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Alison Tarrant

Research student, School of Law and Politics

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.

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