Keynote Speakers

Professor Dan Goodley, Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dan Goodley is a Professor of psychology and disability studies researcher with an interest in theorising and challenging disabling society. His research interests are psychology and disability, professionals allied to the community, theorising impairment, illness and psychopathology, narrative research and socially just pedagogies and critical professional practice. Professor Goodley has published extensively on a wide range of topics related to disability, impairment and critical theory and has a new book coming out entitled, Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (published by Sage), on 1st December 2010.

He is currently working on an ESRC funded project entitled “Does every child matter, post Blair? The interconnections of disabled childhoods” and a British Council/PMI2 Funded Project entitled Towards a culturally sensitive disability studies: Interconnections of disability studies in and across Malaysia and the UK.

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Professor Carol Thomas, Centre for Disability Research, University of Lancaster

Carol Thomas is Professor of Sociology, specialising in disability studies and the sociology of health and illness. Professor Thomas has researched and published extensively in many fields, including: the nature of care, public health and health promotion, domestic labour and health, and women’s health. Her current research interests are in disability studies and the sociology of cancer.

Professor Thomas is a member of the Executive Editorial Board of the international journal Disability and Society, and is the author of Female Forms: experiencing and understanding disability (1999) Buckingham: Open University Press, and Sociologies of Disability and Illness. Contested Ideas in Disability Studies and Medical Sociology (2007) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Carol has a long-standing research interest in the sociology of cancer. She currently directs an ESRC funded research project entitled Narratives of Living and Dying with Cancer: Sociological Perspectives. This involves secondary data analysis of interview data collected in another two research projects (NHS funded), in which she was the principal investigator.

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