Stalker Kirsten Prof

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Prof Kirsten Stalker

professor of disability studies


Tel : +44 (0)141 444 8653

Research Interests

My work falls within Disability Studies and is informed by social models of disability. Much of my research has been about disabled children and people with learning disabilities, looking at themes of choice, participation and inclusion. I have an active interest in participatory research. For information about recent studies, please see funding ,in the right hand side.

Teaching and Postgraduate Supervision

 I teach an honours option in Disability Studies to fourth year Sociology students and lecture on disability issues to Social Work and Education students  I currently have six Ph D students, most working in the disability / mental distress fields .

Biographical Summary

After graduating in English Literature from the University of York, I worked with people with learning disabilities and as a community worker before studying for a social work qualification at Edinburgh University. I went on to study for a PhD in social work at Edinburgh, on the subject of short breaks for disabled children. I then worked for four years at the Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol, which conducts research about disabled children and people with learning disabilities. In 1991, I moved to the Social Work Research Centre at Stirling University and, in 2006, to Strathclyde University to a research-focused post.

Membership of Professional Bodies

I am a member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Impairment and a registered social worker with the Scottish Social Services Council. 

University Responsibilities

I lead the Disability Research Cluster and Mental Health Research Group within the School of Applied Social Sciences. I’m the university representative for the Social Work and Social Care pathways for the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre in Scotland . I'm also Disability Co-ordinator within SASS.

External Responsibilities

I am a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and the Editorial Boards of Disability and Society and the British Journal of Learning Disabilities. I’m also a member of the Scottish Ministerial Working Group on Child Protection and Disability and  the National Council for Contact a Family Scotland.