seminar on ‘Assisted Dying: A Matter of Choice?’

October 2006

Stuart Murray (English) presented a plenary paper on ‘Hollywood and Autism’ at the Autism and Advocacy conference, Fordham University (New York, USA). Stuart was also appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Literary Disability.

Mark Priestley (Sociology and Social Policy) presented a plenary paper on disability and higher education at the 11th Meeting of the Royal Board on Disability (Madrid, Spain).

Professor John Swain (Northumbria University) presented this month’s seminar, ‘Towards an Affirmative Model of Disability’.

September 2006

Welcome to all our new postgraduate students and especially to Fernandes Fontes, Andrea Hollomotz, Beatrice Galarza, Tom Campbell and Chris Till who begin work on their PhD theses this year (more details on our research pages soon).

Alison Sheldon (Sociology and Social Policy) presented the opening plenary address to the third Disability Studies Association conference (Lancaster, UK), on the relationship between intellectuals and activism. Laura Hemingway, Sarah Woodin and Mark Priestley also presented papers.

Visitors to the Centre this month included Professor Masatsugu Hori from Kumamoto Gakuen University (Japan)