Dr Amanda Keeling

Dr Amanda Keeling


I completed my LLB at King’s College London in 2007 and went on to study an MA in Human Rights at University College London.  After my MA I worked for several third sector organisations and NGOs in the human rights field, before joining the Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Group as a research assistant.

I joined the school in September 2015 from the University of Nottingham, where I had been studying for my PhD. 


  • Deputy Director for Student Support (Disability and Mental Health)

Research interests

My broad research interest is in disability law and socio-legal studies, with a focus on empirical work.  My research explores the role of law in our society; how it shapes professional practice, how it is interpreted by non-lawyers, particularly social care and health practitioners, and the impact of this practice on disabled people.

I have a particular interest in the interpretation and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and am currently exploring the utility of the Care Act 2014 in furthering some of these aims with regards to adult safeguarding.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Student education

I teach across a number of our undergraduate and postgraduate modules.


- Law and Society

- Disability Law

- International Human Rights Law


- International Human Rights and Disabled People

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Disability Studies
  • Disability Law Hub
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>