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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 with children and young people, 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 in Belfast followed by three years working as a 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 been involved in a range of research projects including disability studies and social work education projects.



I am currently Principal Investigator on two research studies examining the experiences of disabled children living in and leaving public care. I am also co-chair of the Disability Research Network at QUB. For more information, please refer to our web page:






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Projects 2008 2017

Selected Research Output 1999 2018


Journal article listed number 11 on top 20 downloads.

Bernadette Kelly (Recipient), 04 Sep 2008

Prize: Other distinction

social research
qualitative research

Service User involvement in teaching and assessing Social Work students

Joseph Duffy (Recipient), Bernadette Kelly (Recipient), Chaitali Das (Recipient), Gavin Davidson (Recipient) & David Hayes (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Team Teaching Award from Queen's University Belfast

Bernadette Kelly (Recipient), Jul 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

team teaching

Activities 2001 2019

Care & Disability: Exploring the Experiences of Disabled Children Living in & Leaving Care

Berni Kelly (Advisor)
15 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

PhD External Examiner at University of East Anglia

Berni Kelly (Examiner)
Jan 2019

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research (Journal)

Berni Kelly (Peer reviewer)
Jan 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Africa Care Leaving Conference

Berni Kelly (Keynote/plenary speaker)
18 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Faculty Office AHSS (Organisational unit)

Berni Kelly (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee


Promoting Respect for Ethnic Diversity in Preschool Children

Paul Connolly (Participant), Berni Kelly (Participant), Tony Gallagher (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact