Dr Kirsty Liddiard, BA Hons, MA, PhD
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 8111
Room: 1.07, School of Education
Kirsty is a Research Fellow within the School of Education at the University of Sheffield and Co-Leader of the Institute for the Study of the Human (iHuman), alongside Professor Dan Goodley (Education), Professor Paul Martin and Dr. Warren Pearce (Sociological Sciences). 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 research spans a number of areas; most explicitly the intersections of disability, impairment and embodiment; disablism and ableism; and gender, sexuality, intimacy and sexual citizenship in contemporary dis/ableist cultures (Liddiard 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; ESRC Award number ES/F009151/1). She has also published around sex work (Liddiard 2014) and participatory research and arts-informed methodologies (Liddiard 2013b; Rice et al. 2015). Since joining the University of Sheffield, Kirsty’s interests have broadened considerably towards disabled childhood and youth, learning disability, austerity and civil society, and humanness and humanity.
An avid public sociologist 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 researches with and within marginalised communities 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 ensures that research findings have meaningful 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 working across a number of bids and/or projects that explore disability, ableism and intimate life. These include:
Disability, life, Death and the Human: Living Life to the Fullest Working in partnership with children and young people with ‘life-limiting’ or ‘life-threatening’ impairments (sic) and their allies, Living Life to the Fullest aims to explore the lives, hopes, desires and contributions of disabled children and young people through arts-informed methods.
Learning disabled people’s intimate lives: Accounting for Austerity (2016) (Wellcome Trust, 203691/Z/16/Z) This project culminates in a two-day participatory Research Meeting for self-advocates (people with learning disabilities) and their organisations, and academics, practitioners and researchers, in which we will use design fiction methods to critically explore and identify the significant impacts of recent austerity policies upon the intimate, sexual and emotional lives of people with learning disabilities.
Development of National Standards for young people’s palliative care across the UK: Talking about Sex, Sexuality and Relationships: Guidance and Standards (2016) (Open University/Together for Short Lives): For the first time, Sexuality Guidance and Standards have been developed by The Open University’s Sexuality Alliance (of which Kirsty is a member) to assist staff in giving sexual support to young people with life-limiting conditions (sic). This ground breaking guidance is currently being disseminated to young people’s hospices and respite care facilities across the UK. You can access the guidance itself here.
International Projects (in progress):
Kirsty teaches on the BA Education, Culture and Childhood. She supervises multiple PhD students. Kirsty welcomes PhD students across a number of social science disciplines who wish to undertake research in the areas of disability, education, gender, sexuality, childhood and/or youth.