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Dr Hannah Morgan

Formerly at Lancaster University

PhD supervision

I am interested in working with students in any area of disability studies and would particularly welcome applications on issues relating to welfare reform, disability policy, experiences of disabled people who use health and social care services, and critical professional practice.

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.

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;2104). 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 6-8 September 2016. More details about the conference can be found on the conference website.




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 Phd students. 

I have co-supervised two phd students to completion with projects on disabled leaders and the lived experience of young cochlear implant user and currently supervise 4 Phd students with projects on disabled women's activist, gendering Autism, disabled people' s experiences of employment in small and medium entprises and older women with care and support needs who experience intimate partner violence.  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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