About Us

Laura Shobiye is a PhD researcher in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Her research interests include systemic inequalities and intersectionality. Using interviews and creative methods, she is exploring the learning experiences of mothers seeking sanctuary in Wales. Laura also lives with hidden disabilities herself.

Cunqiang (Felix) Shi is a Chinese PhD researcher in the Cardiff University Business School. He is interested in disability studies, especially the employment issues of disabled people. As a disabled person, he has gained first-hand experience in the Chinese and UK context. His PhD project focuses on the social-economic transition in China and its impact on disabled people’s work and employment.

Dr Gareth Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. He is a sociologist interested in disability, medicine, stigma, reproduction, and technology. He is co-founder and co-convenor of the Medicine, Science and Culture Research Group (MeSC) and the Cardiff Interdisciplinary Network on Disability (CIND) at Cardiff University.

Katy Benson is a PhD student in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. She is interested in stigma, learning disability, neoliberal ableism, and motherhood. Her PhD title is “Rethinking Stigma: living with a learning disability in the era of neoliberalism”. Katy is neuro-divergent and has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

Melissa Martin is a PhD student in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. She is researching the social implications of Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder and Hypermobile  Ehlers Danlos Syndrome as new diagnostic categories.

Miranda Keast is a PhD student in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, examining the interactions between housing and immigration policy.. Miranda has spent 13 years working with people who have experienced trauma, poverty and other forms of structural inequality in society.

Ruth Nortey is a PhD student in the Cardiff University Business School. Her research is entitled ‘What Works in Wales? Developing an evidence base to inform a kitemark for employers to address the disability employment gap’. The aim of the project is to identify an evidence base of ‘what works’ for disabled people in employment, and to contribute to the creation of a Disability Standard for employers.

Professor Seralynne Vann is a Professor in the School of Psychology at Cardiff University. Her main area of interest is understanding how our brains support memory and how these processes can breakdown in the cases of amnesia and dementia.