Staff Profiles: Dr. Liz Ellis

Dr. Liz Ellis

Staff Profile: Dr. Liz Ellis
Research Assistant

Dr. Liz Ellis

Dr. Liz Ellis

Research Assistant

Health and Social Care


I’m passionate about getting people involved in social research and believe social theory should be accessible. My key interests (other than research) are disability studies and the sociology of health.

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Before entering education, I worked supporting young and usually disabled people to access education and providing care for older disabled people. My interest in disability was consolidated and politicised when I became a student, leading me to take emancipatory and co-productive approaches to research at postgrad and PhD level. I have presented my work widely, both in the UK and abroad.


Award Title Institution Date
Bsc (Hons) Combined Social Sciences Cornwall College, University of Plymouth 2004
MSc Social Research University of Plymouth 2008
PhD Health and Social Care Open University 2015

Teaching and research


Liz is interested in qualitative and innovative research involving meaningful and inclusive co-production that benefits disabled people and wider society.


More publications from Dr. Liz Ellis can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Member of the Social History of Learning Disabilities research group at the Open University and the Learning Disability Alliance

Subjects for media interviews

Inclusive research

Mobile methods

Disability studies

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