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Dr Alison Tarrant

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ysgol y Gyfraith a Gwleidyddiaeth


I am a Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics. I am interested in how language, law and policy shape identities. My particular fields of research are disability rights, social care and social care regulation in both the Welsh and the UK contexts. I use various qualitative methods to undertake socio-legal research including textual analysis and interviews.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and obtained my PhD in 2019. My thesis examined how the concept of independent living devised by the disabled people’s movement has been absorbed and deployed in Welsh policy and social care law. Before studying law I worked in the policy and campaigns teams of a number of large non-governmental organisations.

I have taught at Cardiff Law School on the LLB modules Legal Foundations and Tort and the LLM modules Social Care Rights and the Law and International Human Rights Disability Law.

My fellowship is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

My thesis examines whether and how ideas developed by the disabled people’s movement have been absorbed into policy and law. Specifically the thesis focuses on the concept of independent living – a practical and philosophical approach to disability which enables disabled people to live their lives on equal terms with their non-disabled peers. The thesis considers the relationship between independent living and independence and how both these ideas function in social care policy and law, with a particular focus on the Welsh context.

I have presented at a number of conferences, including the 2016 Socio-Legal Studies Association annual conference.

I am a qualified solicitor and have also worked in policy and campaigns roles in the voluntary sector. In 2003 I assisted in the foundation of the charity Sibs, which supports siblings of disabled people.









I have taught on the LLB Legal Foundations module. In 2014-2015 I revised and taught the LLM Social Care module in conjunction with Dr Lucy Series.