Disability Studies

Research Centres

The Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds – where I am currently studying – is the oldest and arguably the most influential centre for disability research in the UK. Some other Disability Studies research centres include (in the UK):

Centre for Disability Research at Lancaster University

Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University

Disability Studies at Sheffield Hallam University (see also Disability Research Forum)

Disability Studies at the University of Sheffield

White Rose Studies of Ableism is a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York

Critical Disability Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University

Disability Research Centre at Goldsmiths University of London

(and elsewhere):

Nordic Network on Disability Research

Society for Disability Studies (USA)

School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University, Canada

Critical Disability Studies at York University, Canada

Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois in Chicago, USA

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

Disability Studies at the University of Toledo, USA

Disability Studies at Syracuse University, USA


Probably the best-known Disability Studies journal, at least in the UK, is Disability & Society, published by Taylor & Francis. Unfortunately this journal is not open access (although book reviews and some other individual articles in it are). There are, however, several open access journals in Disability Studies, including:

Disability Studies Quarterly

Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (archived issues from 2010 and before are not open access)

Critical Disability Discourse

Disability and the Global South

Autonomy, the Critical Journal of Interdisciplinary Autism Studies

(If you know of any open access Disability Studies journals that I have not listed here, please let me know!)

Other resources

The Disability Archive UK, hosted by the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, is almost certainly the biggest collection on the web of freely available Disability Studies writings – ranging from foundational documents of the UK Disabled People’s Movement and articles from movement publications (such as ‘Coalition’, the magazine published by the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People) to papers presented at Disability Studies conferences and MA and PhD dissertations.

The Independent Living Institute has an extensive library of documents relating to independent living and personal assistance for disabled people.

(Please tell me if there are any other online Disability Studies resources that you think I should list here!)


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