Social Policy Alumni
PhD Researcher in Social Policy (ESRC +3)
School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol
Start date: September 2013
Research topic: Young people with intellectual disabilities
My research explores the everyday lives of young people with intellectual disabilities – and those close to them – in a north Indian city. It asks what is important or valued in young people’s lives, what helps them achieve this and what prevents them from doing so. The research context is one of India adopting disability legislation and policy in line with international agreements, while disabled people’s lived realities are poorly understood. The research is an ethnography, with participant observation the main method, and draws on a social relational model of disability as a theoretical starting point.
Research supervisors: Dr Val Williams, Professor David Abbott
Professional memberships/Positions held: National Union of Teachers member