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D609B, Rhind Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Emma is a lecturer in Sociology. Her research is in critical disability studies, in particular the experience of pain and fatigue, the development of the concept of crip time, and the intersections of disability with sexualities and gender.

Emma’s PhD research focused on the experiences of pain for people living with chronic pain and engaging in BDSM, and explored notions of control and containment, and normative understandings of pain. She is also interested in accessible research methodologies and pedagogies, and tries to put theory into practice when it comes to developing accessible teaching.


  1. PhD, Edge Hill University, UK, 2017
  2. MSc Gender, Sexuality and Society, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, 2012
  3. BSc Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, UK, 2010
  4. CELTA, Cambridge ESOL, 2005


  1. Visiting Lecturer, Roehampton University, 2018
  2. Visiting Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, 2017 – 2018
  3. Visiting Lecturer, City, University of London, 2017 – 2018


Journal articles (4)

  1. Sheppard, E. (2018). using pain, living with pain. Feminist Review, 120(1), pp. 54–69. doi:10.1057/s41305-018-0142-7.
  2. Sheppard, E. (2015). The female suffering body: illness and disability in modern Arabic literature. Disability & Society, 30(10), pp. 1593–1595. doi:10.1080/09687599.2015.1066977.
  3. Sheppard, E. (2014). Feminist, Queer, Crip. Journal of the International Network for Sexual Ethics & Politics, 2(1), pp. 118–122. doi:10.3224/insep.v2i1.17069.
  4. Sheppard, E. Researching sex and sexuality with disabled people. Sexual Ethics and Politics: Journal of the International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics.