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Dr Jonathan Harvey

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

01752 636700 Ext:2018

Jonathan Harvey

Role Summary


My specialist area is disability studies. I am particularly interested in viewing disability and impairment in terms of the way they impact on inclusion. I am interested in social theory and much of my work to date has been concerned with how social theory can be used to make sense of the lives of disabled people. I am experienced in using qualitative research and enjoy exploring epistemological and ontological concerns in research.



  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PhD Critical Disability Studies -The Open University
  • MSc Social Research – Plymouth University
  • BSc (Hons) Health and social care studies – Plymouth University






Jonathan has extensive experience of researching with disabled people. He has recently completed research focussing on identity and disability and identity and Acquired Brain Injury. Jonathan is currently researching the lives of disabled students.




  • Harvey, J (2018) 'Contemporary Social Theory as a Tool to Understand the Experiences of Disabled Students in Higher Education' Social Inclusion 
  • Harvey, J (2017) A Sociological Approach to Acquired Brain Injury and Identity Oxon, Routledge.
  • Harvey, J. (2017) ‘Theorising everyday life after acquired brain injuryDisability & Society.
  • May, C., Cummings, A., Myall, M., Harvey, J., Pope, C (2016) ‘Experiences of long-term life-limiting conditions among patients and carers: what can we learn from a meta-review of systematic reviews of qualitative studies of chronic heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic kidney disease?’ BMJ Open 6 (10)
  • J., Brown. G., Davidson. D., Letherby. G., Parsons. J. (2014) ‘HE(R)tales: reflections on some auto/biographical inter/multi-connections in academia’ British Sociological Association Auto/Biography study group annual journal 118-132
  • Harvey, J. (2013) ‘Footprints in the field: researcher identity in social research’ Methodological Innovations Online 8 (1), 86-98.


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2019- Governor - Woodlands Special School Plymouth

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