My Research

I am a PhD student in the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds. The working title of my PhD is ‘Personal Assistance: The Challenge of Autonomy’. You can read more about the topic of my research by clicking here.

I am currently (March 2015) undertaking the ‘fieldwork’ stage of my research, for which I am looking for people to interview, from two groups:

  • disabled people who employ or have employed personal assistants (P.A.s);
  • and people who work or have worked as P.A.s.

I want to interview both groups of people about:

  • their experiences of employing, or working as, P.A.s;
  • their thoughts and opinions about personal assistance and how it works at present;
  • and if (and how) they think personal assistance could be changed for the better.

Each interview will probably take around 1-2 hours (but can be split into shorter parts if necessary for accessibility reasons). I can either travel to meet you (within the UK) and interview you at a place of your choosing, or I can interview you by phone or Skype (audio or video call).

If you would like to take part in this research, but you have access issues that would make any of these options difficult for you, please contact me and we can arrange an interview in a form that is accessible for you.

If you are interested in taking part in this research, or would like to know more about it, please either fill in the contact form on this site, email me at, or write to me c/o the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT.

If you have any concerns about this research, you can also contact my supervisors, Dr Alison Sheldon and Dr Simon Prideaux, at and or the School of Sociology and Social Policy address above.

If you know anyone else who you think may be interested in this research, please send them the link to this site!


3 thoughts on “My Research

  1. Hi Steve, I am happy to participate in your research. I have worked intermittent as a PA over many years.


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