Berni Kelly


  • Room 02.018 - Sociology and Social Work

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Disability studies - Transitions to Adult Life - Children and young people in care - Care leavers


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Research Interests

My research interests are disability, child and youth identities, looked after children and transitions to adult life. I also have an active interest in participatory research, including the development of creative methodologies for consulting disabled children and young people.


I previously worked as Regional Coordinator and Researcher for the National Children's Bureau followed by three years working as a Senior Researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute in New Zealand. During this time I worked on various disability research projects. Since moving to QUB in 2005, I have led on a range of research projects including two major studies on disabled children and young people living in and leaving state care.


I am currently Principal Investigator on a four country feasibility study on leaving care in Africa and an evaluation of therapeutic support for disbaled people who have experienced sexual violence. I am also Co-Director of the Disability Research Network at QUB. For more information, please refer to our web page:






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