Amanda Ptolomey

Research title

Children as Researchers Exploring Belonging, Transitions and Wellbeing

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


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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  • £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. (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

I have a background in researching, creating, and leading innovative community development and education projects, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Following the completion of a MSc in Citizenship and Human Rights (with Distinction) at Glasgow Caledonian University, I am excited to be based within the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research. I plan to pursue a career path combining research and teaching, with a particular interest in the design and development of creative feminist participatory research methodologies.

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