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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: BU5.130
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9780 7864
Campus: South West  
Room: BU5.130  


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


  • Doctor of Philosophy, United Kingdom, 2004.


Recent Research Grants

  • Develop a systematic profiling of neurological conditions that will facilitate personalised treatment and streamline service delivery,  Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia,  MS WA - Research funding for social and applied research,  2019 - 2020,  $600,000.
  • Scoping review of available current evidence-based position statements and information/fact sheets that aim to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disability living in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia ,  Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Ltd,  Grant,  2019,  $7,894.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Boxall, K., (2019), Revisiting the foundations of (critical) disability studies. Manifestos for the future of critical disability studies, 199-208, Abingdon, England, Routledge.
  • Boxall, K., Johnson, A., Mitting, L., Simpson, S., Zwickl, S., Zwickl, J., Kermit, S., Luke, L., Caroline, C., (2018), Disability policy and lived experience: reflections from regional Australia. Social policy first hand: an international introduction to participatory social welfare, 120-131, Bristol, UK, Policy Press.
  • 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

  • Newman, J., Boxall, K., Jury, R., Dickinson, J., (2019), Professional education and Mad Studies: learning and teaching about service users’ understandings of mental and emotional distress. Disability and Society, 34(9-10), 1523-1547, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1594697.
  • Boxall, K., (2019), Commentary on “Learning the lessons from personalisation in England” (Greig, 2019). Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 6(2), 110-115, DOI:
  • Boxall, K., McKenzie, V., Henderson, G., Shizleen, S., Mazza, D., (2018), Reimagining social work case studies: a social work—creative writing collaboration. Social Work Education, 37(7), 881-894, London, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2018.1458831.
  • Chau, RC., Yu, SW., Boxall, K., (2018), Combating Social Exclusion Faced by Disabled People in the Wage Labour Market in Hong Kong. Social Policy and Society, 17(4), 547-561, DOI: 10.1017/S147474641700032X.
  • 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: 10.1108/IJCHM-09-2016-0491.
  • Jury, R., Boxall, K., (2018), Working with the enemy? Social work education and men who use intimate partner violence. Social Work Education, 37(4), 507-518, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2018.1433157.
  • 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, 20(4), 675-697, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2018.1477828.
  • McDavitt, K., Tarrant, J., Boxall, K., (2018), School social work and the human right to education. The Australian Educational Researcher, 45(5), 647-662, Springer-Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s13384-018-0278-7.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Disability access and local government: Co-researching the city of bunbury's aim to become the most accessible regional city in Australia
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