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Dr Chrissie Rogers (PhD, FHEA)

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Chrissie Rogers
Chrissie joined Aston Sociology in September 2012. She graduated from Essex with her PhD (ESRC) in Sociology in 2004 and immediately secured an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge University. The PhD research was with mothers and fathers who have children identified with ‘special educational needs’, which she subsequently published as a monograph for Palgrave in 2007 as Parenting and Inclusive Education. She then went on to lecture at Keele and Brunel before moving to Anglia Ruskin as a director of PhD research and the Childhood and Youth Research Institute. During this time Chrissie continued to publish in the areas of mothering, disability and sociology of education, but has also moved on to more theoretical research in the area of, for example, Being Human and ‘Inclusion’ and is currently writing a book Intellectual Disability and Social Theory: Philosophical Debates on Being Human for Routledge. That said she has also followed up on research within the area of relationships and intellectual disability and completed a qualitative pilot with young disabled people on discussing their relationships, friendships and leisure time with Dr Tam Sanger. More recently Chrissie has co-edited a book, Critical Approaches to Care: understanding caring relations, identities and cultures, with Dr Susie Weller and is interested in continuing to follow up research within a care ethics discourse. She has also published research papers in, for example, Sexualities, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Disability and Society and International Journal of Inclusive Education. Chrissie remains passionate about intellectual disability research and social justice from a sociological perspective and a personal position.  

Qualifications & Education

  • PhD (ESRC) (Essex) 
  • MA (Essex)
  • BA (Hons) (Essex)
  • PG Cert (Keele) 
  • HEA Fellow 

Teaching 2013-14

  • LK1009 - Social Theory 1 (TP1) 
  • LK1003 & LK1021 - Research Methods 1 (TP 1 & 2) 
  • LY2018 - Social Theory 2 (TP1) 
  • LY3009 - Sociology and Politics of Education (TP2) 
  • LYM011 - Being Human: Disability and the Social World (TP2)

Research Interests

  • Care and care ethics
  • Inclusion (‘inclusive education’, inequalities, social justice, rights)
  • Intellectual Disability (learning disability, intellectual impairment, ‘special educational needs’)
  • Mothering
  • Sexualities and Relationships
  • Social Theory (e.g. Disability and Feminist Theory, ethics of care, social justice, Capabilities)
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Rogers, C. and Weller, S. [eds.] (2013) Critical Approaches to Care: understanding caring relations, identities and cultures, London, Routledge 
  • Rogers, C. (2013) ‘Intellectual disability and mothering: an engagement with ethics of care and emotional work’in C, Rogers and S, Weller [eds.] Critical Approaches to Care: Understanding caring relations, identities and cultures London, Routledge 
  • Rogers, C (2013) ‘Mothering for life? Fractured maternal narratives, care and intellectual disability’, in M, Bouvard (ed.) Mother’s of Adult Children, New York, Lexington Press. 
  • Philip, G., Rogers, C. and Weller, S. (2013) ‘Understanding Care, Thinking with Care’ in C, Rogers and S, Weller [eds.] Critical Approaches to Care: Understanding caring relations, identities and cultures London, Routledge 
  • Nutt, L., Rogers, C. and Philip, G. (2013), ‘Caring for and about Families’ in C, Rogers and S, Weller [eds.] Critical Approaches to Care: Understanding caring relations, identities and cultures London, Routledge 
  • Rogers, C. (2012) 'Inclusion, Education and Intellectual Disability: a sociological engagement with Martha Nussbaum’ International Journal of Inclusive Education DOI:10.1080/13603116.2012.727476 
  • Rogers, C. and Ludhra, G. (2012) 'Research ethics: participation, social difference and informed consent' in S, Bradford and F, Cullen [eds.] Research and Research Methods for Youth Practitioners, London, Routledge. 
  • Rogers, C. (2012) ‘Inclusive education, exclusion and difficult difference: a call for humanity?’ review essay for British Journal of Sociology of Education 33 (3) 
  • Richards, D., Watson, S.L., Monger, S., and Rogers, C. (2012) ‘The Right to Sexuality and Relationships’. In F. Owen, D. Griffiths, & S. Watson [eds.], The Human Rights Agenda For Persons With Intellectual Disabilities, New York, NADD Press. 
  • Rogers, C. (2011) ‘Mothering and intellectual disability: partnership rhetoric?’British Journal of Sociology of Education 32 (4) 563-581 
  • Rogers, C. (2010) ‘But it’s not all about the sex: mothering, normalisation and young learning disabled people’ Disability and Society 25 (1) 63-74 
  • Rogers, C. (2009) (S)excerpts from a life told: Sex, gender and learning disabilitySexualities 12 (3) 270-288 
  • Re-produced in: Scott, D. [ed.] (2012) Theories of Learning London, Sage Publications 
  • Rogers, C. (2009) ‘Hope as a mechanism in emotional survival: documenting miscarriage’ Auto/Biography Year Book 2009 Nottingham, Russell Press 
  • Rogers, C. (2008) ‘Sex talk: parenting children with learning disabilities’ in British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) Newsletter Spring, issue 13. 
  • Rogers, C. (2007) Parenting and Inclusive Education: discovering difference, experiencing difficulty Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan 
  • Rogers, C. (2007) ‘Experiencing an ‘inclusive’ education: Parents and their children with special educational needs (SEN)’ British Journal of Sociology of Education 28 (1) 55-68 
  • Rogers, C. (2007) ‘‘Disabling’ a family? Emotional dilemmas experienced in becoming a parent of a learning disabled child’ in British Journal of Special Education 34 (3) 136-143. 
  • Lucey, H., and Rogers, C., (2007) ‘Power and the unconscious in doctoral student-supervisor relationships’’, in, V, Gillies and H, Lucey(eds.) Power, Knowledge and the Academy: The Institutional Is Political Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan 
  • Rogers, C. (2007) ‘Sex, youth and disability’ in Special: supporting and developing good practice November, pp 9-11.     
  • Rogers, C. (2003)‘The mother/researcher in blurred boundaries of a reflexive research process’, Auto/Biography XI (1&2) 47-54. 

Keynotes/invitations to speak

  • (2013) ‘Facts and Fictions of Doctoral Supervision and The Viva: Tales of the Unexpected' ACE (Arts, Creative industries and Education) Post-Graduate Research student conference, University of West of England, June 25 (keynote) 

  • (2013) ‘A sociological story about intellectual disability, mothering and care work’, Changing Models of Motherhood, School of Advances Studies, University of London, Senate House, as part of the AHRC series Motherhood in post 1968 European Literature Network. 
  • (2011) 'I just want some peace in my life': emotional labour and care work in mothering a disabled child’, Debates in Disability Studies II, Manchester Metropolitan University, 16 March 
  • (2010) ‘Doing research reflexively: The case of disability research’ at the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of Toronto, Canada, 27 April, 
  • (2010) ‘Sexual Rights or Wrongs:  Through the Lens of Researcher, Parent & Activist’, Human Rights for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Conference, Brock University, Canada, 21-22 April. 
  • (2009) ‘Doing research reflexively: researching disability’, Annual Fuller Lecture Department of Sociology, University of Essex, 12 November 
  • (2009) ‘Supporting our sons’ and daughters’ relationship and sexuality needs: A parent’s perspective’ at Sexual Rights and Intellectual Disability: Exploring policy, attitudes and support initiatives at the Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, 8 September. 
  • (2009) ‘(S)excerptsfrom a life told: sex, gender and learning’ at Disability, Child and Family, in conjunction with an ESRC funded project "Does every child matter, post Blair? The interconnections of disabled childhoods". Manchester Metropolitan University. 28 April. 
  • (2008) ‘Children, learning disabilities and education: the family and inclusive education’ at ‘Making Research Count: Children in their social context’, Keele University, 22 September. 
  • (2008) ‘Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education: Is it working?’ at Exeter University, Exeter Café Scientifique, organised by The ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis) 7 April 
  • (2008) 'Inclusive Education: Is it working?' at the Annual Inclusion conference 2008: Removing Barriers to Achievement Hertfordshire Development Centre, Wheathampstead. March 14. 
  • (2007) ‘Included or Excluded’ panel debate, School of Education, University of Hertfordshire, along with Dr Ruth Cigman (Chair) Birkbeck College, Professor Brahm Norwich, Exeter University, Lord Colin Low, RNIB and Dr Artemi Sakellariadis, Centre for Studies in Inclusive Education, University of Bristol. 10 October. 

Conference papers/workshops (selected)

  • (2012) ‘Rights and rhetoric for children with educational difficulties: a meaningful education?’ at BSA 2012 Leeds University April 11-13. 
  • (2012) ‘Rights and Rhetoric for children with educational difficulties: theory to practice?’ and ‘‘Out of depth’: untrained Learning Support Assistants to deliver meaningful post-sixteen education?’ (the latter with Dr McLachlan)  at the International Conference: Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World,  convened by the Australian Multi Cultural Interaction Institute, Phuket, Thailand, 16-18 May 
  • (2011) ‘A meaningful education? Rights and Rhetoric for children with educational difficulties’, 10th ESA Conference: Social relations in turbulent times in panel ‘Generations lost: Perspectives on voice and influence, inclusive education and sexuality’ Geneva University, Switzerland 7-10th September.    
  • (2011) ‘Intellectual disability and mothering: an engagement with emotional labour and ethics of care’ BSA 60 Years of Sociology, LSE, London. 6-8 April. 
  • (2010) ‘Mothers with learning disabled children as ‘professional parents’: where is the partnership?,’ Riga 2010: Embracing Inclusive Approaches for Children and Youth with Special Education Needs, Riga, Latvia, 11-14 July. 
  • (2010) ‘The mother and her learning disabled daughter: sexual and citizenship rights’,Beyond citizenship: feminism and the transformation of belonging Birkbeck College, University of London (30 June - 2 July) 
  • (2010) with Prof. Carrabine, ‘Prisoners with Intellectual Disabilities: Citizenship, Justice and Rights’ Human Rights for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Conference, Brock University, Canada, 21-22 April. 
  • (2010) ‘Mothers and their disabled children: where is the partnership?’ British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference 2010, Glasgow Caledonian University, 7-9April. 
  • (2009) ‘Hope as a mechanism in emotional survival: documenting miscarriage’, at Documenting Realities Auto/Biography Annual Conference, (BSA), University of Leicester, 9-11 July. 
  • (2009) ‘But it’s not all about the sex: mothering, normalisation and learning disability’ Mother War conference, University of Surrey, 26-27 June. 
  • (2009)  ‘Learning to Teach, Teaching to learn? The reflective sociologist in higher education’ The British sociological Society (BSA) Annual Conference 2009, Cardiff City Hall, 16-18 April 
  • (2008) ‘(S)excerpts from a life told: sex, gender and learning disability’ 4th Biennial International disability studies conference Lancaster University 2-4 September. 
  • (2007) ‘‘Disabling’ a family? Emotional dilemmas experienced in becoming a parent of a learning disabled child’ 39th BSA Medical Sociology Annual conference Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, 6– 8 September. 
  • (2007) ‘Monitoring parents: apportioning blame for “deviant” behaviour prior to diagnosis of a “special educational need”’ at Monitoring parents: Childrearing in the age of ‘intensive parenting’, University of Kent, 21-22 May 
  • (2007/6) ‘(S)excerpts from a life told: Sexual activity and learning disabled teenagers,  an engagement with auto/ethnography’ at Liquid lives, wholesome selves: Change, legal ritual and autobiographical narrative Westminster University, 25 April 2007 and ‘Interrogating Embodiment’ University of Kent, Canterbury, 24-25November 2006. 
  • (2006) ‘Sexual activity and young adults with learning impairments: an engagement with auto/ethnography’ at Documenting Lives the XVth Auto/Biography Summer Conference, University of Leicester, 13-15 July 
  • (2006) ‘‘Disabling’ a family? Emotional dilemmas experienced in becoming a mother of a learning disabled child’ in the Institute for Life Course Studies (lunchtime seminars), Keele University, 22 March. 
  • (2006) ‘Intimacy and autonomy? The sexual body and learning disability: telling stories’, at a AHRC Centre for Studies in Law, Gender and Sexualityworkshop Regulating Intimacy, University of Kent, Canterbury, 4March. 
  • (2005) ‘Sexual identity and young adults with learning impairments: an engagement with auto/ethnography’ (Re)Creating: Methodologies, Practices, Concepts New Scholars Symposium, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 1-3 September 

Candidates completed:  

  • Shahminan, H. (2013) [PhD] A Critical Exploration of Deaf Young People’s Underachievement in Brunei Darussalam (FT)Brunel University, (with Prof. Rivers)
  • McLachlan, B. (2012) [PhD] ‘Learning for Excellence’, Professional Learning for Learning Support Assistants in Further Education, Anglia Ruskin University (sole supervisor)
  • Al-Zyoud, N. (2012) [PhD] An investigation of the current status of meeting the needs of pupils with learning difficulties in Jordanian schools from special educational needs teachers’ perspective, Brunel University, (with Prof. Rivers).
  • Hill, Y. (2008) [EdD] Doing, Undoing and Redoing: a feminist study of teachers’ professional identities’ Keele University, (associative supervisor with Prof. Ken Jones).

Current PhD candidates (areas):

  • Generation, gender, feminism, access to higher education
  • Inclusive practices in early childhood settings in England and Spain
  • ‘Special Education’ and Modern Foreign Languages, Inclusion and Exclusion  
  • Further education teachers and change agency
  • Dyslexic young people and Identities in transition to secondary school
  • Education and Religion
  • Embodiment and Gender

Students interested in doing a PhD on Inclusion, intellectual disability, care ethics, inclusive education policy, ‘SEN’, mothering, sexual and relationship identities (within qualitative or autobiographical/autoethnographic research) please email for a chat.

  • 2011 -    British Journal of Sociology of Education 
  • 2011 -    International Journal of Adolescence and Youth 
  • 2012 -    RISE: International Journal of Sociology of Education 
  • 2013 -   Sociological Research Online
  • British Sociological Association
  • European Sociological Association
  • National association for special educational needs
  • Women’s Feminist Workshop
Room: N920A
Phone: 0121 204 5377 
Email: c.rogers3@aston.ac.uk 
Fax: 0121 204 3766  

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