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Ableism, Microaggressions and the Law

   School of Education and Social Work

About the Project

Studies in Ableism (SiA) is now a recognised sub-specialism of critical disability studies and focuses on ways that abledment (the process of being/becoming ‘abled’) is located within societal processes and practices. Temporality, place and context are significant for the formation of bodies and populations marked as ‘abled’, and the remnant sometimes marked as ‘disabled’. Law, along with medicine has played a crucial role in shaping legal regimes and public policy discourses around disability and liveability.

This project seeks PhD candidates who are interested in investigating the formation a jurisprudence of disability within common law and civil law systems. This project could be in criminal law (the disabled subject as a witness, victim or perpetrator in sexual offences), civil law (negligence or torts), welfare or administrative law (social insurance, benefit systems) or mental health law (disabled subjects of incarceration, consent and restraint), post-conflict reconciliation, to name a few areas. The research could be sited as historical, contemporary, comparative or cover all three domains. This project would suit PhD students from social sciences (law, legal studies, politics, management studies, sociology), and community learning & development.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell ()

For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.


Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Professor Campbell, formal applications can be made via the direct application system. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Social Work: Education, social work, and community education research degrees | University of Dundee.

Please select the study mode (full-time/part-time) and start date agreed with the lead supervisor.

 In the Research Proposal section, please:

-       Enter the lead supervisor’s name in the ‘proposed supervisor’ box

-       Enter the project title listed at the top of this page in the ‘proposed project title’ box

In the ‘personal statement’ section, please outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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