Disability, Spaces and Places of Exclusion

16-17th April 2012

The aim of the day was to bring together disability studies scholars to consider and reflect upon issues of disability, space and place. Some of the key themes we are considering are:

  • geographies of disability and changing relations of space and place;
  • disability policy, spaces of work and workfare restructuring;
  • disability activism; and
  • other intersecting considerations.


Keynote Address:

Rob Imrie Geographies of Disability and their relevance to disability studies  

Paper presentations:

Disability and changing relationships with space and place – Hannah Morgan & Alan Roulstone

Part of the problem or part of the solution?: A discussion of the reality of ‘Inclusive Access for Disabled Customers’ – Donna Reeve

The spaces of poverty and hybid (re)negotiations of disability: some insights from rural Guatemala – Shaun Grech

Spacing’ access to justice: geographical perspectives on disabled people’s interactions with the criminal justice system as victims of crime – Clare Edwards

Bridging the gap between employment and social care for people with learning disabilities: Local Area Co-ordination and in-between spaces of social inclusion –Edward Hall

Neoliberal restructuring, disabled people and social (in)security in Australia and Britain –Chris Grover and Karen Soldatic

“You’d have to look a certain way to fit in and be Group Managing Director of this company” Examining the importance of ‘aesthetics’ in the careers of disabled leaders –Chris Spooner

Exclusion from the private sphere: Disability and sexuality Andrea Hollomotz

Eroding the ‘Places’ of Support: Emerging geographies of support for people with intellectual disabilities Andrew Power


Disability, spaces and places of policy exclusion, edited by Karen Soldatic, Hannah Morgan and Alan Roulstone, Abingdon, Routledge, 2014, 183 pp., £95.00 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-415-85480-1


‘ a provocative collection of essays that sit at the intersection of geography, sociology, and policy studies….Taken together, the chapters included in Disability, Spaces and Places of Policy Exclusion offer compelling evidence of the need to bring together multidisciplinary work that specifically addresses and critically analyses the uniquely and locally situated nature of global disability experiences.’  ‘Disability Studies’ by Michael Rembis in The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (2015) 23 (1): 162-189. doi: 10.1093/ywcct/mbv007

‘an important contribution to the literature addressing geographies of disability. The collection offers rich evidence for the relevance of a spatial and temporal analysis of social policy, and the variety of topics will be useful to all those working with or studying issues of disability and geography.’ Disability & Society review by Deborah Fenney