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Professor Kathy Boxall

Professor of Social Work and Disability Studies

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9780 7864, Email:, Campus: South West, Room: BU1.102
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9780 7864
Campus: South West  
Room: BU1.102  


Kathy is a Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, United Kingdom, 2004.


Recent Research Grants

  • Disability Access and Inclusion: Bunbury's aim to be the most accessible regional city in Australia,  City of Bunbury,  MARCIA Industry Engagement Scholarship,  2016 - 2018,  $40,500.
  • Community consultations for the development of the Western Australian Recovery College Model of Service.,  Mental Health Commission (WA),  Grant,  2018,  $3,633.
  • Case Studies and Vignettes: A social work - arts collaboration,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $12,470.
  • The use of new technologies in human services: facilitating democracy or amplifying exclusion?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 1,  2016 - 2017,  $8,100.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Boxall, K., (2016), In Praise of Normal: Re-reading Wolfensberger. Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane: Precarious Positions, 260-281, Chester, UK, University of Chester Press .
  • Boxall, K., Beresford, P., (2015), Validating Critical Avoidance: Professional social work, mental health service users/survivors, and the academy. Disability, Avoidance and the Academy: Challenging resistance, 89-98, London, Routledge, DOI: 10.4324/9781315717807.

Journal Articles

  • Boxall, K., Nyanjom, J., Slaven, J., (2018), Disability, hospitality and the new sharing economy. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 30(1), 539-556, United Kingdom, Emerald, DOI:
  • Nyanjom, J., Boxall, K., Slaven, J., (2018), Towards inclusive tourism? Stakeholder collaboration in the development of accessible tourism. Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and the environment, n/a(n/a), 1-23, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2018.1477828.
  • Boxall, K., (2016), Commentary on “Exploring the impact of an arts-based, day options program for young adults with intellectual disabilities” (Darragh et al., 2016): Arts, research, and connections. Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 3(1), 32-36, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1080/23297018.2015.1117943.
  • Boxall, K., (2016), Commentary by Kathy Boxall on “Reducing the Inequality of Luck: Keynote Address at the 2015 Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability National Conference”. Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 3(2), 124-128, Australia, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/23297018.2016.1219233.
  • Foster, L., Boxall, K., (2015), People with learning disabilities and 'active ageing'. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 43(4), 270-76, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1111/bld.12144.
  • Yu, SW., Chau, RC., Boxall, K., Chung, WC., (2014), Looking to the east and the west: the double-attachment strategy used by the Hong Kong government to develop welfare to work measures for lone parents. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 30(2), 93-106, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/21699763.2013.861357.
  • Boxall, K., Beresford, P., (2013), Service User Research in Social Work and Disability Studies in the UK. Disability and Society, 28(5), 587-600, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.717876.
  • Edwards, J., Boxall, K., (2013), Living a 'normal life'? Formal and informal supports in the lives of adults with cystic fibrosis. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research (Online), 15(2), 143-155, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/15017419.2012.676567.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Social Science,  School Social Work: Supporting Children's Primary Education In The South West Of Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Speaking Back To Theory: Community Development Practices In The South West Region Of Western Australia
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