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Dr Allison Boggis

Associate Professor in Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies

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Dr Allison Boggis

T: 01473 338574

Dr Allison Boggis is the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies programme. Allison has taught on a variety of social science undergraduate and post-graduate courses since joining University of Suffolk in 2004.

Teaching/Research Interests

Allison's specialist teaching areas broadly relate to Childhood Studies. As an Early Years practitioner herself and a lecturer in various aspects of Early Childhood, she has played an active role in developing and leading the current FdA in Early Years Practice across the Learning Network at University of Suffolk.  Most recently, Allison has written and developed the latest addition to the University of Suffolk undergraduate degree programme portfolio, the BA (Hons) in Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies.  She has also played an active role in organising high profile conferences relating to Childhood and is currently co-editor of the University of Suffolk online journal 'Childhood Remixed'.

Allison has a particular interest in researching with marginalised groups and has extensive research experience with disabled children and young people.  Her innovative and creative methodologies have attracted national and international attention.  Her current research interests include e-safety, disability and ethics.

Allison is a qualified trainer and ambassador for The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).  She is also an advisory member for CEOP and works closely with the Down's Syndrome Association.


OMEP updates: World Organisation for Early Childhood Education Spring 2001. “Learning Support Assistants, in Early Years Settings, The challenges for Inclusive Education”

Interdiciplinary,net – e-journal ‘Perspectives of Disabled Childhoods’ 2009

Boggis, A (2011) Deafening Silences. Researching with Inarticulate Children Disability Studies Quarterly Vol 31, No 4

Going online: A risky business?  DSA Journal February 2013

“It’s different for them but normal for us…” (2015) Suffolk Family Carers

Richards, S., Clark, J and Boggis (2015) Ethical Research with Children. Untold Narratives and Taboos Basingstoke: PalgraveMcMillan

‘Safeguarding Young Children’; Supporting Inclusive Practice in the Early Years’; Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in the Early Years’ - 3 chapters in Trodd, L (ed) 2016 The Early Years Handbook for Students and practitioners  London: Routledge

‘Ethnographic Practices of Listening’ in Vine, D., Clark, J., Richards, S and Weir, D 2018 Ethnographic Research and Analysis London: PalgraveMcMillan

Boggis, A (2018) Dis/abled Childhoods? A Transdisciplinary Approach London: PalgraveMcMillan

Boggis, A., Dogaru, C and Cornwell-Dunnett, T (2018) ‘I discovered I’m an Artist’. An evaluation of an Arts collaboration   Journal of Education and Social Policy (in press)


Researching with vulnerable children and young people; safeguarding including e-safety and disabled childhoods.

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