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.