Research Profile

Claire Edwards

Biography

Claire Edwards joined the School of Applied Social Studies in 2004. Her background is in urban and cultural geography and social policy. After completing her doctorate in the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London in 2000, she spent three years working in social policy research, firstly at the Disability Rights Commission and then at the Department for Work and Pensions in the UK.

Claire's work revolves around three main areas (i) disability, socio-spatial (in)justice and citizenship rights (ii) urban space and urban policy processes (iii) the politics and governance of knowledge production. She has a particular interest in the socio-geographical dynamics and inequities of law and policy as they construct and address social 'problems': her most recent co-edited collection (with Eluska Fernandez) Reframing Health and Health Policy in Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2017) seeks to explore these dynamics in the context of Irish health policy. Claire has received research funding from a range of agencies, including the National Disability Authority, Irish Research Council, and EU 7th Framework programme. She is currently Principal Investigator of a 2 year (2017-19) Irish Research Council-funded study, 'Disability and the Creation of Safe(r) Space', exploring disabled people's everyday geographies of (un)safety in the context of experience or fear of violent crime and hostility in Ireland.

Claire teaches across a range of programmes in the School of Applied Social Studies, including the Masters in Social Policy (MSocSc) and Bachelor and Master of Social Work programmes (BSW/MSW). She is co-founder of the successful Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) programme, and is heavily involved in postgraduate supervision. In June 2017, she took up the position of Director of ISS21 (Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century), UCC's interdisciplinary social science research institute.

Research Interests

My research interests centre around three main themes:

(1) Disability, socio-spatial (in)justice and citizenship rights:
my work in the arena of disability aims to interrogate the socio-political processes which shape how disability is understood and ‘governed’ in Western societies, and explores the implications for disabled people’s everyday lives in terms of socio-spatial justice and rights to equal citizenship, My research has brought social and geographical theory to bear on an analysis of the social relations of disability across policy arenas including health, urban regeneration and criminal justice, and I am interested in developing critical theoretical approaches which move understandings of disability beyond a reductive medical-social binary.

 

(2) Urban space and urban policy processes: since completion of my doctoral research, which explored the involvement of disabled people in urban policy programmes, I have maintained a keen interest in debates around the ‘urban challenge’, urban inequality and the dynamics and outcomes of urban policy. These are debates which I discuss in my co-authored book (with Rob Imrie) The Short Guide to Urban Policy (Policy Press, 2017).


(3) Constructing and governing knowledge: I have a strong interest in examining how knowledges are produced and circulated, how different types of knowledge are employed in policy-making processes, and who gets to shape research agendas. My work on the EU 7th Framework study European Patients’ Organisations in Knowledge Society (2009-12), with colleagues Orla O’Donovan and Máire Leane, charted these debates by exploring the construction and governance of health knowledges by patients’ organisations in Europe. These epistemic dilemmas are ones I return to again and again in my research and writing, whether in disability or the urban realm.


 
Research projects/funding

2017 Irish Research Council Research for Policy and Society Scheme: Disability and the Creation of Safe(r) Space (SAFE(R)SPACE). Two year project (2017-19) exploring disabled people’s everyday geographies of (un)safety in the context of experience/fear of violence and hostility in Ireland. Role: PI.

2015 National Disability Authority Research Promotion Scheme: Adult Siblings of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorders: Relationships, Roles and Support Needs. Awarded with M. Leane and A. Kingston (Applied Social Studies) to conduct qualitative research on experiences and support needs of siblings of individuals with ID/ASD. Role: Co-I.

2013 National Disability Authority Research Promotion Scheme: Barriers and Facilitators to Developing Community Supports as a Basis for Independent Living: the Experiences and Perceptions of People with Acquired Brain Injury Awarded with C. Dalton, AM Martin, M. Caples (School of Nursing and Midwifery) and A. Kingston, J. O'Riordan (Applied Social Studies) to conduct a piece of qualitative research exploring experiences of people with ABI in accessing community supports.

2012 Equality Small Grants Fund. Awarded with Dr. Shane Kilcommins, Faculty of Law, in partnership with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, to conduct an international comparative legal review of provisions for people with disabilities who are victims of crime. Role: Co-I.

2011 Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) New Ideas Grant: People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime: Promoting Equitable Access to the Criminal Justice System. Funding received to run a conference on disabled people’s access to the criminal justice system as victims of crime. Role: PI.

2011 IRCHSS Summer School. Awarded funding as a Co-I with six colleagues to organise a summer school in UCC on ‘Conceptualising and Measuring Poverty: Methods for the 21st Century, 18-22 June 2012. Role: Co.I.

2011 National Disability Authority Research Promotion Scheme: Access to Justice for People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime, May 2011- April 2012. Awarded funding to conduct literature review and interviews exploring disabled people’s access to the criminal justice system as victims of crime (with Dr. Shane Kilcommins, Faculty of Law, and Gill Harold, Applied Social Studies). Role: PI.

2009 EU 7th Framework Science in Society project: European Patients’ Organisations in Knowledge Society (EPOKS) (2009-2012). Project exploring the role of patients’ organisations in the production and governance of (medical) knowledge (with colleagues Orla O’Donovan, Máire Leane, and Etaoine Howlett). Role Co-I.

2009 IRCHSS Research Development Initiative (RDI) Visiting Fellowship: awarded on the theme of ‘Disability and the Contemporary City’. Role: PI.


Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2017)Reframing Health and Health Policy in Ireland: A Governmental Analysis.
Edwards, C. and Fernandez, E. (eds). (2017) Reframing Health and Health Policy in Ireland: A Governmental Analysis. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2015)The Short Guide to Urban Policy.
Edwards, C.and Imrie, R. (2015) The Short Guide to Urban Policy. Bristol: Policy Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)'Transformations in the Irish ADHD Disorder Regime - from a Disorder 'You Have to Fight to Get' to one 'You Have to Wait to Get''
Edwards, C. and O'Donovan, O. (2017) 'Transformations in the Irish ADHD Disorder Regime - from a Disorder 'You Have to Fight to Get' to one 'You Have to Wait to Get'' In: Bergey, M, Filipe, A., Conrad, P. and Singh, I (eds). Global Perspectives on ADHD: Social Dimensions of Diagnosis and Treatment in 16 Countries. Baltimore: John Hopkins Press. [Details]
(2017)'Analysing health and health policy: introducing the governmentality turn'
Edwards, C. and Fernandez, E. (2017) 'Analysing health and health policy: introducing the governmentality turn' In: Reframing Health and Health Policy in Ireland: A Governmental Analysis. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2017)'Assessment of Need as a technology of government in Ireland's Disability Act 2005'
Edwards, C. (2017) 'Assessment of Need as a technology of government in Ireland's Disability Act 2005' In: Reframing Health and Health Policy in Ireland: A Governmental Analysis. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2017)'Conclusion: governmentality, health policy and the place of critical politics'
Fernandez, E. and Edwards, C. (2017) 'Conclusion: governmentality, health policy and the place of critical politics' In: Reframing Health and Health Policy in Ireland: A Governmental Analysis. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2014)'Emplacing disabled bodies/minds in criminal law: regulating sex and sexual consent in Ireland's Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993'
Edwards, C. (2014) 'Emplacing disabled bodies/minds in criminal law: regulating sex and sexual consent in Ireland's Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993' In: Disability - Spaces and Places of Policy Exclusion. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2010)'Evaluating workfare: disability, policy and the role of geography'
Edwards, C. (2010) 'Evaluating workfare: disability, policy and the role of geography' In: Towards Enabling Geographies: 'Disabled' Bodies and Minds in Society and Space. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing. [Details]
(2009)'Disability and the City'
Edwards, C. (2009) 'Disability and the City' In: Encyclopaedia of Urban Studies. London: Sage Publications. [Details]
(2003)'Disability and the discourses of the Single Regeneration Budget'
Edwards, C.; (2003) 'Disability and the discourses of the Single Regeneration Budget' In: Urban Renaissance? New Labour, community and urban policy. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2015)'Introduction to special issue: creating equitable access to justice for people with disabilities as victims of crime: Ireland's criminal justice system and the challenge of disability rights'
Edwards, C; Kilcommins, S; Harold, G (2015) 'Introduction to special issue: creating equitable access to justice for people with disabilities as victims of crime: Ireland's criminal justice system and the challenge of disability rights'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 5 (1):1-4   [Details]
(2015)'Show me a justice system that's open, transparent, accessible and inclusive: barriers to access in the criminal justice system for people with disabilities as victims of crime'
Edwards, C; Harold, G; Kilcommins, S (2015) 'Show me a justice system that's open, transparent, accessible and inclusive: barriers to access in the criminal justice system for people with disabilities as victims of crime'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 5 (1):86-105   [Details]
(2014)'DeafSpace and the principles of universal design'
Edwards, C,Harold, G (2014) 'DeafSpace and the principles of universal design'. Disability and Rehabilitation, 36 :1350-1359 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Spatialising the contentious politics of ADHD: networks and scalar strategies in health social movement activism'
Edwards, C. (2014) 'Spatialising the contentious politics of ADHD: networks and scalar strategies in health social movement activism'. Health and Place, 29 :52-59 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Pathologising the victim: law and the construction of people with disabilities as victims of crime in Ireland'
Edwards, C (2014) 'Pathologising the victim: law and the construction of people with disabilities as victims of crime in Ireland'. Disability & Society, 29 :685-698 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in France and Ireland: parents' groups' scientific and political framing of an unsettled condition'
Edwards, C; Howlett, E; Akrich, M; Rabeharisoa, V (2014) 'Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in France and Ireland: parents' groups' scientific and political framing of an unsettled condition'. BioSocieties, [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Victims of Crime with Disabilities in Ireland: Invisible Citizens within an Adversarial Paradigm of Justice'
Kilcommins, S. Edwards, C. Harold, G. (2013) 'Victims of Crime with Disabilities in Ireland: Invisible Citizens within an Adversarial Paradigm of Justice'. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 23 (2):45-55 [Details]
(2013)'Putting knowledge to trial: 'ADHD parents' and the evaluation of alternative therapeutic regimes'
Edwards, C,Howlett, E (2013) 'Putting knowledge to trial: 'ADHD parents' and the evaluation of alternative therapeutic regimes'. Social Science & Medicine, 81 :34-41 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Spacing access to justice: geographical perspectives on disabled people's interactions with the criminal justice system as victims of crime'
Edwards, C (2013) 'Spacing access to justice: geographical perspectives on disabled people's interactions with the criminal justice system as victims of crime'. Area, 45 :307-313 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'The anomalous wellbeing of disabled people: a response'
Edwards, C. (2013) 'The anomalous wellbeing of disabled people: a response'. Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy, 32 (2):189-196 [Details]
(2009)'Regeneration works? Disabled people and area-based urban renewal'
Edwards, C; (2009) 'Regeneration works? Disabled people and area-based urban renewal'. Critical Social Policy, 29 :613-633 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Participative Urban Renewal? Disability, Community and Partnership in New Labour's Urban Policy'
Edwards, C.; (2008) 'Participative Urban Renewal? Disability, Community and Partnership in New Labour's Urban Policy'. Environment and Planning A, 40 (7):1664-1680 [Details]
(2008)'Disability and the implications of the wellbeing agenda: Some reflections from the United Kingdom'
Edwards, C,Imrie, R; (2008) 'Disability and the implications of the wellbeing agenda: Some reflections from the United Kingdom'. Journal of Social Policy, 37 :337-355 [DOI] [Details]
(2007)'The Geographies of Disability: Reflections on the Development of a Sub-Discipline'
Imrie, R. and Edwards, C.; (2007) 'The Geographies of Disability: Reflections on the Development of a Sub-Discipline'. Geography Compass, 1 (3):623-640 [Details]
(2003)'Disability and Bodies as Bearers of Value'
Edwards, C. and Imrie, R.; (2003) 'Disability and Bodies as Bearers of Value'. Sociology, 37 (2):239-256 [Details]
(2002)'Barriers to involvement: the disconnected worlds of disability and regeneration'
Edwards, C.; (2002) 'Barriers to involvement: the disconnected worlds of disability and regeneration'. Local Economy, 17 (2):123-135 [Details]
(2001)'Inclusion in regeneration: a place for disabled people?'
Edwards, C.; (2001) 'Inclusion in regeneration: a place for disabled people?'. Urban Studies, 38 (1):267-286 [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2016)Adult Siblings of Individuals with Intellectual Disability/Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Relationships, Roles and Support Needs.
Leane, M., Kingston, A and Edwards, C. (2016) Adult Siblings of Individuals with Intellectual Disability/Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Relationships, Roles and Support Needs. National Disability Authority, Dublin.   [Details]
(2014)Living with Acquired Brain Injury.
Dalton, C., Kingston, A., Martin, A. M., O’Riordan, J., Caples, M. and Edwards, C. (2014) Living with Acquired Brain Injury. National Disability Authority, Dublin: Ireland.   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2014)An International Review of Legal Provisions and Supports for People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime.
Kilcommins, S., Edwards, C. and O'Sullivan, T. (2014) An International Review of Legal Provisions and Supports for People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime. Irish Council for Civil Liberties/Equality Authority, Dublin. [Details]
(2012)Access to Justice for People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime in Ireland.
Edwards, C., Harold, G., Kilcommins, S. (2012) Access to Justice for People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime in Ireland. National Disability Authority, Dublin.   [Details]
(2011)Europeanisation of ADHD: ADHD-Europe.
Edwards, C., Howlett, E., Akrich, M. and Rabeharisoa, V. (2011) Europeanisation of ADHD: ADHD-Europe. European Commission, Brussels. [Details]
(2011)The Irish National Council of ADHD Support Groups.
Edwards, C., Howlett, E. and O'Donovan, O. (2011) The Irish National Council of ADHD Support Groups. European Commission, Brussels. [Details]
(2005)City of Difference: Mapping Social Exclusion in Cork.
Edwards, C. and Linehan, D (2005) City of Difference: Mapping Social Exclusion in Cork. Cork City Council, Cork.   [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2012)Disabled People and Housing: Choices, Opportunities and Barriers.
Edwards, C (2012) Disabled People and Housing: Choices, Opportunities and Barriers. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2009)Accessible housing: quality, disability and design.
Edwards, C (2009) Accessible housing: quality, disability and design. Book Reviews [Details]
(2000)Joined-up Places? Social cohesion and neighbourhood regeneration.
Edwards, C. (2000) Joined-up Places? Social cohesion and neighbourhood regeneration. Book Reviews [Details]
(1999)Transforming Cities: Contested Governance and New Spatial Divisions.
Edwards, C. (1999) Transforming Cities: Contested Governance and New Spatial Divisions. Book Reviews [Details]
(1999)Cities, Economic Competition and Urban Policy.
Edwards, C. (1999) Cities, Economic Competition and Urban Policy. Book Reviews [Details]
(2012)Disabled People and Housing.
Edwards, C. (2012) Disabled People and Housing. Book Reviews [Details]

Generic

 YearPublication
(2004)Disability and the regeneration agenda: making the links.
Edwards, C; (2004) Disability and the regeneration agenda: making the links. Generic [Details]
(1998)Exploring the interrelationships between the state and disabled people: discourses, institutions and identities.
Edwards, C.; (1998) Exploring the interrelationships between the state and disabled people: discourses, institutions and identities. Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX: Generic [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
1997ESRC PhD Scholarship Economic and Social Research Council

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2017)Urban Space and the Body,
Edwards, C. (2017) Embodied geographies of (un)safety: disability, hate and the city. [Oral Presentation], Urban Space and the Body, University College Cork , 09-JUN-17 - 10-JUN-17. [Details]
(2016)International Network of Hate Studies,
Edwards, C. (2016) Tackling disability hate crime: putting hate in its place. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Network of Hate Studies, University of Limerick , 24-MAY-16 - 26-MAY-16. [Details]
(2013)Understanding Universal Design,
Edwards C. and Harold, G. (2013) DeafSpace and the principles of universal design. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Understanding Universal Design, Kings College London , 19-APR-13 - 19-APR-13. [Details]
(2012)Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology,
Edwards, C. (2012) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in France and Ireland: Parents’ groups’ scientific and political framing of an unsettled condition. [Oral Presentation], Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen , 17-OCT-12 - 20-OCT-12. [Details]
(2012)Creating Equitable Access to Justice: Recognising People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime,
Edwards, C. (2012) 'Show me a justice system that's open, transparent, accessible and inclusive': maaping access to the Irish criminal justice system for people with disabilities as victims of crime. [Oral Presentation], Creating Equitable Access to Justice: Recognising People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime, University College Cork , 03-MAY-12 - 04-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)Disability and Spaces and Places of Exclusion,
Edwards, C. (2012) 'Spacing' access to justice: geographical perspectives on disabled people's interactions with the criminal justice system as victims of crime. [Oral Presentation], Disability and Spaces and Places of Exclusion, Lancaster University, United Kingdom , 16-APR-12 - 17-MAY-12. [Details]
(2011)Monitoring Parents: Science, Evidence, Experts and the New Parenting Culture,
Edwards, C. and Howlett, E. (2011) The new professionals: 'ADHD parents' and the evaluation of alternative therapeutic regimes. [Oral Presentation], Monitoring Parents: Science, Evidence, Experts and the New Parenting Culture, University of Kent, United Kingdom , 13-SEP-11 - 14-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)New Poverties, Social Justice and Human Rights,
Edwards, C. (2011) Creating a victim identity? Imagining people with disabilities as victims of crime. [Oral Presentation], New Poverties, Social Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork , 30-SEP-11 - 30-SEP-11. [Details]
(2006)Department of Applied Social Studies Seminar Series, UCC,
Edwards, C.; (2006) Participative governance? Disability, community and partnership in New Labour¿s urban policy. [Oral Presentation], Department of Applied Social Studies Seminar Series, UCC, University College Cork , 16-JAN-06 - 16-JAN-06. [Details]
(2006)Third Disability Studies Association conference, UK,
Edwards, C. ; (2006) Healthy bodies and the new morality of 'wellbeing' and disability. [Oral Presentation], Third Disability Studies Association conference, UK, UK , 18-SEP-06 - 20-SEP-06. [Details]
(2006)Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers,
Edwards, C.; (2006) Urban social exclusion in Cork, Ireland: patterns, policy and outcomes of recent economic and social transformations. [Oral Presentation], Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, US , 07-MAR-06 - 11-MAR-06. [Details]
(2004)Fourth Disability Studies Association conference,
Edwards, C.; (2004) The geographies of disability and a re-evaluation of the social relations of research production. [Oral Presentation], Fourth Disability Studies Association conference, Lancaster University, UK , 02-SEP-04 - 04-SEP-04. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science (CACSSS) Research and Innovation Committee Member2014 /
School of Applied Social Studies Research Committee Member2013 /
School Graduate Studies Committee Member of the committee.2011 /
Wallaroo Playschool Board Director2013 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer in Social Policy01-SEP-04 /
Department for Work and Pensions, UK Senior Research Officer01-JAN-03 / 31-AUG-04
Department for Work and Pensions, UK Research Officer01-JAN-02 / 01-JAN-03
Disability Rights Commission, UK Research Officer01-NOV-00 / 01-JAN-02

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2000University of London PhDIntegrating disabled people into the regeneration of British cities
1997University of London MAM.A Cultural Geography
1995University of Nottingham BA (Hons)Geography

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Transactions Of The Institute Of British Geographers Referee-
Journal Of Social Policy Referee-
Environment And Planning B: Planning And Design Referee-
Urban Studies Referee-
Social Science And Medicine Referee-
Disability & Society Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

Mentor to female academics in UCC as part of the 'Through the Glass Ceiling' project's female-to-female academic mentoring scheme.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests centre around two main themes:

(1) Understanding disability: theory, policy and practice. I teach issues pertaining to disability across a range of postgraduate programmes, including the MSocSc Social Policy, Masters of Social Work (contributing to SS6202: Social work settings 2) and Bachelor of Social Work (SS2214: Social work practice contexts)). I seek to explore the way in which different understandings of disability become embedded in legislation and policy and practice contexts. I am particularly interested in exploring how rights-based ways of working with people with disabilities might be promoted.

(2) Conducting social research: methodologies and the politics of research production. On the Doctor of Social Science programme, I am involved in teaching on social research methodologies (including qualitative research and survey design), and the politics and ethics of conducting research. I am also involved in supervising research projects on the undergraduate BSocSc degree. 

I have supervised several MSocSc Social Policy research theses in the area of disability and geographies of health and illness, and am currently supervising the following doctoral students:

Jessica Amberson (co-supervised with Catherine Forde) (DSocSc)

Naomi Feely (co-supervised with Órla O'Donovan) (DSocSc)

Asong Fualefock (co-supervised with Eleanor Bantry-White) (PhD Social Work)

Eileen Williamson (co-supervised with Caitriona ni Laoire) (DSocSc)


Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2012Gill Harold University College CorkPHDDeafness, Difference and the City: Geographies of urban difference and the right to the Deaf city

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2018An Introduction to Social Research SS7001An Introduction to Social Research
2018Philosophies of Social Science SS7002Philosophies of Social Science
2018Research Methods and Skills 1: Qualitative SS7003Research Methods and Skills 1: Qualitative
2018Social Policy Debates and Processes SS7004Social Policy Debates and Processes
2018The Politics of Social Research SS7007The Politics of Social Research
2018Designing for Research and Evaluation SS7008Designing for Research and Evaluation

Contact details

  • Claire Edwards
    Director
  • Institute For Social Sciences In The 21st Century

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