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Dr Colin Cameron

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

My career has involved work with adults with learning difficulties and in the disabled people’s movement in community education, Disability Arts development, management, and training roles. My undergraduate responsibilities involve teaching sociology, philosophy and social policy to BA Guidance and Counselling/Integrated Health and Social Care students, and overseeing the delivery of Disability Studies modules taught by one of Northumbria University’s teaching partners in Singapore. At postgraduate level I supervise MSc social work dissertations, contribute to the MSc in Autism, and I am presently principal supervisor of one PhD student. In 2017 I was a co-investigator and co-author of The National Lottery-funded research report ‘Improving Understanding of Service User Involvement and Identity’ (Shaping Our Lives, 2017), and I am currently on the editorial team producing The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement in Human Services Education and Research, to be published in 2020. I am a board member of Disability Arts Online and Chair of Shaping Our Lives’ research committee. Outside work, I have been identified as the Whitley Bay Stuckist by Charles Thompson, the founder of the Stuckist art movement, and have exhibited paintings at Whitley Bay Film Festival and at The Exchange, North Shields. I am the singer in a band that performs raucous covers of obscure 1970s pop hits. 2019 will see the publication by The Iron Press of an epic poem I have written with an old school friend, begun in 1979 as a distraction technique during maths lessons. I am a disabled person.

Colin Cameron

Campus Address

B016, Coach Lane Campus
Northumbria University


  • PhD September 01 2006
  • History of Ideas MA (Hons) June 30 1994

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • ‘Am I doing it right?’, Macfadyen, A., English, C., Kelleher, M., Coates, M., Cameron, C., Gibson, V. 28 Mar 2019, In: Higher Education Research and Development
  • Disability arts: the building of critical community politics and identity, Cameron, C. 5 Jan 2016, Politics, power and community development, Policy Press
  • "Am I doing it right?" An action research project exploring the practice of supervising master’s level dissertations, MacFadyen, A., Kelleher, M., Cameron, C. Nov 2014, CARN International Conference
  • Does Disability Studies have Anything to Say to Music Therapy? And Would Music Therapy Listen if it Did?, Cameron, C. 20 Oct 2014, In: Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy
  • Turning experience into theory: The affirmation model as a tool for critical Praxis, Cameron, C. 2014, In: Social Work and Social Sciences Review
  • Disability Studies: a student's guide, Cameron, C. Dec 2013
  • The disability studies reader 4th ed, Cameron, C. Dec 2013, In: Disability & Society
  • Developing an affirmation model of impairment and disability, Cameron, C. Nov 2013, Disabling Barriers: enabling environments [3rd edition], London, SAGE
  • Disabled traveller identity, Cameron, C., McDonagh, R. 27 Jun 2013, CERES Conference 2013: Racism and Anti-Racism through Education and Community Practice: An International Exchange
  • The Affirmation Model: What is it and do we really need it?, Cameron, C. Sep 2012, Disability Studies Conference

PGR Supervision

  • Louise Lingwood Start: 13/02/2019
  • Louise Lingwood Start: 13/02/2019
  • Ann MacFadyen Start: 27/09/2011
  • Ann MacFadyen ‘Am I doing it right?’ Exploring the practice of supervising Master’s dissertation students Start: 27/09/2011


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