Professor of Sociology, University of Bradford

I joined the University of Bradford as a Professor of Sociology in September 2017. I graduated from the University of Essex (2005) with a PhD in Sociology (ESRC) and was awarded an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge (2004/2005). My PhD was qualitative research with mothers and fathers who have children identified with ‘special educational needs’, which I published as Parenting and Inclusive Education in 2007. I have held academic posts at Aston, Anglia Ruskin, Brunel and Keele Universities. I have written on mothering/parenting, intellectual/learning disability, ethics of care, intimacy, and education. My latest book Intellectual Disability and Being Human: A Care Ethics Model, develops a care ethics model of disability. More recently I have carried out criminal justice research, funded by the Leverhulme Trust called Care-less Spaces: Prisoners with learning difficulties and their families (RF-2016-613\8). This involved carrying out over 40 life-story interviews with adults who have been through the criminal justice system (CJS) and are on the autism spectrum (AS), have learning difficulties (LD), and/or experience social, emotional, mental health problems (SEMH); mothers of offenders; and professionals who work with these groups of people. I plan to publish her next monograph called ‘re-humanising the criminal justice system’ (TBC) in 2019, as well as numerous articles.


  • 2017–present
    Professor of Sociology , University of Bradford
  • 2012–2017
    Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Aston University
  • 2009–2012
    Reader in Education , Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2008–2009
    Lecturer in Social Sciences, Brunel University
  • 2005–2008
    Lecturer in Education Studies, Keele University