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Dr Ella Houston

Disability Studies
0151 291 3032

I am a lecturer in Disability Studies, within the School of Social Sciences. Since joining the subject team in 2014, I have enjoyed merging my feminist and cultural disability studies research with my teaching practice. I am year lead and placement co-ordinator for Level I Disability Studies in Education, and I co-lead the university's Academic Literacies Community of Practice. I am a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and I am a core member of the Centre for Culture & Disability Studies. 


I completed my PhD at Lancaster University - my doctoral research examined the representation of disabled women in advertising and explored how advertising content impacts subjective wellbeing. I received the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies' (CCDS) prize for research excellence in 2014. I am an editor for the journal Disability & SocietyMy current research examines representations of disability and gender in advertising, and disabled women's responses to advertisements. Recent publications include:

- Houston, E. (2021) Polysemic Interpretations: Examining how women with visual impairments incorporate, resist, and subvert advertising content. Journal of Advertising, 13(1). 

Houston, E. (2020) Taking a Feminist Disability Studies Approach to Fundamental British Values: Do "Fundamental" "British" Values Encourage the Appreciation of Marginalized Identity Groups, or Lead to the Performance of Inclusion? International Review of Qualitative Research, 13(1). 

- Houston, E. (2019) Featuring Disabled Women in Advertisements: The commodification of diversity? The Routledge Companion to Disability & Media. Ellis, K., Goggin, G., Haller, B. and Curtis, R. (eds). New York: Routledge. 

- Houston, E. (2019) Risky representation: the portrayal of women with mobility impairment in twenty-first-century advertising. Disability & Society, 34(5). 

- Houston, E. (2018) The impact of advertisements on women's psychological and emotional states: Exploring navigation and resistance of disabling stereotypes. Media, Culture & Society, 41(6). 


I am a trustee for Daisy Inclusive U.K. - a charity that offers community, education and employment support to disabled people. I am also a mentor for The Girls' Network - a national organisation that offers mentoring and networking opportunities to girls from the least advantaged communities.