Amanda Ptolomey


Research title: Researching everyday life with disabled girls and young women using zine-making workshops as a creative feminist method

Research Summary

Research Summary

My research aims to facilitate the production of new knowledge about the lives of disabled girls from their own perspectives using girl zine making as a feminist participatory research method.

PhD Topic

Disabled Girlhoods

Research Intersts

  • Disability
  • Girlhood
  • Participatory research methods
  • Visual methods
  • Creative methods
  • Feminist theory
  • Dorothy Smith
  • Autism

Sponsor / Funder

College of Social Sciences Scholarship


Plan UK, (2020) The State of Girls’ Rights in the UK 2019-2020 available online at:  (contributor to research report)

Talbot,S., Silman, G., Hasanagić, E., Ptolomey, A., Dizdaroglu, C., Jakala, M., Ritchie, K. (2019) Formal education, non-formal education and online learning in peace-building: A mapping report. available online at: (research report)

Bankovic, I., Zarkovic, M.,  Kolarevic,  M., Young  Hasanagić, E.,  Savić, A.,  Filipović, D.,  Savić, S., Rainey, E., Ptolomey, A.,  Ritchie, K., Talbot, S.,  Reeves,M.,  Barbry, L., Özerdem, D.,  Çatı, O.M., Tuncay,  M., Payne, L.,  Jakala, M., Açıkmeşe, S.,  Dizdaroğlu, C., Silman, G., (2019) Buildpeace: handbook for learners. Building peace builders through integrated formal and non-formal learning approaches. Available online at: (handbook for learners)

Ptolomey, A. (2018) The Palgrave handbook of disabled children’s childhood studies, edited by Runswick-Cole, K., Curran T., & Liddiard, K., London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018 [book review] Disability and Society. available online at: 

Boyd-MacMillan, E., Andrews Fearon, P., Ptolomey, A., Mathieson, L. J. (2016) "I SEE! Scotland: Tackling Sectarianism and Promoting Community Psychosocial Health." Journal of Strategic Security 9, no. 4 (2016): 53-78.
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Children’s Neighbourhood’s Scotland (2019). Rewriting the script: a peek into life with Glasgow’s empowered youth. [blog] Children’s Neighbourhood’s Scotland. Available at:

Ptolomey, A., (2019). Why you should bother keeping a journal and where to start. [blog] Phd Women Scot. Available at:

Ptolomey, A., (2018). Girl zines: rearranging representations of girlhood. [blog] Glasgow Sydney Youth Collective. Available at:

Ptolomey, A., (2018) Creative research methods: behind the zines. [blog] PhD Women Scot. Available at:



Ptolomey, A., Untitled (2019) in Thomson, S. ed. Her Century: the zine. [zine] Available at:

Ptolomey, A., (2019) Feminist prompts for reflexivity. [zine] Glasgow.

Ptolomey, A., (2018) 50 things I’ve learned 50% of the way through the PhD from a working class feminist academic. [zine] Glasgow.


  • £1000 BSA Postgraduate Forum event ‘Girling feminism: Towards a feminist theory of girlhood’ (with Hannah Walters)
  • £850 ESRC Festival of Social Sciences event Crafting different images: Challenging mainstream representations of girls (with Hannah Walters)
  • £700 SCCJR PGR-led initiatives fund
  • £700 University of Glasgow School of Education
  • £500 University of Glasgow Sociology Small Grants fund and MacFie Bequest.
  • £1900 in total from these three grants secured to support delivery of the Young Women and Girls in Contemporary Scotland and Beyond Conference (with Hannah Walters and Donna MacLellan), Glasgow Women’s Library, 5th September 2018

    £44,329 + fees: Full Award, 3-year College of Social Sciences PhD studentship, University of Glasgow 2017-2020.


Ptolomey, A., (2020) ‘”I think you’re the first researcher I’ve spoken to where we’ve had quite a good relationship coz other ones will just kind of get you to do whatever they want you to do and that’s it”: developing zine-making as a feminist creative method for researching with disabled young women. Presented at Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research annual seminar. Glasgow. 31st January 2020.

Ptolomey, A., (2020) Wellbeing during fieldwork: zine-making workshop. Part of ‘Facilitating wellbeing during fieldwork’ BSA Postgraduate regional event. Glasgow. 24th January 2020.

Ptolomey, A. and Walters, H. (2019) Her Century feminist poster making workshop. Dunoon. 10th November 2019.

Ptolomey, A., (2019) ‘Developing zine-making as a feminist participatory research method to generate new knowledge about disabled girlhoods’ Presented at PGR Conference, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow 31st October 2019.

Ptolomey, A., and Walters, H., (2019) Her Century film introduction. Glasgow Film Theatre. 15th October 2019.

Munro, E., Reeve, M., Skinner., K., Thomson, S., Ptolomey A., Walters, H., (2019). Her Century. Panel discussion at zine launch as part of Central Scotland Documentary Festival: Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling. 13th October 2019.  

Ptolomey, A., 2019. ‘Developing zine-making as feminist participatory research method to generate new knowledge about disabled girlhoods’. Presented at Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies Graduate Seminar Series. University of Warwick, 9th October 2019.

Ptolomey, A., (2019) Creative activism and self-care workshop for Glasgow Disability Alliance Young Drivers for Change. Glasgow. 1st August 2019.

Ptolomey, A., (2018)  Zine-making workshop with Glasgow Disability Alliance Drivers for Change. Glasgow. 16th April 2019.

Ptolomey, A., (2018) Zine-making workshop for Rape Crisis Scotland Young Leaders. Glasgow. 27th November 2018.

Ptolomey, A. (2018) What might we be missing? Reflecting on the absence of disabled girls in girls’ studies theory and practice. Presented at XVII Annual Conference of Youth Studies. University of Helsinki, Finland, 5-6th November2018.

Ptolomey, A. (2018) The trouble with transitions: temporality and disabled children’s childhoods. Presented at The Social Life of Time: Power, Discrimination and Transformation, The 1st Temporal Belongings International Conference. University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 5th-7th June 2018. 

Nyberg, C. & Ptolomey, A. (2016) Minimalist theory of fiction and IC-Thinking as a background for new insights to autism. Presented at ‘3rdBaltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference’, Turku/Åbo, Finland, 14th-16th August 2016.


Sociology 1A

Additional Information

Following the completion of a MSc in Citizenship and Human Rights (with Distinction) at Glasgow Caledonian University, my PhD research develops zine-making as a method to explore everyday life and imagined futures with disabled young women. This work forms part of a broader focus on developing creative and inclusive feminist methods to engage people who are routinely excluded from participation.

As well as providing consultancy for projects, I design and facilitate creative workshops, research, and conferences, using approaches including:

  • zine-making
  • journaling and reflective practice
  • creative and participatory methods

Prior to and alongside my doctoral research, I have worked in community development and peacebuilding education for over a decade in Scotland and across Europe designing and leading creative community development based projects supporting people to explore issues relating to: hate crime and prejudice, loneliness, autism, disability, supporting refugees, and climate change.

Professional memberships: British Sociological Association, Feminist and Women’s Studies Association.