Dr Jo Ferrie
- Lecturer (School of Social and Political Sciences)
- Lecturer (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)
- Associate (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing)
I have been based at the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research at the University of Glasgow since 2001. I completed my PhD in 2008 and have worked on over a dozen research projects all examining the barriers faced by disabled people with a focus on barriers that are socially constructed. I have also looked critically at how a human rights approach can usefully tackle the oppression faced by disabled people and other groups.
I was appointed as a Lecturer in Social Research Methods in the School of Social and Political Sciences in 2012 and developed our undergraduate Honours programme in quantitative research methods. In 2013, I was instrumental (with Prof. Gwilym Pryce) in winning funding (Nuffield Foundation, ESRC, HEFCE) to launch a Q-Step Centre at the University of Glasgow which aims to generate a step-change and improve undergraduates' understanding and use of quantitative research methods. In 2013 I was appointed as the interim Director of Graduate ResearchTraining for the College of Social Sciences' Graduate School and began working with the ESRC's Scottish Doctoral Training Centre on advanced training.
I am co-convenor of the Equality and Diversity cluster of the Glasgow Human Rights Network (since 2011) and a member of the Scottish Human Rights Commission's Research Advisory Group (since 2012). I have been a member of the Institute for Health and Wellbeing since 2011.
My PhD thesis 'The Impact of the Disability Discrimination Act Part IV on Scottish Schools' was submitted in 2008. Sponsored by the ESRC and the Disability Rights Commission, the thesis explored the relationship between rights-based and special educational needs policy. The thesis asked if the social model and the capability model of equality had sufficiently been applied in education to emancipate disabled pupils from institutional discrimination. The project had both qualitative and quantitative components.
- research methods
- human rights
£1.4 million Nuffield/ESRC/HEFCE Q-Step University of Glasgow 2013
£110,000 MND Scotland Care Pathways for Adults in Scotland with Motor Neurone Disease 2010
- Honours Quantitative Research Methods
- Qualitative Methods
- Advanced Qualitative Methods
- Social Theory for Researchers
- Masters: Social Research Methods 2009-13
- Director Q-Step University of Glasgow
- Interim Director of Graduate Research Training, College of Social Sciences
- Associate Director: Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (Student Representation & Equality)
- Co-Convenor Equalities and Diversity Cluster, Glasgow Human Rights Network
- Disability Officer School of Social & Political Sciences
- Senior Advisor of Studies College of Social Science