Alison Wilde
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Research interests

I joined Leeds Trinity University as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology  and Crimnology in September 2022. Earlier academic  roles I worked in, include teaching and research roles at the Open University, Leeds Beckett University, Bangor University, the University of York, University College Dublin, and the University of Leeds.

Much of my research has been on media and culture. This has often focused on disability, and/or gender. My first book is entitled Film, Comedy and Disability: Understanding Humour and Genre in Cinematic Constructions of Impairment and Disability' (Routledge  and my second one will be entitled Performing Disability (Peter Lang), being a study of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.

I am also a Series Editor of  a book series for Peter Lang on Disability Media and Culture. I co-founded the MeCCSA Disability Studies Group, and  co-founded,and co-convene, The British Sociological Association's Disability Studies Group.

Other research has focused on a variety of sociological topics; including disability studies projects, health and illness, poverty, social and educational inclusion, gender, parenting, fashion, Higher Education, diversity, and inclusion (and class), and social inequalities.

Teaching and Administration at LTU

I am Level Five Tutor for Criminology; Criminology & Policing, and currently manage the following modules: Level 4 - Sociological Thought and Theory, and Policing and Protecting the State; and Level 5 - Crime, Media, Culture; Level 6 Dissertations.




Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Disability fictions: The production of gendered impairments and disability in soap opera discourses, University of Leeds

1 Oct 199831 Mar 2022

Award Date: 22 Mar 2004

Master of Arts, Sociology of Contemporary Culture, University of York

1 Oct 19901 Sept 1991

Award Date: 1 Sept 1991

Bachelor of Arts, Community Studies, Bradford College

23 Sept 198623 May 1990

Award Date: 4 Jul 1990

External positions

Visiting Researcher, Durham University

4 Jan 202231 May 2023

ISRF Fellow, Independent Social Research Foundation

4 Jan 202228 Feb 2023

External Examiner, Liverpool Hope University

1 Sept 0207 → …

REF 2029 UOA

  • UOA20 - Social Work and Social Policy


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