I am currently a Lecturer in Education and Disability Studies at the School of Social Sciences where I am involved in the Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Studies in Education (DSE) degrees. I am also a member of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies. I teach across all levels of undergraduate, Masters and the Ed.D. programme as well as providing training for staff.
My research is located primarily in disability studies, feminist theory and education. As such, my work is very interdisciplinary and is concerned primarily with issues of social justice and social change.
A great part of my research has focused on investigating chronic illness from a disability studies perspective, focusing on the barriers that people with chronic conditions experience in their everyday lives. These included barriers in employment, access to health care and education. The role of both ableism and disablism in the lives of people with chronic conditions was explored in detail. Another aspect of this work looked at the lay knowledges and strategies people develop with and
through their experience of impairment, which are often not recognized
by established systems of knowledge such as biomedicine. As a result of this research, I have delivered workshops on chronic illness in the workplace to institutions such as the NHS.
Other work has explored issues of gender and disability and issues of access and disability in Higher Education.
I have presented my work at several international conferences.
I have published in numerous international journals and edited collections and am currently editing a journal issues with Dr. Emma Shepperd about representations of chronic illness.
(eds) Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 421-435.
Bê, A. (2019) Ableism and disablism in higher education: The case of two students living with chronic illnesses. ALTER, European Journal of Disability Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alter.2019.03.004
Bê, A. (2016) Disablism in the lives of people living with a chronic illness in England and Portugal, Disability & Society, 31:4, 465-480, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2016.1181048