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Shane Clifton

Associate Professor of Practice, School of Health Sciences and the Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney

Shane's academic background is in theology and ethics. In 2010, he incurred a spinal cord injury that left him with incomplete quadriplegia. Drawing on the virtue ethics tradition and disability studies, Shane focused his research on happiness and flourishing with a disability. In 2013 he joined the Centre for Disability Research and Policy as honorary associate, working with the centre to write Crippled Grace: Disability, Virtue Ethics and the Good Life. He spent four years as a researcher and Policy Director at Australia’s Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. On its completion, he joined the University of Sydney as a faculty member of the School of Health Sciences.


  • 2023–present
    Associate professor, University of Sydney
  • 2013–2023
    Honorary Associate, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney
  • 2019–2023
    Director, Royal commission into violence, abuse, neglect and explication of people with disability
  • 1999–2018
    Professor of theology and ethics, Alphacrucis College


  • 2005 
    Australian Catholic University, PhD / Theology and ethics