Dr Andrea Hollomotz

Dr Andrea Hollomotz


I came to academia from a social work and social care background and I am passionate about research that can have real world impact.

My work focuses on the sociological study of disability and interpersonal violence and it fuses disability studies with the study of crime and criminology. I explore how and why disabled people are being targeted and subjected to violence and dehumanising treatment and what we can do to end violence.

I have recently lead a Ministry of Justice funded qualitative research project that aims to understand the support needs of disabled adult victim-survivors of rape and sexual violence. You can access the final report here. There is also an Easy Read version.

Research interests

My PhD focussed 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.

Hereafter I conducted an ESRC funded project on people with learning disabilities who have sexually offended. 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. I also aim to inspire upstream thinking about social change that can help to reduce disabled people’s increased risk to experience or commit interpersonal violence. A briefing paper about planning services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who sexually offend can be accessed here.

To engage “vulnerable” populations in research about “sensitive” topics 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.

In 2021-22 I have been working on a review of the evidence based on the lived experience of disabled people in the UK for the Cabinet Office’s Disability Unit with Prof Mark Priestley and in partnership with Disability Rights UK.

In 2022 I became a Fair Access to Justice Institute fellow. The Institute brings together criminal justice and disability rights experts, and leading practitioners and advocates from around the world.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising students in a broad range of topics. My expertise lies with disability studies, sexual and interpersonal violence, sex and sexuality and inclusive and creative research methods. I am currently at capacity and will only consider applications from exceptional candidates close to my own research interests.

<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. 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>