Associate Professor of Social Policy and Disability Studies

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7088634 (Ref.No. ESLSS1074)
Posted: November 9, 2021

Job Description

Are you an experienced academic working at the intersection of social policy and disability studies? Would you like to contribute to the work of the Centre for Disability Studies, playing a significant role in the development of this world-leading Centre? Are you a successful researcher whose networks extend internationally and beyond academia? Are you an enthusiastic educator, committed to inclusive learning and teaching practices, keen to innovate? Do you share our passion for providing students with educational experiences that foster their critical thinking? Do you strive to create a positive work culture and support colleagues? Are you an effective academic leader, keen to grow your experience and expertise? If yes, then this is the position for you.

As an Associate Professor, you will make a valuable contribution to our School and University community via your research, teaching and leadership. 

In the area of research: you will be a core member of the globally renowned Centre for Disability Studies. You will contribute to the generation of research income and produce high-quality research publications. You will have/develop a portfolio of research related activities (e.g. impact and knowledge exchange activities, contributions to discipline) and provide mentorship to earlier career colleagues. You will supervise postgraduate research students. You will be committed to and keen to advance inclusive research practices. 

In the area of teaching: you will contribute to teaching in social policy and disability studies and engage in dissertation supervision. From time to time, you will contribute to other teaching across our undergraduate programmes e.g. in the area of research methods. You will be keen to support your students to become critical-thinkers and change-makers. 

In the area of leadership: you will help shape the future of Disability Studies research and education at the University of Leeds. You will be an advocate and ambassador for interdisciplinary, international, impactful research in this field. You will contribute to the development and delivery of innovative Disability Studies programmes. You will be willing to take on leadership roles within the School, Faculty or University, practising positive and effective management.

Since 1946 the School of Sociology and Social Policy has been a leading international university department for theoretically-engaged, socially relevant and broadly conceived sociological studies. The School provides one of the largest university environments for research and teaching in sociology and social policy in the UK. It continues the proud tradition of social sciences in Leeds that began in 1909, soon after the University was founded. Critical sociologies of the ‘margins’ have been key to the development of the School, underlying its many achievements. It has played a prominent role in developing realist methodologies and qualitative longitudinal research, the study of genders, and bodies, life course, youth and family research and the articulation between critical race theory and postcolonial/decolonial studies.  

The School is a pioneer in Disability Studies as a field of research and education. Current funded research includes a Europe-wide study of young people’s experience of disability activism and a project providing scientific expertise to the European Commission across the field of disability policy. We are currently establishing international teaching collaborations and developing an innovative, interdisciplinary, digital (online) Masters in this area. These exciting projects in the learning and teaching space involve collaboration with disabled people’s and human rights organisations. 

The successful candidate for this position will join the team at the Centre for Disability Studies at exciting moment in its history. The Centre is striving to build upon its many achievements to date including its firm connections with the disabled people’s movement and its establishment of the Disability Archive. Its current Directors recently founded a new open access journal in this field – the International Journal of Disability and Social Justice and together with esteemed colleagues from the UK and overseas, are working to form a community around this publication. The Centre is receiving new investment and additional support from the University to ensure that it can realise its ambitions and contribute to achieving the University’s Strategy 2020-30 ‘Universal Values, Global Change’

The School of Sociology and Social Policy values an inclusive working and teaching environment and our aim is to develop a diverse staff and student community reflective of this. We select candidates on the basis of merit and ability and aspire to further diversify our School and Faculty community. We particularly welcome applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been under-represented in the University including, but not limited to: Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and disabled people.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor S.Sayyid, Head of School, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Social Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Sociology & Social Policy
Category:  Academic
Grade:  Grade 9
Salary:  £51,799 to £60,022 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Monday 08 November 2021
Closing Date:  Sunday 28 November 2021
Reference:  ESLSS1074

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.