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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
  • What’s wrong with ‘seeing the person first’?, Cameron, C., Lingwood, L. 12 Mar 2020, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • ‘Am I doing it right?’, Macfadyen, A., English, C., Kelleher, M., Coates, M., Cameron, C., Gibson, V. 29 Jul 2019, In: Higher Education Research and Development
  • Improving understanding of service-user involvement and identity, Cameron, C., Moore, M., Nutt, A., Chambers, E. 14 Sep 2019, In: Disability & Society
  • User Involvement and Identity, Cameron, C., Moore, M., Nutt, A. 20 May 2019, In: Social Work and Social Sciences Review
  • Disability Arts and Activism, Cameron, C. 19 Dec 2018
  • Social Policy and Disability, Cameron, C. 11 Jul 2018, Social Policy First Hand, Padstow, Policy Press
  • Improving Understanding of Service User Involvement and Identity, Meakin, B., Cameron, C., Moore, M., Matthews, J. Nov 2017
  • Whose problem? Disability narratives and available identities, Cameron, C. 18 Dec 2017, Community Planning and Development, Routledge
  • Disability arts: the building of critical community politics and identity, Cameron, C. 13 Jan 2016, Politics, Power and Community Development, Poole, Policy Press
  • Disability, Normality and Absurdity, Cameron, C. 1 Jun 2015, In: Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education

PGR Supervision

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