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Dr Edmund Coleman-Fountain

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Before joining Northumbria University, Edmund was a Research Fellow in the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, and Research Associate in the Policy Ethics and Life Sciences research centre, Newcastle University. In these roles he worked on a range of research projects addressing questions related to disabled embodiments, mental health and autism, and disability and citizenship in the European Union. He received his PhD from Newcastle University in 2011. This was published in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan (Understanding Narrative Identity through Lesbian and Gay Youth).

Edmund has a broad interest in social theory and its applications and teaches on a range of undergraduate modules in the department.


  • Sociology PhD June 01 2011
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow) HFEA 2016
  • Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) British Sociological Association (BSA) 2005

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, N., Buckley, C., Beresford, B. May 2020, In: British Journal of General Practice
  • Lived Difference, Coleman-Fountain, E. 22 May 2019, Young disabled and LGBT+, Taylor & Francis
  • Visual methods and voice in disabled childhoods research, 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, McLaughlin, J., Coleman-Fountain, E., Clavering, E. 15 Feb 2016

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