Dr Kirsty Liddiard
BA Hons, MA, PhD
School of Education
Senior Research Fellow
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead
+44 114 222 8111
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School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
I have taught Sociology, Critical Sexuality Studies, Disability Studies, Education Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a number of universities in the UK and Canada. These include the University of Sheffield; the University of Warwick (UK); the University of Toronto (Canada); Ryerson University (Canada); and Trent University (Canada).
- Research interests
My research spans disability, gender, sexuality and intimacy, and more recently, childhood and youth, with a particular interest in how disablism and ableism both inform and shape these experiences in the everyday lives of disabled people.
I centre disability activism, arts and culture in my work and make use of arts-informed methodologies because of the ways in which they push the boundaries of traditional social scientific thinking and enable multiple ways of thinking and knowing.
I am currently exploring these interests in my project Living Life to the Fullest, which seeks to forge new understandings of the lives, hopes, desires and contributions of children and young people with ‘life-limiting’ or ‘life-threatening’ impairments (hereby LL/LTIs).
- Life, Death, Disability and the Human: Living Life to the Fullest. ESRC. Kirsty Liddiard, Dan Goodley and Katherine Runswick-Cole. (2017-2020).
- Arts, Architecture, Activism and Access: Taking Around the Toilet to New Spaces. AHRC. Kirsty Liddiard, Jen Slater (Sheffield Hallam), Jill Smith (Sheffield Hallam), Lisa Procter (Manchester Metropolitan University). (2017-2018).
- Touretteshero: Disability Arts, Engagement and Possibility. Wellcome Trust. Jess Thom, Matthew Pountney, Kirsty Liddiard (2017-2020)
- Storying Our Chemical Lives: A Design Fiction Workshop Social Science and Humanities Research of Canada (SSHRC) Esther Ignagni (Ryerson University), Eliza Chandler (Ryerson University), Kirsty Liddiard
- Learning disabled people’s intimate lives: Accounting for Austerity. Wellcome Trust. Kirsty Liddiard. (2016).
- Making Space for Developmental Disability and Intimate Citizenship. Social Science and Humanities Research of Canada (SSHRC) Esther Ignagni (Ryerson University), Ann Fudge-Schormans (McMaster University). (2015).
- The Intimate Lives of Disabled People. Routledge.
- Concluding thoughts and future directions.
- Rebooting Inclusive Education? New Technologies and Disabled People. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 9(5), 515-549.
- The desire for new humanisms. Journal of Disability Studies in Education. View this article in WRRO
- Vulnerable subjects and autonomous actors : the right to sexuality education for disabled under-18s. Global Studies of Childhood, 9(3), 235-248. View this article in WRRO
- Working the edges of Posthuman disability studies : theorising with young disabled people with life-limiting impairments. Sociology of Health & Illness. View this article in WRRO
- Provocations for Critical Disability Studies. Disability & Society. View this article in WRRO
- “I was Excited by the Idea of a Project that Focuses on those Unasked Questions” Co‐Producing Disability Research with Disabled Young People. Children & Society. View this article in WRRO
- Pedagogical possibilities for unruly bodies. Gender and Education, 30(5), 663-682. View this article in WRRO
- ‘Like, pissing yourself is not a particularly attractive quality, let’s be honest’: Learning to contain through youth, adulthood, disability and sexuality. Sexualities, 21(3), 319-333. View this article in WRRO
- Feeling disability: Theories of Affect and Critical Disability Studies. Disability & Society, 33(2), 197-217. View this article in WRRO
- Imagining Disability Futurities. Hypatia, 32(2), 213-229. View this article in WRRO
- The DisHuman child. Discourse, 37(5), 770-784. View this article in WRRO
- The mouth and dis/ability. Community Dental Health, 33(2), 152-155. View this article in WRRO
- ‘Some people are not allowed to love’: intimate citizenship in the lives of people labelled with intellectual disabilities. Disability and Society, 31(1), 131-135. View this article in WRRO
- Disability, human rights and the limits of humanitarianism. Disability & Society, 30(9), 1445-1448. View this article in WRRO
- Project Re•Vision: disability at the edges of representation. Disability & Society, 30(4), 513-527. View this article in WRRO
- Liking for Like’s Sake – The Commodification of Disability on Facebook. Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 20(3), 94-101.
- ‘I never felt like she was just doing it for the money’: Disabled men’s intimate (gendered) realities of purchasing sexual pleasure and intimacy. Sexualities, 17(7), 837-855. View this article in WRRO
- The work of disabled identities in intimate relationships. Disability & Society, 29(1), 115-128. View this article in WRRO
- Reflections on the Process of Researching Disabled People's Sexual Lives. Sociological Research Online, 18(3), 105-117.
- View this article in WRRO The Dis/Human Child: Thinking about the Child through Disability. Discourse.
- Key Concerns for Critical Disability Studies in Covid-19 Times. International Journal of Disability and Social Justice.
- Towards a DisHuman Civil Society, The Palgrave Handbook of Disability and Citizenship in the Global South (pp. 211-222). Springer International Publishing
- A Diversity of Childhoods: Considering the Looked After Childhood, The Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies (pp. 389-408). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Critical Disability Studies, The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology (pp. 491-505). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- View this article in WRRO The Work of Disabled Identities in Intimate Relationships, Gender Through the Prism of Difference Oxford University Press, USA
- Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies Routledge
- Disability, Normalcy, and the Everyday Routledge
- Research group
I undertake a range of supervisory roles within the School and am currently supervising four PhD students. I welcome PhD students across a number of social science disciplines that wish to undertake research in the areas of disability, education, gender, sexuality and childhood and youth.
- Teaching activities
Last year, I was the convenor of Globalising Education (EDU309), a third-year undergraduate module within the School of Education’s BA Education, Culture and Childhood here at the University of Sheffield. Due to my research schedule, this year I am only guest lecturing across a number of modules in the School of Education.
- Professional activities
- Editor at large for the leading journal Disability and Society and regular peer reviewer for Gender and Education; Community Development Journal; Sexualities; Emotion, Space and Society; and Girlhood, as well as for the publishers Palgrave, Routledge, and Jessica Kingsley.
- Member of the Faculty of Social Sciences Equality and Diversity Committee; the Sexuality Alliance (Open University); Co-Founder of the Faculty of Social Sciences Early Career Researcher Forum; and founding member of the Centre for Critical Psychology and Education and iHuman.