Dr Andrea Hollomotz

Dr Andrea Hollomotz


I came to academia from a social work and social care background and I am therefore passionate about research that can have real world impact on improving frontline practice. My research interests can be broadly summed up as disability studies and human cruelty, in that my work seeks to understand how and why the most vulnerable people in our society (taking disability as a case study) are being targeted and subjected to violence and dehumanising treatment. This work extends to disabled offenders. In my recent ESRC funded project on sex offenders with learning disabilities it has become apparent that the majority of these individuals have themselves been severely traumatised in earlier life, long before they started hurting others. My aspiration is to enable a deeper understanding of the needs of those who have been hurt and those who hurt others, to inform service responses that can help to break the circle of offending.

To engage these populations effectively in research I have to be imaginative in my approach to research methods and methodology and I am passionate about passing this knowledge on to our students through undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising students in a broad range of topics. My particular expertise lies with disability studies, adult protection and offending behaviour, learning disabilities and/ or autism, self-advocacy, inclusive research methods and realist evaluation.

Research interests

My PhD focusses on learning disabilities and sexual ‘vulnerability’. I have argued that the way we often treat people with learning disabilities strips them of autonomy and life and learning experiences that would enable them to become better equipped at identifying (sexual) intrusions and initiating their own safeguarding. My more recent ESRC funded research project focussed on sex offenders with learning disabilities. A briefing paper about planning services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who sexually offend can be accessed here.

<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 am joined module leader for SLSP2010 Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods and sole module leader for SLSP1170 Understanding & Researching Contemporary Society. I also teach sessions on SLSP5301M Research Strategy & Design, SLSP2020 Crime, Law & Regulation, SLSP2040 Disability Studies: An Introduction.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Disability Studies

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>