Dr Nicola Burns
- Lecturer in Disability Studies (Sociology)
- Associate (Institute of Health & Wellbeing)
My research interests are diverse, crossing disciplinary boundaries, and focusing on groups often marginalised and discriminated against in society. A concern with equity and social justice underpins much of my work, exploring questions of difference and the ways in which such constructions shape access to housing, health and leisure.
I have worked across a range of subject disciplines, including disability studies, sociology, geography, housing studies and primary care. Engaging critically with the social model of disability, I have conducted a number of research projects around disabled people’s everyday lives including experiences of the housing system; access to woodlands and children’s experiences of medical technology. I have worked on a number of projects around mental distress; exploring mental health service users lived experiences and professionals understanding and application of mental health law and policy in their everyday practices. My engagement with migration and health research began in a research project around cross-cultural communication in primary care with colleagues throughout Europe (www.fp7restore.eu). This led me to consider the intersection of migration and disability, bringing together issues of risk, citizenship and access to services.
My current research interests build upon my cross-disciplinary experience, exploring issues around health access for mobile populations; and disability and migration. More recently i have been working with colleagues exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of disabled people and on refugees, people seeking asylum and destitute populations.
Doctors within Borders, with Karolina Follis and Luca Follis, Lancaster University
Scotland in Lockdown,
Lucy Pickering, Sarah Armstrong,
Chief Scientists Office
Disabled people and COVID-19 in the UK
Nick Watson, Nicola Burns, Charlotte Pearson and Phillippa Wiseman
I would welcome applications for PhD supervision around the following areas:
- Disability and migration;
- Disability and leisure;
- Disability and risk:
- Mental distress;
- Migration and health
Thesis title: Keeping healthy and accessing primary and preventive health services in Glasgow: the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers from Sub Saharan Africa
October 2013-January 2018
Research Fellow at City University
Thesis title: An Exploration of Community Compulsory Treatment Orders and Family Relationships in Scotland.
September 2014- August 2019
Research Fellow at Stirling University
- Honours Dissertation Convenor in Sociology.
- Honours Disabling Worlds
- MSc Equalities and Human Rights: Course co-ordinator for Equality and Human Rights core module
- MSc Equalities and Human Rights: Lecturer on The Disabling Society
My other teaching roles in the university reflect my research interests.
Department of General Practice and Primary Care:
BSc (intercalated) Global Health in Primary Care: Disability in the majority and minority world
Student Selected Component Health Inequalities and the Social Determinants of Health,
Undergraduate Medicine Year 2: Disability and health inequalitiesSociology
- Honours Sociology of Health and Illness: Guest Lecturer
Disability and Society (2015-2019)
Disability and the Global South
International Journal of Disability and Social Justice.