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Hannah Morgan


Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594110


PhD supervision

Hannah is interesting in supervising projects in the inter-disciplinary field of disability studies.

Research Interests

I came to Lancaster in December 2003 after working on disability-related research projects at the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of York and the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds.

My research interests lie predominantly in the field of disability studies and include the self-organisation and citizenship of disabled people; independent living; welfare and service provision for adult service users; the self-organisation of disabled people and their organisations; disability policy at a UK and European level; and mobility and social capital.

I am also interested in inclusive education and with Ann-Marie Houghton have produced a guide for the Higher Education Academy on Inclusive Curriculum Design in Higher Education: Considerations for effective practice across and within subject areas.

In 2012 I guest edited with Alan Roulstone a special edition of Social Work Education: the international journal.  Disability Studies and Social Work Education included articles from England, Wales, Australia, Canada and Israel. My article in the issue The social model of disability as a threshold concept: Troublesome knowledge and liminal spaces in social work education has been given the Award for the 2012 Best Conceptual Article in the journal and has been made free to access. The article will be discussed at the JSWEC Journal Club in July 2013 which can be followed on twitter https://twitter.com/jswecjour13.

I am co-investigator with Sarah Galvani of University of Bedford of a Thomas Pocklington Trust/Alcohol Research UK funded scoping study exploring substance use and visual impairment.

I am a member of management committee of the Centre for Disability Reserach (CeDR) an interdisciplinary centre that draws together colleagues interested in disability from across the University and beyond.

I organise the Lancaster Disability Studies Conference which attracts over 240 international delegates (2003; 2004; 2006;2008;2010;2012). The conference now takes place on a biennial basis alternating with the Nordic Network on Disability Research's conferences. The next Lancaster conference will take place 7-9 September 2014. More details about the conference, the call for papers and information about booking can be found on the conference website.

I am the book reviews editor and a member of the editorial board of the international journal Disability and Society and have reviewed articles for Disability Studies Quarterly and Progress in Palliative Care. I have contributed book reviews to Disability and Society, the British Journal of Social Work and Qualitative Research in Psychology.



Current Teaching

I contribute to teaching on the BA (Hons) and MA/PGDip Social Work programmes, convening modules in relation to disability and adult social care, supervising dissertations and acting as social work tutor to students on placement. 

I am the convenor of the new part 1 module SWK.116 Contemporary Social Problems which is a compulsory module for social work students and open to other students across the university. I also convene specialist modules (SWK.278 Social Work in Adult Social Care and SWK.375 Care and the Life Course on the BA and SWK.439 Social Work in Adult Social Care on the MA/PGDip)

I have co-supervised two phd students to completion with projects on disabled leaders and the lived experience of young cochlear implant user. I am interested in supervising projects in the inter-disciplinary field of disability studies.

Additional Information

Conference Papers and Presentations

Bridging collective roots and individual choices: a critical reflection on disability and community in the 21st century with Alan Roulstone.Nordic Network on Disability Research 11th Research Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland May 27-28, 2011. Abstract (pdf document) View the slideshow


Accessible Public Space for the 'not obviously disabled'? Jeopardized selfhood in an era of welfare retraction with Alan Roulstone. Paper presented at the Disability and Public Space Conference, Oslo University College, Oslo, Norway, 28-29th April 2011 Abstract (pdf document). View the slideshow

Teaching Disability Studies to Social Work Students with Alan Roulstone. Paper presented to the 11th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference, University of Hertfordshire 8-10 July 2009.



Career, Mobility and Motility: the experiences of disabled academics and researchers Nordic Network on Disability Research Biennial Conference, Goteborg, Sweden. May 2007.

Disabled Citizens? A Socio-legal analysis of the citizenship status and experience of Disabled PeopleEuropean Law Research Students Network: Summer Liverpool Law School, Liverpool, June 2005

Disability, career and mobility in EuropeColloquium on Researching Innovative Themes in Skilled Mobility: The Centre for the Study of Law and Policy in Europe, University of Leeds May 2005.

What a Difference A Decade Makes: Disability Policy in the EU 1993-2003 Socio-legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Glasgow, April 2004

Disabled People and the European Union: Equal Citizens? with Helen Stalford.

ESRC Seminar Series: Implementing the Social Model: Europe, University of Leeds January 2004.

Social Model Outcomes? Nordic Network on Disability Research Annual Conference: Networking, Social Capital and Welfare Society, Jyvaskyla, Finland. September 2003

European Union Citizenship and Disabled People: Developing a Social Model with Helen Stalford Disability Studies Association Conference: Disability Studies: Theory Policy and Practice, Lancaster University. September 2003

Strategies for involving Service Users in Outcomes focused researchworkshop with Jennifer Harris Consumers in NHS Research Third National Conference: Making A Difference Harrogate. November 2002 Creating Independent Futures: User-led Research into User-led servicesworkshop Making Research Count in the Personal Social Services, London. December 2001

Creating Independent Futures: Current Research at the Centre for Disability StudiesKeynote address. The World Turned Upside Down, London. July 2001

User-led Research: Gathering the Evidence, Workshop What Works in Community Care? Oxford, September 2000.

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