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Dr Edmund Coleman-Fountain

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

I joined Northumbria University as a lecturer in 2016 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2019. Before coming to Northumbria I worked in the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York and the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre at Newcastle University. The trajectory has informed my research and teaching interests in theories of embodiment, disability, sexuality, and care worlds.

At Northumbria I have acted as programme leader for the Sociology BSc programme. I have sat on a number of committees and groups within the Department of Social Science, including on the departmental Research Ethics Committee and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Sociological Association.

Edmund Coleman-Fountain

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests span the fields of sexuality studies, disability studies, and applied social care. Much of my research focuses on the experiences of young people and young adults. I have an interest in understanding the relationships between social care practices, contemporary intimacies, identities, and embodiments, and have worked with a range of qualitive methodologies, including narrative, visual and creative practice.

My research has been published in numerous social science journals, including Sociology, Social Science & Medicine, and Qualitative Research, as well as applied practitioner journals. In 2014 I published Understanding Narrative Identity through Lesbian and Gay Youth (Palgrave Macmillan) based on my doctoral research. I am also co-author of the book Disabled Childhoods: Monitoring Differences and Emerging Identities (Routledge, 2016) with Janice McLaughlin and Emma Clavering (Newcastle University).

My current research project funded by the NIHR School for Social Care looks at the relations between disabled assistance users and personal assistance in the context of sexual and gender diversity. In 2020 I joined the main editorial board of Sociological Research Online, a journal of the British Sociological Association.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Improving mental health in autistic young adults: a qualitative study exploring help-seeking barriers in UK primary care, Coleman-Fountain, E., Buckley, C., Beresford, B. 1 May 2020, In: British Journal of General Practice
  • Lived Difference: Ordinariness and Misfitting in the Lives of Disabled and LGBT Youth, Coleman-Fountain, E. 23 Jan 2020, Young disabled and LGBT+, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Visual methods and voice in disabled childhoods research: troubling narrative authenticity, McLaughlin, J., Coleman-Fountain, E. 1 Aug 2019, In: Qualitative Research
  • Improving Young People’s Mental Health? Understanding Ambivalence to Seeking Support Among Young Adults With Asperger Syndrome, Coleman-Fountain, E., Beresford, B. 4 Oct 2018, The Management of Wicked Problems in Health and Social Care, Taylor & Francis
  • Pursuit of ordinariness: dynamics of conforming and resisting in disabled young people’s embodied practices, McLaughlin, J., Coleman-Fountain, E. 20 Mar 2018, Disability, Normalcy, and the Everyday, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Diversity and Change in the Labour Market Careers of Persons with Disabilities, Coleman-Fountain, E., Sainsbury, R., Trezzini, B., Káňová, Š. 5 Dec 2017, Understanding the Lived Experiences of Persons with Disabilities in Nine Countries, London, UK, Taylor & Francis
  • How to enhance Active Citizenship for persons with disabilities in Europe through labour market participation, Sainsbury, R., Coleman-Fountain, E., Trezzini, B. 28 Apr 2017, The Changing Disability Policy System: Active Citizenship and Disability in Europe Volume 1, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Uneasy Encounters: Youth, Social (Dis)comfort and the Autistic Self, Coleman-Fountain, E. Jul 2017, In: Social Science & Medicine
  • Youthful Stories of Normality and Difference, Coleman-Fountain, E. 1 Aug 2017, In: Sociology
  • Disabled Childhoods: Monitoring Differences and Emerging Identities, McLaughlin, J., Coleman-Fountain, E., Clavering, E. 15 Feb 2016


  • Sociology PhD June 01 2011
  • Social Research MA August 01 2006
  • Sociology MA (Hons) June 01 2004
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow) HFEA 2016
  • Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) British Sociological Association (BSA) 2005

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