Dr Chrissie Rogers (PhD, FHEA)

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Chrissie Rigers 2015

Chrissie is currently a Leverhulme Fellow for a project entitled ‘Care-less Spaces: Prisoners with learning difficulties and their families’. Chrissie joined Aston University Sociology in September 2012. She graduated from Essex with her PhD (ESRC) in Sociology (2004) and then secured an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship (Cambridge). She subsequently published a monograph Parenting and Inclusive Education with Palgrave in 2007. Chrissie has held posts at Keele, Brunel and Anglia Ruskin. She has published in the areas of mothering, ‘insider research’, gender and the academy, intellectual disability and sociology of education (for example in, Children’s Geographies, Sociological Research Online, Sexualities, Women’s Studies International Forum, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Disability and Society and International Journal of Inclusive Education). She also completed a small piece of research with young disabled people on relationships, friendships and leisure time, (Rogers, C., with Tuckwell, S., 2016, ‘Co-constructed research and intellectual disability: An exploration of friendship, intimacy and being human’, Sexualities). Chrissie has co-edited Critical Approaches to Care: understanding caring relations, identities and cultures, with Susie Weller. Recently Chrissie completed research in developing a care ethics model of disability which is published with Routledge as Intellectual Disability and Being Human: a care ethics model. As well as the prisons research Chrissie has also carried out some small scale research with non-biological mothers (autism and looked after children). 

  • 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
  • Families
  • Sexualities and Relationships
  • Social Theory (e.g. Disability and Feminist Theory, Ethics of Care, Social Justice, Capabilities)
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Prisoner research
  • Learning disability
  • Mental health


Rogers, C. (2007) Parenting and Inclusive Education: discovering difference, experiencing difficulty Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Rogers, C. (2016) ‘‘I’m complicit and I’m ambivalent and that’s crazy’: care-less spaces for women in the academy’ Women’s Studies International Forum http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2016.07.002 

Book chapters

  • Rogers, C & Ludhra, G 2012,Research ethics: participation, social difference and informed consent. in S Bradford & F Cullen (eds),Research and research methods for youth practitioners.Routledge, London, pp. 43-65.
  • Rogers, C 2012,Intellectual disability and mothering: an engagement with ethics of care and emotional work. in C Rogers & S Weller (eds),Critical approaches to care: understanding caring relations, identities and cultures.Relationship and Resources, Routledge, London, pp. 132-143.
  • Philip, G, Rogers, C & Walker, S 2012,Understanding care and thinking with care. in C Rogers & S Weller (eds),Critical approaches to care: understanding caring relations, identities and cultures.Relationship and Resources, Routledge, London, pp. 1-12.
  • Lucey, H & Rogers, C 2007,Power and the unconscious in doctoral student-supervisor resationships. in V Gillies & H Lucey (eds),Power, knowledge and the academy: the institutional is political.Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke (UK), pp. 16-35.

    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:  

    • Corral Granados, A. (2016) [PhD] Educators developing inclusion in early childhood settings in primary schools: two European exploratory case studies, Anglia Ruskin University (revisions in progress).
    • D’almeida, E (2015 ) [PhD] ‘SEN’ learners in the Modern Foreign Languages classroom: exclusion in disguise? Aston University
    • 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:

    • Simmons, A. (2014 - ) Autism and transition to higher education (FT) Aston University (associate supervisor Dr K Pilcher)
    • Benoit, C. (2012 -) An empirical investigation of the role of religion in primary schools (PT) Aston University, (associate supervisor Dr S Page)
    • Hall, M. (2009 - ) The new further education teacher as an agent of change: a case study of initial teacher training in further education (PT), Anglia Ruskin University, (lead supervisor Dr G Davis)

    Research Degree Examining:

     External examiner:

    • (2015) Understandings of disability and SEN in the compulsory education sector: relevance for practices in school, the experience of families and the effective inclusion of pupils presenting with challenging behaviours, PhD, Newcastle University, UK
    • (2014) Intellectual Disability and the Right to a Sexual Life: A continuation of the autonomy/paternalism debate, PhD, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, 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