• 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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Personal profile

Research Interests

Professor Berni Kelly is Director of the Disability Research Network (DRN) and Centre for Inclusion, Transformation and Equality (CITE) at Queen’s University Belfast. Her main research interests are in the areas of disability studies, care leaving and participatory research. She has conducted major studies of disabled children and young people living in and leaving care, safeguarding disabled children and adults and supported decision making. She recently led on a feasibility study of leaving care in Africa, including a focus on the intersections of gender, culture and disability and a study of the impact of Covid-19 on the lived of young people leaving care in Northern Ireland.


Further details of the Disability Research Network can be found at:


Further details of the Centre for Inclusion, Transformation and Equality (CITE) can be found at:





Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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