Conference/seminar papers/podcasts

2023 – forthcoming

‘Being ‘mum’: becoming in conversation’
16th Nordic Network on Disability Research Conference, Reykjavik
9-12 May 2023


‘Becoming in conversation’
European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry 2023, University of Portsmouth
10-12 January 2023


‘Conversations with parents of disabled children: developing a research approach that provides an educational experience within which parents can explore meanings of inclusion and their own subjectivity’
BERA conference, University of Liverpool
September 2022

‘New insights and implications for SEND partnership working after Covid: keeping the momentum’
Dr B Hellawell, Sharon Smith & Julie Wharton
BERA conference, University of Liverpool
September 2022

‘Rectanglements: [New] Material Discursive Spaces for (Im)possibilities’
Donata Puntil, King’s College, London; Karen Kaufman, Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry, University of
Edinburgh; Luise Fischer, Institute of Political Science, Leipzig University; Sharon Louise Smith, School of Education, University of Birmingham; Prue Adams, Western Sydney University; Andrew Mark Gillott, Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry, University of Edinburgh; Lindsey R Garner-Knapp, University of Edinburgh, and Tanya O’Reilly, Stockholm University.
International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
20 May 2022, Online

‘Being mum – a conversation with parents of disabled children about inclusion’
Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS), University of Birmingham
26 April 2022, online

‘Being mum’
SEND Research Bites Seminar – for Department for Education (DfE) policymakers and analysts
13 April 2022, Online.

‘A conversation with parents of disabled children: approaching subjectivity and exploring meanings of inclusion’
New Research in Disability Studies PGR conference, Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University
28 March 2022, Online.

‘Overview of parental partnership: assumptions, changes over time and consequences’
SEN Policy Research Forum
21 March 2022, Birkbeck University London

‘What is co-production and how can principles of co-production be applied when working with parents of children labelled with SEND?’
Constructive Co-Production: Person-centred principles and practices, University of Reading/The Charlie Waller Trust.
2 March 2022, Online.


‘Being ‘Mum’: approaching the subjectivity of parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and its impact on inclusion’
School of Education PGR Conference, University of Birmingham, 27 November 2021, Online.

‘Uniting Schools, LA’s and Parents and Students to tackle the EHCP Crisis’
Panel discussion with Dr P Hannant & Garry Freeman
Schools & Academies Show Birmingham, 18th November 2021, NEC Birmingham.

‘Conversation as a form of inclusive research’ BERA Podcast. 4 August 2021. Available online:

‘Effective parent participation – a critical discussion’
Inclusive and Supportive Education Conference (ISEC2020), UCL London, 3 August 2021, Online.

‘Being ‘Mum’: approaching the subjectivity of parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and its impact on inclusion’
European Philosophy of Education Colloquium, 21st-22nd May 2021, Online.

‘Exploring the ‘risk’ and ‘vulnerability’ of disabled children within education.’
BSA 70th Anniversary Virtual Conference: Remaking the Future, 13 April 2021, Online.


‘An inclusive and ethical way to approach research with parents of disabled children’
Online International Doctoral Research Conference in Education, 8 July 2020, Liverpool John Moores University.

Seminar ‘The role of risk in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability’
Part of the Disability Futurities series organised by CCDS, Liverpool Hope University, 5 February 2020, Liverpool Hope University.


‘Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Code of Practice: a critical discussion of the construction of the effective parent’
University of Birmingham School of Education Postgraduate Conference, 30 November 2019, University of Birmingham.

‘Parent participation and Special Educational Needs’
Education Reform Legislation in a Changing Society: Annual Colloquium, Society for Educational Studies, 27 September 2019, Oriel College, University of Oxford.

‘Risk and the calculable future of disabled students’
Disability Studies: Past, Present and Future (CDS Postgraduate Conference 2019), 11 July 2019, University of Leeds.

‘The production of the ‘effective’ special needs parent’
New Directions in Critical Disability Studies Postgraduate Symposium, 9 July 2019, University of Sheffield. Paper available online: The production of the effective special needs parent

Student Panel Debate ‘Justice and Cognitive Disability’
Social Justice: the Challenges for Education, Centre for Philosophy of Education, 4 April 2019, University of Winchester.

‘Special Educational Needs, Risk and Time’
Philosophy of Education Society Great Britain (PESGB) Annual Conference 2019, Philosophy of Education Society Great Britain, 30 March 2019, University of Oxford.


Panel Debate ‘The role of education in supporting refugees’
Boundary Crossing: An international interdisciplinary conference on immigration and social justice, 3 September 2018, University of Winchester.


‘Can’t get no satisfaction’
4th International Conference on Critical Pedagogies and Philosophies of Education, 28 July 2017, University of Winchester.