Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole

BSc(Hons) Open (Psych), MA (Hons), PGCE, PhD

School of Education

Chair in Education

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Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole
School of Education
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH
Research interests

Katherine has extensive experience of working alongside children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, their families and allies in research.  She has published widely in the areas of: critical disability studies; disabled children's childhood studies; inclusive education and care.  She is the mother of two adult children, one of whom has the label of learning disability.

Current projects

Recent projects

Life, Death, Disability and the Human: Living Life to the Fullest, Economic and Social Research Council (April, 2017 – April 2020).

Enacting Critical Disability Communities in Education, Social Science and Humanities Research Council Canada (SSHRC) (June, 2016- June 2018)


Journal articles

Teaching interests

Katherine teaches on the BA Education, Culture and Childhood; the MA Education, the MA Education and Psychology and the MSc Education and Psychology (Conversion) programmes as well as supervising students on the EdD and PhD programmes. She particularly welcomes doctoral supervisions in the areas of disability, education, health and care.

Professional activities and memberships

She is a trustee at Beyond Words - a charity working with people with lived experience to co-create word-free picture stories that help people understand and communicate their feelings, learn about new experiences and tell their own stories.