Dr Simon Prideaux

Dr Simon Prideaux


Direct payments and how they alter policy perceptions of disabled people, the way disabled people use direct payments to employ personal assistants.

My work tends to be multi-disciplinary. It incorporates social theory, political philosophy and social policy. Indeed, my primary focus has been on New Labour and the socio-political influences that shape their policy direction.

More recently, however, I have been concerned with critical theory past and present. Not only has this led me to examine the works of the Frankfurt School, but also the current work of Mouffe and Laclau.

Research interests

My current research focuses on how direct payments alter policy perceptions of disabled people. In particular, my research looks at the way disabled people use these payments to employ personal assistants.

Effectively, my research examines how direct payments have transformed disabled people from passive recipients of welfare into active employers.

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Student education

At present, I teach on mainly level 1 modules. My teaching is on the history of welfare policies and the theoretical debates that surround social policies in the UK and the US. I also teach on crime modules and give guest lectures on the MA in Disability Studies.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Disability Studies
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