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Research Interests

I am a critical disability studies sociologist, with research interests encompassing chronic pain, time, emotion, gender, and sexualities. I am also interested in the development of accessible pedagogies and research methodologies and the application of Universal Design for Learning in HE teaching.   

My primary research focus is at the intersections of disability, productivity, emotion and time, as experienced by painful, fatigued and gendered bodies. I am particularly interested in developing theories and understandings of pain and fatigue within the context of critical disability studies, and developing how the notion of crip time can be expanded and developed to build understanding of how lived experiences of pain and disability are impacted by time, and vice versa.  



2019, Pain as Emotional Experience. Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies  

2019, Chronic Pain as Fluid, BDSM as Control.  Disability Studies Quarterly, 39.2. 

2018, Living with pain, using pain. Feminist Review. 120.1, pp 54–69



Performing normal but becoming crip, Symposum on Crip Time at the Nordic Network on Disability Research, University College of Copenhagen, May 2019 

Cripping Pain: a disability perspective on chronic pain, invited speaker at Chronic Pain in the UK Today: Medical, Academic, and Political Perspectives, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, August 2017 

Considering Crip Time, Disability and Disciplines, Disability and Disciplines Conference, Liverpool Hope University, July 2017

Pain as Emotional Experience,  Disability and the Emotions Seminar Series, Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University, January 2017

Kinked and Crippled: chronic pain and BDSM, Lancaster Disability Studies Conference, Lancaster University, September 2016

Education/Academic qualification

Social Sciences, Doctorate, Edge Hill University

Gender, Sexuality and Society, MSc, Birkbeck University of London

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Research Output

  • 4 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 4 Article
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Chronic Pain as Emotion

Sheppard, E., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. 14, 1, p. 5-20 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Performing Normal But Becoming Crip: Living with Chronic Pain

    Sheppard, E., 10 Mar 2020, In : Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research. 22, 1, p. 39–47 9 p.

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    Chronic Pain as Fluid, BDSM as Control

    Sheppard, E., 2019, In : Disability Studies Quarterly. 39, 2, 16 p.

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    Open Access
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    Using pain, Living with pain

    Sheppard, E., 1 Nov 2018, In : Feminist Review. 120, 1, p. 54-69 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Cripping Pain: a disability perspective on chronic pain

    Sheppard, E., Aug 2017.

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    Press / Media

    Why Chronic Pain Sufferers Are Turning to BDSM

    Emma Sheppard


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