Dr Kirsty Liddiard

Dr Kirsty Liddiard


Kirsty is a currently a Research Fellow within iHuman and the School of Education. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick and, following this, Kirsty became the inaugural Ethel Louise Armstrong Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Kirsty Liddiard on Twitter @KirstyLiddiard1 

Research Interests

Kirsty’s research spans a number of areas; most explicitly the intersections of disability, impairment and embodiment; disablism and ableism; and gender, sexuality, intimacy and sexual citizenship in contemporary cultures. Since joining the University of Sheffield, Kirsty’s interests have broadened considerably towards disabled childhood and youth, learning disability, austerity and civil society, and humanness and humanity.

Kirsty is currently co-leading Disability, life, Death and the Human: Living Life to the Fullest (ESRC, ES/P001041/1) with Professors Dan Goodley (iHuman) and Katherine Runswick-Cole (MMU). Working in partnership with children and young people with ‘life-limiting’ or ‘life-threatening’ impairments and their allies, Living Life to the Fullest aims to explore the lives, hopes, desires and contributions of disabled children and young people through arts-informed methods.

An avid public sociologist and activist scholar, Kirsty sees the effective, ethical and accessible communication of knowledge as a form of social, political, and economic justice. As such, she researches with and within marginalised communities and translates and disseminates all new knowledges from her research outside of the academy to non-academic audiences, spaces, and readers, as well as to key stakeholders of the research (disabled people, their organisations, and allies). This ensures that research findings have meaningful impact; that they ‘exist’ in real life worlds and thus are referred to, read by, and transfer to the everyday lives of disabled people.

Key Publications

Liddiard, K (in press) The Intimate Lives of Disabled People: Sex and Relationships (working title) Routledge, ISBN 978-1-4094-6090-9).

Runswick-Cole, T. Curran and K. Liddiard, (eds.) (in press) The Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Ltd.

Rice, C., Chandler, E., Rinaldi, J., Liddiard, K,  Changfoot, N., Mykitiuk, R., Mundel, I. (2017) ‘Imagining Disability Futurities‘, Hypatia [early view] DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12321

Rice, C., Chandler, E., Harrison, E. Liddiard, K. and Rinaldi, J. (2017) ‘Pedagogical Possibilities for Unruly Bodies’ Gender and Education. DOI:10.1080/09540253.2016.1247947

Ignagni, E., Fudge-Schormans, A., Liddiard, K. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2016) ‘Some people aren’t allowed to love: Intimate Citizenship in the lives of people labelled with intellectual disabilities’, Disability and Society, DOI:10.1080/09687599.2015.1136148 OPEN ACCESS

Liddiard, K. and Goodley, D. (2016) ‘The Mouth and Dis/Ability’, Community Dental Health: Special Issue, 33, 152–155

Rice, C., Chandler, E., Harrison, E. Liddiard, K. & Ferrari, M. (2015) ‘Project Re•Vision: Disability at the Edges of Representation’, Disability and Society, 30:4, 513-527 OPEN ACCESS

Dan Goodley, Katherine Runswick-Cole & Kirsty Liddiard (2015) ‘The DisHuman Child’, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education: Special Issue: Fabulous Monsters: alternative discourses of childhood in education, 37: 5, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2015.1075731 OPEN ACCESS

Slater, J. and Liddiard, K. (in press) “Like, pissing yourself is not a particularly attractive quality, let’s be honest”: Learning to Contain through Youth, Adulthood, Disability and Sexuality’, Sexualities Special Issue: Pleasure and Desire.

Liddiard, K. (2014). ‘“I never felt like she was just doing it for the money”: The Intimate (Gendered) Realities of Purchasing Sexual Pleasure and Intimacy’, Sexualities, 17: 7, 837–855

Liddiard, K. (2014). ‘Liking for Like’s Sake: The Commodification of Disability on Facebook’. Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 20: 3, 94-101

Liddiard, K. (2014) ‘The Work of Disabled Identities in Intimate Relationships’, Disability and Society, 29: 1, 115-128, DOI:10.1080/09687599.2013.776486

Liddiard, K. (2013) ‘Reflections on the Process of Researching Disabled People’s Sexual Lives’, Social Research Online, 18 (3) 10.