Professor Kelley Johnson

Honorary Visiting Professor
BA, MA, PhD
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7800
+61 2 9385 7838
Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy, Human Rights and Justice Issues, Care for Disabled, Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Tags: Gender and Sexualities

Kelley Johnson (BA DipEd MA PhD) is a Professor of Disability at the Social Policy Research Centre UNSW.  She brings to this role a history of applied research across a number of different policy areas but with a particular focus on researching with people with disabilities. She is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of disability. Prior to taking up the role at SPRC she was Professor of Disability: Policy and Practice and Head of the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol, UK. She held visiting professorships at the University of Zagreb, University of Iceland and UNSW. From 2006‒07 Kelley held a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin where she was responsible for the initiation and development of inclusive research with people with intellectual disabilities at a national and international level. 

Kelley brings to SPRC an extensive network of scholars in disability and social inclusion and has collaborated on research and writing with researchers in Scandinavia, Slovakia, Ireland, UK and USA.

Research

Professor Kelley Johnson has undertaken research across a wide range of social policy issues both nationally and internationally.  She has managed a national action research evaluation of the Stronger Families and Communities project at the Australian Institute of Family Studies; has undertaken research in relation to attitudes to poverty, and services for older people; and has conducted evaluations of government and non-government organisations. However, her main focus has been in researching with people with disabilities with a particular interest in gender, deinstitutionalisation, community living and sexuality and relationships. Professor Johnson has written extensively in refereed journals and has published five books; the latest being People with intellectual disabilities: towards a good life? with Jan Walmsley (2010 Bristol University Press).

Publications

Honours and prizes

Kelley held a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin where she was responsible for the initiation and development of inclusive research with people with intellectual disabilities at a national and international level. 

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