Meet the team

Advisory Board

Martin McLean, Senior Policy Advisor at The National Deaf Children’s Society

Alison Hendry, BSL Officer at Edinburgh University

Sarah Anderson, Current UG deaf student at The University of the West of Scotland

Kevin Buckle, Representative from Black Deaf UK

Gary Quinn, Assistant Professor at Heriot Watt University

Karen Robson, Director of RNID Wales

Dr. Paul Miller, Professor of Educational Leadership and Social Justice

Abigail Gorman, Previous UG and PG deaf student

Dr. Rob Wilks, Senior Lecturer at University of South Wales

Emma Reilley, Previous PG deaf student

Dr. Bronagh Byrne, Senior Lecturer at Queens University Belfast

Sam Hall, Disability Advisor at the University of Bath

Dr. Manjula Patrick, Disability Equity Lead at Faculty of Brain Sciences UCL

Des Masterson, Department for Work and Pensions Officer

Dr. Christine Callender, Associate Professor at UCL Institute of Education

Sarah Page, Senior Disability Advisor at University of South Wales

Research team

A portrait of Chijioke Obasi

Dr. Chijioke Obasi

Principal Investigator

Dr. Chijioke Obasi is Head of Social Work Research and External Engagement at the University of the West of Scotland and is the Principal Investigator for this project. Chijioke has a Graduate Diploma in deaf studies as well as a PGDip in BSL/English Interpreting. Chijioke has nearly 20 years experience working in higher education in a number of academic as well as access and support roles. Chijioke’s PhD focused on the experiences of Black women and culturally deaf women working in the public sector and their perspectives of the equality and diversity practices within their organisation. Identity and intersectionality are a key focus of Dr Obasi’s work.

Selected publications:
Napier, J., Skinner, R., Adam, R., Stone, C., Pratt, S., & Obasi, C. A demographic snapshot of the profession:
The 2021 Census of sign language translators & interpreters in the UK RESEARCH REPORT.

Obasi, C. (2021). Identity, language and culture: Using Africanist Sista-hood and Deaf cultural
discourse in research with minority social workers. Qualitative Research,

Obasi, C. (2019). Africanist Sista-hood in Britain: Creating our own pathways. In Emejulu, E., Sobande, F. (Eds), To exist is to resist Black feminism in Europe (pp. 229–242). Pluto

Obasi, C. (2014). Negotiating the insider/outsider continua: a Black female hearing perspective
on research with Deaf women and Black women. Qualitative Research, 14(1), 61–78.

Obasi, C. (2013). Race and ethnicity in sign language interpreter education, training and practice.
Race Ethnicity and Education, 16(1), 103-120.


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Rachel England

Research Fellow

Rachel England is a Deaf research fellow at the University of the West of Scotland working part time on this project. Having completed her BA Degree in Deaf Studies and Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton, she later achieved her Postgraduate Certificate in Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol. She also has level 6 NVQ in British Sign Language.
She has over ten years’ experience of working in academic research with numerous universities across the UK with a focus on education, psychology and sign linguistics. She also has over 16 years’ experience of working with the Deaf community in support,
information guidance, advocacy and training roles.

Selected publications:


A portrait of Mette Lindsay Sommer

Dr. Mette Sommer Lindsay

Research Fellow

Mette Sommer Lindsay has a background as a deaf sociologist and works on the project full time as a research fellow. She has years experience of working on various research projects on deaf people’s lived experience.

She is about to finalise her PhD studies at Heriot Watt University:

Selected publications/researches:
Sommer Lindsay (2020): “Deaf People’s Coping Strategies in an Everyday Employment Context”, Deaf Studies Digital Journal:;rgn=main

Sommer Lindsay (2016): Deaf Interpreters in Europe – a comprehensive European survey of the situation of Deaf Interpreters today

Larsen, L., Sommer, M., & Bengtsson, S. (2014): Deaf and deafened people – everyday life and living conditions. The Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI)


A portrait of Jim McKechnie

Jim McKechnie


I am a Professor of Psychology at the University of the West of Scotland. I am a developmental psychologist with a specific interest in adolescent development. This is reflected in my primary research interests which are: (i) child/adolescent employment and transitions into work (ii) the impact of educational environments on staff and student outcomes and (iii) cultural variation in developmental experiences. Methodologically my research utilises quantitative and qualitative approaches. I have held several significant grants and have extensive experience of research project management.


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