Our Lab researches the ways that dis/abilities are negotiated, engaged, and produced in both formal and informal learning environments. With a focus on the implications of neurodiversity and embodied dis/ability for learning, our projects and publications in this area aim to foster inclusion and belonging through difference.  Rather than reading ability and disability ‘against’ each other, we are interested in a more expansive notion of abilities, qualities, and capacities, and the ways in which these are expressed and received.





Odd: feeling different in the world of education (2018-2021)

Rachel Holmes, with Kate Pahl, Amanda Ravetz, Becky Shaw, and Steve Pool

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

SEND Youth Justice:Using arts-based methods to hear young people  (2017-2018)

Peter Hick, with Gabrielle Ivinson and Hannah Smithson

Funded by the Department for Education, England.


Affect and Neurodiversity in the Early Years: Developing a Multi-sensory Perspective (2017-2020)

David Shannon, PhD project

Supervisors: MacLure, Hackett, & Rousell

Funded by a Manchester Metropolitan University studentship



Hickey-Moody, A. and Crowley, V. (eds.) (2014). Disability Matters: Pedagogy, Media and Affect. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.


Journal Articles 

Daniels, H, MacLure, M. & Youdell, D. (2015). Psychopathology at school: theorizing mental disorders in school. Review Symposium. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36(5), 785-797.

de Freitas, E. & Sinclair, N. (2016). The cognitive labour of mathematics dis/ability: Neurocognitive approaches to number sense. International Journal of Education Research, 79, 220-230.

Frigerio, A., Benozzo, A., Holmes, R. and Runswick-Cole, K. (forthcoming). The Doing and Undoing of the “Autistic Child”: Cutting Together and Apart Interview-Based Empirical Materials. Qualitative Inquiry, 1(12).​

Hackett, A. (2014). Zigging and zooming all over the place: young children’s meaning making and moving in the museum, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 14(1), 5-27.

Hickey-Moody, A. (2015). Carbon fibre masculinity: Disability and surfaces of homosociality. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 20 (1), 139-153.

Ivinson, G., & Renold, E. (2013). Valleys’ girls: Re-theorising bodies and agency in a semi-rural, post-industrial locale [Special issue: Feminist Materialisms and Education]. Gender and Education, 25 (6) 704–721

Hohti, R. (forthcoming) Siiri and the “Bag Lady”: Examining the Material Entanglements of Special Needs. Reconceptualising Educational Research Methodologies.

Bates, K., Goodley, D. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2017) Precarious lives and resistant possibilities: the labour of people with learning disabilities in times of austerity, Disability & Society.

MacLure, M, Holmes, R, Jones, L. & Macrae, C. (2015) Silence as resistance to analysis. Or, on not opening one's mouth properly. Reprinted in A.M. Otterstad & A.B. Reinertsen (eds) Metodefestival og øyeblikksrealisme; forskningsmetodologi i barnehagefeltet. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget.

Murgatroyd C., Quinn J.P., Sharp H.M., Pickles A., Hill J. (2015). Effects of prenatal and postnatal depression, and maternal stroking, at the glucocorticoid receptor gene. Translational Psychiatry, 5(5)e560. 

Murgatroyd C.A., & Nephew B.C. (2013). Effects of early life social stress on maternal behavior and neuroendocrinology. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(2), 219-28. 
Murgatroyd C., & Spengler D. (2012). Genetic variation in the epigenetic machinery and mental health. Curr Psychiatry Rep, 14(2), 138-49.


Conference Presentations 

de Freitas, E. (2018). The sensory politics of mathematics dis/ability. Invited speaker for Mathematics Education Speaker Series, Michigan State University  (April).

de Freitas, E. & Sinclair, N. (2016). The biopolitics of number sense: Ordinality and ontology. 13th International Commission on Mathematics Education. Hamburg, DE.

de Freitas, E. (2015). The sensory politics of embodied mathematics. Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Chicago. April.

de Freitas, E. (2013). Education and the body. Aalborg University. Aalborg, Denmark. October.

de Freitas, E. (2013). Factoring the body into student learning. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.