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20142019
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Research Interests

Wellbeing of young people, LGBT+, disability, identity.

Biography

 

Alex Toft is a Research Felllow in Children and Families Research Theme in the Centre for Innovative Research Across the Lifecourse (CIRAL) at Coventry University. He graduated from the University of Nottingham where he completed his PhD in 2010. Alex has a social policy and sociological background and has a history of research on rights, particularly with regards to equality and diversity issues. His research interests include sexuality, identity and children’s rights and wellbeing. He has led projects for agencies such as the Fundamental Rights Agency, an EU agency, on themes including LGBT equality, Serious Labour Exploitation and the rights of children with disabilities. He was worked on projects funded by the ESRC and European Commission (Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme).

He is the author of numerous publications with articles in Sexualities, Industrial Law Journal and Archives of Disease in Childhood, with chapters in Researching Non- heterosexual Sexualities (2012), and The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality (2012). He has worked on projects funded by organisations such as NSPCC and the Fundamental Rights Agency (EU), and recently received British Academy funding to conduct research exploring the negotiation of identity in the lives of young disabled LGBT people.

Vision Statement

 

Alex’s primary research area is concerned with giving voice to marginalised communities. This includes conducting innovate research projects which have a real impact on people’s lives. Alex aims to use respected methodologies which are supported with new methods aimed at engaging participants. His vision is to work closely with those taking part but also to encourage them to take the lead. Alex’s research is multi-disciplinary with strong links to social policy and sociology which he will continue to develop.

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Research Output 2014 2019

Being young, disabled and LGBT+: Societal perceptions, challenges and the negotiation of identities.

Toft, A., Franklin, A. & Langley, E. 2019 (Accepted/In press) Young disabled and LGBT+: Voices, intersections, identities. Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Bisexual and Christian: Findings from a UK mixed methods project

Toft, A. 2019 (Accepted/In press) Bisexuality, Spirituality, Identity: Critical Perspectives. Routledge, Vol. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Bisexuality, Spirituality and Identity: Critical Perspectives

Toft, A. (ed.) 2019 (Accepted/In press) Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Bisexuality
Lived Experience
Spirituality
Teaching
Psychology

Exploring the intersection of bisexuality and Christian identities: The negotiation of gendered attraction in intimate lives.

Toft, A. 2019 (Accepted/In press) Intersecting Religion and Sexuality. Routledge, Vol. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

bisexuality
gender
intimacy
everyday life
sexuality

Identifying as young, disabled and bisexual within Evangelical Christianity

Toft, A., Langley, E. & Franklin, A. 2019 (Accepted/In press) Bisexuality, Spirituality, Identity: Critical Perspectives. Routledge, Vol. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2012 2018

Interview with Enable Magazine

Toft, A. (Speaker)
17 Apr 2018

Activity: Public Engagement Event

British Academy Researcher Spotlight

Toft, A. (Speaker)
28 Feb 2018

Activity: Public Engagement Event

Critically Queer

Toft, A. (Speaker)
20 Sep 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

British Sociological Association Conference 2018

Toft, A. (Speaker)
10 Apr 201812 Apr 2018

Activity: Participation in conference