Understanding the everyday lived experiences of deaf employees

Supervisors Professor Jemina Napier and Dr Kate Sang (Heriot-Watt)

Contact Ms Caroline Murray for application information c.a.murray@hw.ac.uk

 Combining expertise in Sign Language Studies (Jemina Napier) and Workplace Equality and Diversity (Kate Sang), this project aims to develop an understanding of the everyday lived experiences of deaf employees in the UK. The limited extant research has relied predominantly on surveys, thus providing evidence of overall trends, but not the everyday experiences of deaf employees. This interdisciplinary project will draw on sociological frameworks and adopt a qualitative approach to understand the everyday experiences of deaf employees in the UK.

 The research will seek to address these primary questions:

 

·         What do deaf people report as being their typical everyday work experiences?

 

·         How do deaf people navigate workplace interactions?

 

·         What do deaf people report as the barriers that they face in the workplace?

 

·         How are deaf-hearing power dynamics manifested in the workplace?

 

·         What is the relationship between the presence of sign language interpreters and the lived experience of deaf people in the workplace?

How to apply

Full details of how to apply can be found at http://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/management-languages/about/programmes/phd/james-watt-sml-scholarships-2016.htm

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