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Prof Kirsten Stalker

professor of disability studies

Lord Hope Building

kirsten.stalker@strath.ac.uk

Tel : +44 (0)141 444 8653

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Personal Statement

I am Professor of Disability Studies which is a research focused role. I joined Strathclyde in 2006, having previously worked at the Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol and the Social Work Research Centre, Stirling University. My research is informed by social models of disability and much of it has been about disabled children and people with learning disabilities, looking at themes of choice, participation, equality and inclusion. I am currently supervising six doctoral students and three Masters students. 

Within the School of Social Work and Social Policy, I have the roles of Co-Director of Research and the Disability Contact for students. I’m also the university representative for the Social Work and Social Care pathways within the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre in Scotland. 

I am a founder member of the UK-wide Disabled Childrens Research Network, a member of the National Council of Contact-a-Family and a registered social worker with the Scottish Social Services Council.

 

 

 

Research Interests

My research falls within Disability Studies and much of it is informed by Carol Thomas's social relational  understanding of disability.  Current and recent research includes changes in/ cutbacks to services to disabled children, young people and their families (funded by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People), child protection and disabled children, including a scoping study funded by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust, research into professional practice in Scotland (funded by Scottish Government) and a study of disabled children and young people's views of help-seeking and child protection services (funded by the NSPCC), the last two with colleagues in the NSPCC Research Centre at Edinburgh University. Other current research includes a literature review into achieving permanence for disabled children in foster care and adoption (funded by the University Research Development Fund and partners) and Walk Well, a RCT of personalised walking programmes with adults with learning disabilites, funded by the Chief Scientist's Office and led by Dr Craig Melville at Glasgow.

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.

Projects

  • Achieivng permanance for disabled children in foster care and adoption

    Stalker, Kirsten (Academic) Welch, Victoria (Academic)

    Period 02-Dec-2013 - 30-Apr-2014
  • Achieving Permanence for Disabled Children and Young People in Foster Care and Adoption: A literature reveiw

    Stalker, Kirsten (Academic) Welch, Victoria (Academic)

    Period 02-Dec-2013 - 30-Apr-2014
  • Seeking disabled childrens views about child protection services?

    Stalker, Kirsten (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Sep-2013 - 30-Sep-2014
  • Achieving Permanence for Disabled Children and Young People in Foster Care: A knowledge exchange project

    Stalker, Kirsten (Academic) Hill, Louise (Academic)

    Period 01-Apr-2013 - 31-Mar-2014
  • Child Protection and Disability: Implications for Practice

    Stalker, Kirsten (Principal Investigator)

    Period 11-Mar-2013 - 30-Oct-2013
  • services to disabled children

    Stalker, Kirsten (Principal Investigator)

    Period 21-Jan-2013 - 30-Apr-2013
  • Getting it right for looked after disabled children and young people (Scottish Universities Insight Institute)

    Stalker, Kirsten (Co-investigator) Connelly, Graham (Co-investigator)

    Period 01-Oct-2012
  • THE IMPACT OF VOLUNTEERING ON YOUNG PEOPLES EMPLOYMENT AND WELL-BEING IN TIMES OF AUSTERITY

    Stalker, Kirsten (Co-investigator) Sime, Daniela (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Oct-2012 - 30-Sep-2016
  • The impact of walking intervention on the physical activity levels and health of adults with learning disabilities

    Mutrie, Nanette (Co-investigator) Stalker, Kirsten (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-May-2012 - 28-Feb-2014
  • A critical review and analysis of current research and policy relating to disabled children and young people in Scotland - Extension

    Stalker, Kirsten (Principal Investigator)

    Period 09-Jan-2012 - 30-Jan-2012
  • Designing sustainable and accessible buildings and services (Strategic Development Fund, Univ of Strathclyde)

    Stalker, Kirsten (Co-investigator) Sadler, Sue (Research Co-investigator)

    Period 01-Jan-2012 - 31-Oct-2012
  • A critical review and analysis of current research and policy relating to disabled children and young people in Scotland

    Moscardini, Lio (Fellow) Stalker, Kirsten (Principal Investigator)

    Period 14-Nov-2011 - 09-Jan-2012
  • RESEARCHING THE LIVES OF DISABLED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A FOCUS ON THEIR PERSPECTIVES

    Stalker, Kirsten (Principal Investigator)

    Period 12-Oct-2009 - 11-Jun-2011
  • Scoping Study - Child protection service and the needs and rights of disabled children

    Stalker, Kirsten (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Sep-2008 - 31-Dec-2009
  • Community Planning and Access Panels

    Ross-Watt, Frances (Co-investigator) Stalker, Kirsten (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Feb-2008 - 31-May-2008
  • An in-depth examination of the implementation of the Disability Equality Duty in England

    Stalker, Kirsten (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Dec-2007 - 30-Jun-2008
  • Rights and Responsibilities: The Disability Discrimination Act and Adults with Learning Disabilities

    Stalker, Kirsten (Principal Investigator)

    Period 08-Jan-2007 - 22-Apr-2008