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Stephanie Harvey

Personal statement

Stephanie is undertaking an interdisciplinary PhD in Cultural and Disability Studies. Her research considers marginalisation in the UK context, with a prime focus on mental health, ethnicity and intersectionality. 

Her work links to the D4D research project, led by Martin Levinson. Her previous career focused on UK and international disability policy issues; this experience informs her research.

She is the co-founder of Bath Spa's Power:Control reading group, and she has affiliations with the Centre for Equity, Inclusion and Community, the Empathy and Writing research group and Oxford's Disability Law and Policy project. She also organises Bath Spa's research roundtable. 

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Contemporary Practices and Philosophy – First class honours

Thesis title

'The cheapest kind of understanding': intersectional marginalisation in the UK mental health context

Research supervisors

Professor Martin LevinsonBen SimmonsLucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Research overview

This qualitative research is supported by an AHRC funded studentship connected to the D4D research project. My research takes a critical ethnography approach to consider how being at the intersection of minority ethnicity and disability (in the form of mental health issues and distress) impacts on marginalisation.

Research interests

  • Disability
  • Intersectionality
  • Mental health
  • Minority ethnicity

Publications, conferences and presentations

  • Difficult situations, difficult decisions: a PhD researcher’s experiences, The ethics of representation workshop, 2019
  • ‘The cheapest kind of understanding’: intersectional marginalisation in claiming disability rights?, Nordic Network of Disability Research conference, 2019
  • Avoiding presenting ‘the cheapest kind of understanding’, Empathy in Writing workshop, 2019
  • Disability: What do we mean?, presentation to Office for Disability Issues, 2019
  • UK disability policy: an international stage, presentation to Bristol Jobcentre management meeting, 2018
  • The theoretical to the applicable: translating intersectionality in a disability context, presentation to the Government Equalities Office, 2018
  • The theoretical to the applicable: translating intersectionality in a disability context, Bath Spa research roundtable, 2018
  • Diversity in Disability: Ethnicity and cross-cultural considerations in the UN CRPD examination, presentation to the Office for Disability Issues, 2018
  • Diversity in Disability: Ethnicity and cross-cultural considerations in the UN CRPD examination, Oxford University's Disability Law and Policy conference, 2018

Blogs

Awards and achievements

  • Local Compact Award, Advancing Equality, 2015
  • Exhibitor, Poetry beyond text: Vision, Text and Cognition, a touring exhibition ending at the Royal Scottish Academy, 2011
  • Exhibitor, Next Generation exhibition, Glasgow, 2009. 

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