Professor Dan Goodley PhD, BSc (Hons)

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Dan teaches on the MA in Psychology and Education (which he also directs), the BA Education, Culture and Childhood and the EdD. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate psychology, sociology and education in a number of Universities.

Research interests

Critical disability studies
Dan is interested in theorising and challenging the conditions of disablism (the social, political, cultural and psycho-emotional exclusion of people with physical, sensory and/or cognitive impairments) and ableism (the contemporary ideals on which the able, autonomous, productive citizen is based).

Critical psychological and sociological theory
Dan is interested in engaging with poststructuralist, postconventionalist, social psychoanalytic and narrative accounts of exclusion and political resistance.

Non-normative childhoods
Dan hopes to engage with the expertise of non-normative children and their families to expose different ways of ‘being human’. This has extended his interest in critical disability studies to include ideas from queer theory, critical race, postcolonialism and feminism.

Studies of the human
Dan is working with colleagues in the School of Education and across the university to explore how we might understand the human in the 21st Century in a time of technological and capitalist advance.


  • Professorial Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences, 2011 – 2014
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Iceland, Centre for Disability Studies, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences,
    2004 – 2013
  • Editorial Advisory Board member for NASEN journals, 2012 -
  • Editorial board member: Disability & Society; Educational Action Research; Skandinavian Journal of Disability Research; Ethnographica Journal of Culture and Disability; The Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education; Disability and the Global South.
  • ESRC Peer Review College member, 2010 -
  • Illustrator, Viewpoint ‘The Learning Disability Magazine’: MENCAP publications (2001-2004)
  • Columnist, Community Living Magazine (2002-2003)

Indicative publications


Goodley, D. (2014). Dis /ability Studies: Theorising disablism and ableism. London: Routledge.

Goodley, D., Hughes, B. and Davis, L. (Eds). (2012). Disability and Social Theory. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Goodley, D. (2011). Disability studies: An inter-disciplinary introduction. London: Sage.

Banister, P. Bunn, G. Burman, E. Daniels, J. Duckett, P. Goodley, D. Lawthom, R. Parker, I. Runswick-Cole, K. Sixsmith, J. Smailes, S. Tindall, C. Whelan, P. (2011). Qualitative methods in psychology. A research guide (2nd Edition). London: McGraw Hill

McLaughlin, J., Goodley, D., Clavering, E., Tregaskis, C. and Fisher, P. (2008). Families with disabled children: values of enabling care and social justice. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Goodley, D., Lawthom, R., Clough, P. and Moore, M. (2004). Researching Life Stories: Method, Theory and Analyses in a Biographical Age. London: Routledge Falmer Press.


Goodley, D., Lawthom, R, & Runswick-Cole, K. (in press). Posthuman disability studies, Subjectivity. OPEN ACCESS.

Goodley, D., Lawthom, R, & Runswick-Cole, K. (2014). Dis/ability and austerity: beyond work and slow death, Disability & Society, 29 (6), 980-984. OPEN ACCESS.

Goodley, D. and Runswick Cole, K. (2014). Becoming dishuman: Thinking about the human through dis/ability. Discourse: Cultural politics of education. OPEN ACCESS.

Goodley, D. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2012). Reading Rosie. The Postmodern disabled child. Journal of Educational and Child Psychology, 29 (2), 53-66.

Goodley, D. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2012). The body as disability and possability: Theorising the ‘leaking, lacking and excessive’ bodies of disabled children. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.

Goodley, D. (2011). Social Psychoanalytic disability studies. Disability and Society, 26 (6). 715-728.

Goodley, D. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2011). The violence of disablism, Sociology of Health and Illness, 33 (4), 602–617.

Goodley, D. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2010) ‘Emancipating play: Dis/abled children, development and deconstruction’ Disability & Society, 25 (4),499-512.

Goodley, D. (2009). Bringing the psyche back into disability studies: the case of the body with/out organs. Journal of Cultural and Literary Disability Studies, 3 (3), 257-272.

Roets, G. and Goodley, D. (2008). Disability, Citizenship and Uncivilized Society: The smooth and nomadic qualities of self-advocacy. Disability Studies Quarterly, 28 (4), np, available online at

Goodley, D. and Roets, G. (2008). The (be)comings and goings of developmental disabilities: The cultural politics of ‘impairment’. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 29 (2), 239-255.

Transdisciplinary engagements across the University of Sheffield

Disability Studies at the University of Sheffield

Medical Humanities Sheffield

White Rose Studies of Ableism

Current funded projects

New Economic and Social Research Council funded research project:
Big Society? Disabled People with Learning Disabilities and Civil Society’, June 2013 - July 2015

Recent Funded Projects

Resilience in the lives of disabled people across the life course. SCOPE. with Katherine Runswick Cole (Manchester Metropolitan University). October 2011 – September 2012.

Researching placement parties and child adoption. British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) with Runswick-Cole (Manchester Metropolitan University). October 2011 – September 2012.
Time to end the bias towards inclusion? ESRC Festival of Science Public Engagement Event.
Economic and Social Research Council. November 2011. With Katherine Runswick Cole

Does every child matter, post Blair? The interconnections of disabled childhoods.
Economic and Social Research Council. With Janice McLaughlin (University of Newcastle); and Katherine Runswick Cole (Manchester Metropolitan University). September 2008 – October 2010.

Towards a culturally sensitive disability studies: Interconnections of disability studies in and across Malaysia and the UK. Prime Minister’s Initiative 2 / UK Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) Research Co-operation Programme. With Rebecca Lawthom (Manchester Metropolitan University); Dr Ling How Kee and Mr Dolly Paul Carlo (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia). August 2008 - August 2010.

Parents, Professionals and Disabled Babies: Identifying Enabling Care. Economic and Social Research Council. With Janice McLaughlin (University of Newcastle). June 2003 – November 2006.

Self-advocacy, Civil Rights and People with ‘Learning Difficulties. Economic and Social Research Council. With Derrick Armstrong (University of Sheffield). September 1998 – June 2001.