Dr Kirsty Liddiard, BA Hons, MA, PhD

Photograph of Dr Kirsty LiddiardPostdoctoral Research Associate

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 8111
Email: k.liddiard@Sheffield.ac.uk
Room: 1.07

Research interests

Kirsty is a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. She is currently working on a transdisciplinary research project entitled Transforming Disability, Culture and Childhood: Local, Global and Transdisciplinary Responses with Professors Elizabeth Wood and Dan Goodley (both of the School of Education), as well as colleagues across the university. Following gaining her PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick, Kirsty became the inaugural Ethel Louise Armstrong Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Kirsty’s scholarly expertise sits at the intersections of disability, impairment and embodiment; dis/ableist cultures; and gender, sexuality, intimacy and sexual citizenship in contemporary dis/ableist cultures (Liddiard 2013a; 2013b; 2011). Her broader research interests extend to theories of childhood, youth and ageing (particularly in the context of disability); disability and sex work (Liddiard 2014, forthcoming a; Liddiard 2014b, forthcoming); social theories of the body; psycho-emotional disablism and violence (Liddiard 2013a; 2014c; Liddiard 2014, accepted); and participatory research and arts-informed methodologies (Liddiard 2013b; Rice et al, submitted). An avid public sociologist (see Burowoy 2013) and activist scholar, Kirsty sees the effective, ethical and accessible communication of knowledge as a form of social, political, and economic justice. As such, she works within the communities she researches and translates and disseminates all new knowledges from her research outside of the academy to non-academic audiences, spaces, and readers, as well as to key stakeholders of the research (disabled people, their organisations, and allies). This is to ensure that research findings have a wider impact; that they ‘exist’ in real life worlds and thus are referred to, read by, and transfer to the everyday lives of disabled people.

Kirsty is currently in the process of writing her first monograph, The Intimate Lives of Disabled People: Sex and Relationships (working title: ISBN 978-1-4094-6090-9), for Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

Other Experience

Community Project Leader: The Discovering Disability Project, a community-based collaboration between Ryerson University, Toronto and George Brown College, Toronto. The Discovering Disability Project is an initiative designed to offer disabled young people opportunities to re-frame and rethink disability. Centred on the notion of the vivacity and value of disabled lives, the project invites young disabled people to contribute what they love and desire about disability in order to disrupt dis/ableist narratives of youth/disability which render disabled young people as lacking vitality and future.


  • 2014 ESRC Festival of Social Sciences event award, £1885
  • 2012 (Jan) – 2014 (June) Ethel Louise Armstrong Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007 – 2011 Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 Award (full funding for 1 yr. MA and 3 yr. PhD)
  • 2010 – 2011 British Sociological Association Postgraduate Day School Event Prize. £1000, British Sociological Association, UK

Indicative publications

Liddiard, K. (forthcoming, 2014) "Relief for my cock, devastation for my heart and mind": Disability and Paying for Pleasure. In Jacob, F. (ed.) Prostitution - A Companion of Mankind. London and Berlin: Sage

Liddiard, K. (Accepted, forthcoming: 2014a). ‘Liking for Like’s Sake: The Commodification of Disability on Facebook’. Journal of Developmental Disabilities.

Liddiard, K. (Accepted, forthcoming: 2014b). ‘The Intimate (Gendered) Realities of Purchasing Sexual Pleasure and Intimacy’, Sexualities.

Liddiard, K. (2014c) ‘(Re)Producing Pistorius: Patriarchy, Prosecution and the Problematics of Disability’, Sociological Imagination. Online. [Available from http://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/15144]

Liddiard, K. (2013a) ‘The Work of Disabled Identities in Intimate Relationships’, Disability and Society, DOI:10.1080/09687599.2013.776486

Liddiard, K. (2013b) ‘Reflections on the Process of Researching Disabled People’s Sexual Lives’, Social Research Online, 18 (3) 10

Liddiard, K. (2011) ‘Emotional management during research: A personal reflection’, Sociological Imagination. Online. [Available from http://sociologicalimagination.org/posts/kirsty-liddiard/emotional-management-duringresearch-a-personal-reflection/]

Rice, C., Chandler, E., Harrison, E. Liddiard, K. & Ferrari, M. (submitted, November 2013) ‘Project Re•Vision: Disability at the Edges of Representation’, Disability Studies Quarterly

For community impact focused publications please click here (https://sheffield.academia.edu/KirstyLiddiard)