Nicola Maxwell

PhD Candidate

B. Soc. Sc. (NUI, Cork), M.Sc. (Oxon)


Nicola is a Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, and a research associate in the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21), UCC. 


Research Interests

Disability rights, gender equality, migration, intersectionality.

Research Projects

Previously National Coordinator GENOVATE-UCC project, an FP-7-funded action research project which aims to ensure equal opportunities for women and men by encouraging a more gender-aware management in research and scientific decision-making bodies.  Project Researcher Disability and the Creation of SAFE(R)SPACE, an Irish Research Council funded project exploring the relationship between social identity, space, and (un)safety in the context of disabled people’s encounters with, and fear of, violence and hostility in Ireland.

PhD Research Topic: Exploring the extent to which rights-based approaches, reflecting core tenets derived from international Human Rights legislation, are implemented within disability services for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) in Ireland.

Teaching Areas

Social policy, disability, equality.