Dr Chrissie Rogers (PhD, FHEA)

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Chrissie Rigers 2015

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. 

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

Undergraduate Modules

  • LK1007 Social Theory 1
  • LK2001 Social Theory 2
  • LK3007 Learning to Labour: Education and Society

Postgraduate Modules

  • LYM011 Being Human: Disability and the Social World
  • 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. (2007) Parenting and Inclusive Education: discovering difference, experiencing difficulty Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan

Peer reviewed journal articles

  • Rogers, C. (2013) 'Inclusion, Education and Intellectual Disability: a sociological engagement with Martha Nussbaum’ International Journal of Inclusive Education 17 (9) 988-1002
  • 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 disability Sexualities 12 (3) 270-288(re-produced in Scott, D. [ed.] (2012) Theories of Learning London, Sage Publications)
  • 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.
  • Rogers, C. (2003)‘The mother/researcher in blurred boundaries of a reflexive research process’, Auto/Biography XI (1&2) 47-54. 

Book chapters

  • 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. 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.
  • 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. (2009) ‘Hope as a mechanism in emotional survival: documenting miscarriage’ Auto/Biography Year Book 2009 Nottingham, Russell Press
  • 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 

Non-peer reviewed articles

  • Rogers, C. (2012) ‘Inclusive education, exclusion and difficult difference: a call for humanity?’ review essay for British Journal of Sociology of Education 33 (3).
  • Rogers, C. (2008) ‘Sex talk: parenting children with learning disabilities’ in British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) Newsletter Spring, issue 13.
  • Rogers, C. (2007) ‘Sex, youth and disability’ in Special: supporting and developing good practice November, pp 9-11.

  • (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 theAnnual 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.

Candidates completed:  

  • Lithari, E. (2014) [PhD] Children and their identities: the case of dyslexia and transition to secondary education (FT), Anglia Ruskin University, (lead supervisor, with Dr H Wright)
  • Cooper, L. (2014) [PhD] Extended mothering: a study to determine maternal influences in daughters’ higher education (FT bursary), Anglia Ruskin University, (lead supervisor with Dr H Wright)
  • 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).
  • Levinstein, S. (2012) [MPhil] A combined reading intervention program for dyslexic students in the inclusive EFL classroom in Israel, Anglia Ruskin University, (with Dr Brian White)
  • 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):

  • 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
  • Education and Religion
  • Asperger’s syndrome, young people and inclusion 

Research Degree Examining:

External examiner

  • (2014) (Parents, Down’s syndrome and sexuality: TBC), PhD, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • (2011) A Study of Comparative Effectiveness of Cooperative Learning and Traditional Approach of Teaching Islamic Studies at Elementary Level PhD, University of Education, Lahore
  • (2008) Hong Kong Heroin Users: Acquiring and Managing a Deviant Identity, MPhil, University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

Internal examiner

  • I have been an internal examiner for 5 PhDs and 1 EdD

Students interested in doing a PhD on Inclusion, intellectual disability, care ethics, inclusive education, ‘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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