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Dr Ella Houston

Disability Studies
0151 291 3032
Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences

I am a lecturer in the Department of Disability and Education. Since joining the department in 2014, I have enjoyed merging my feminist and cultural disability studies research interests with my teaching practice. I currently lead Level I Disability Studies in Education. Additionally, I teach and supervise research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a PGCert in January 2017.

I hold a Health Research PhD from Lancaster University. My doctoral research focused on the representation of disabled women in advertising and the ways in which cultural stereotypes surrounding disability and gender may impact on individual subjective well-being. I also hold a BA (first class Hons) and MA (Distinction) in Disability Studies. In 2014, I received the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS) prize for research excellence. I am an occasional member of the editorial board for the journal Disability & Society. 

My main research interests are as follows: feminist disability studies, cultural representations of disabled women, the portrayal of disability in advertising and subjective well-being. 

Recent publications:

Houston, E. (2018) The impact of advertisements on women's psychological and emotional states: Exploring navigation and resistance of disabling stereotypes. Media, Culture & Society. doi: 10.1177/0163443718813484. 

Houston, E. (2019) Women who experience depression interpret advertising representations of women with depression: A feminist disability studies perspective. In Golombisky, K. (ed) 
Feminist Perspectives on Advertising. Maryland: Lexington Books, pp. 123-43.

Houston, E. (2019) ‘Risky’ representation: the portrayal of women with mobility impairment in twenty-first-century advertising. Disability & Society. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1576505.