Dr Alison Sheldon

Dr Alison Sheldon


I am a senior teaching fellow in Disability Studies. I completed my PhD in the School of Sociology and Social Policy in 2001 and have been working in the School ever since - researching and teaching in the field of disability studies. I am the disability contact for the School of Sociology and Social Policy as well as representing the school on the faculty Equality and Inclusion committee. I am also Equality and Inclusion coordinator for the faculty. I am an executive editor of the international journal Disability and Society.


  • Faculty Equality and Inclusion Coordinator (ESSL)
  • SSP Equality and Inclusion Representative and Athena SWAN subgroup lead
  • SSP Disability Contact

Research interests

I have an interest in number of research areas in the disability studies field, including:

  • disability and technology
  • disability and feminism
  • disability activism
  • disability in higher education
  • global perspectives on disability
<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>


  • PhD, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
  • BSc (hons) Psychology, University of Leeds

Student education

I am heavily involved in the MA in Disability Studies where I am module lead for Social Policy, Politics and Disabled People and Disability and Development. I also run the level 2 undergraduate module Disability Studies: An Introduction. I supervise dissertations at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels and am proud to have seen five PhD students through to completion.  

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>