Portrait of Dr Ruth Garbutt Dr Ruth Garbutt

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r.s.garbutt@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473271



Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Health and Community Development.  I joined the university in 2015. I started my professional career as a specialist social worker in disability, working for Hull Social Services. I also then worked as a social worker for Surecare 365, an adoption and fostering agency in the East Riding of Yorkshire.  However, I soon moved into the arena of community development. I worked for about 15 years as a practitioner in Community Development, mainly in areas related to advocacy, empowerment, disability, learning disability, and young people.

My research and teaching background complements my experience as a practitioner. I completed my PhD from the University of Hull in 2004. The title of my PhD was ‘Disability and Citizenship: an emancipatory study of professionals’ attitudes to disabled people’. I also undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship position for 3 years at Leeds University. The research looked into the views and experiences of people with learning disabilities around relationships and sexuality.

Before coming to Huddersfield, I was a Programme Manager at Leeds University. This involved developing, and running, a new interdisciplinary BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary and Professional Studies. I have been a lecturer at Hull University, the Open University and Derby University. I have taught mainly in the areas of social and community studies/ social policy/ social science. I have also worked in Research Training and Development, at Leeds University, supporting PhD students and staff.

Research and Scholarship

My research experience and interests are in the areas of:

  • Disability/ learning disability
  • Relationships/ sexuality
  • Citizenship
  • Emancipatory/ participatory methodologies
  • Using the arts in research
  • Community development/ third sector
  • Social policy
  • Inequalities/ social justice/ human rights
  • Advocacy/ empowerment

I completed my PhD from the University of Hull in 2004. The title of my PhD was ‘Disability and Citizenship: an emancipatory study of professionals’ attitudes to disabled people’. The research had two main aims: First, to examine the concept of citizenship and to develop it in relation to the experiences of disabled people. Second, to test an emancipatory methodology within an academic doctoral context. The emancipatory model within which the research was conducted involved an Advisory Group of disabled people who contributed to the planning and guiding of the research and the analysis of the data. The conclusions to the thesis assess the extent to which the methodology was of an emancipatory nature and proposed a development of the citizenship model.

Between 2003 and 2007, whilst at Hull University, I worked with Professor Gary Craig on a number of short term research projects. These looked at:

  • The availability of training for rural community development activists in the United Kingdom and Ireland
  • A feasibility study of employing community liaison workers at Hull University
  • A national evaluation of the Local Network Fund for Children and Young People
  • A study of the support for part-time students at Hull University
  • A national study monitoring the impact of Compacts
  • A study on the take-up of welfare benefits for Older People
  • A mapping exercise of minority ethnic language resources in and around Kingston-upon-Hull
  • A study into the availability of information on childcare in Hull

Between 2007 and 2010 I undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship position at Leeds University. The research looked into the views and experiences of people with learning disabilities around relationships and sexuality. This was a collaborative research project between the Centre for Disability Studies at Leeds University and the national disability rights organisation, CHANGE. The research was innovative in that it used drama as a research tool to ascertain the views and experiences of young people (aged 16-25) with learning disabilities. Interviews with parents, focus groups with teachers and a national survey of special schools were also utilised. A final report was written in collaboration with people with learning disabilities themselves. The findings of the research highlighted: a lack of knowledge about sex and relationships for young people with learning disabilities, the need for better sex education, the need for better (accessible) information, and the need for better support. Since the research finished, CHANGE has gone on to produce accessible leaflets about sex and relationships for people with learning disabilities, a sexual health and relationships photo image bank and training courses for people with learning disabilities around sex and relationships. I have presented my work at national and international conferences. As a result of my research, I have written numerous publications (see publications section).

I am presently a member of the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences and am also linked with the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research at the University of Huddersfield.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2015

Garbutt, R (2015) ‘The final frontier: young people with learning disabilities and sex education’. In: Sexuality and relationships in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. UK: Jessica Kingsley Publications. . ISBN 978-1-84905-250-4

2012

Garbutt, R (2012) ‘Past, present and future: Exploring the sexual identities of people with learning difficulties’. In: Sexualities: Past Reflections, Future Directions. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. .

Garbutt, R (2012) ‘Disseminating Research about Sex and Relationships Using Accessible Reports and Leaflets for People with Learning Disabilities’. In: Popularising Research: Engaging New Genres, Media, and Audiences. Canada: Peter Lang Publishing. . ISBN 978-1-4331-1181-5

2011

Garbutt, R (2011) ‘Advocacy’. In: Learning Disabilities: Towards Inclusion. Edinburgh, UK: Elsevier. . ISBN 9780702051876

Garbutt, R (2011) ‘Exploring the barriers to sex and relationships for people with learning difficulties’. In: Disability and Sexuality. UK: The Disability Press. .

2010

Garbutt, R., Boycott-Garnett, R., Tattersall, J. and Dunn, J. (2010) Final Report: Talking about sex and relationships: The views of young people with learning disabilities Leeds, UK: CHANGE

2009

Garbutt, R (2009) ‘Is there a place within academic journals for articles presented in an accessible format?Disability and Society , 24 (3), pp. 357-371. ISSN 0968-7599

Garbutt, R., Boycott-Garnett, R., Tattersall, J. and Dunn, J. (2009) ‘Accessible article: Involving people with learning disabilities in researchBritish Journal of Learning Disabilities , 8 (1), pp. 21-34. ISSN 1354-4187

Garbutt, R (2009) ‘In bed with the arts...’. In: AHRC Beyond Text seminar series, 2009, Leeds, UK

2007

Garbutt, R (2007) Community Involvement and Capacity Building (CICB): Supporting the Leader+ Programme. Final Evaluation Report, June 2004-September 2006 Howden, East Yorkshire, UK: Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council

2005

Craig, G., Taylor, M., Carlton, N., Garbutt, R., Kimberlee, R., Lepine, E. and Syed, A. (2005) The Paradox of Compacts: final report to the Home Office on monitoring the impact of Compacts Hull, UK: University of Hull

Garbutt, R., Derounian, J. and Craig, G. (2005) Training for rural community development activists in the United Kingdom and Ireland Dunfermline, UK: Carnegie Commission for Rural Community Development

Garbutt, R., Craig, G., Bolton, J., Hayes, G., McNamee, S., Sturgeon-Adams, L., Wilkinson, M., White, C., Joyce, L., Tarvin, K., Mortimer, E., Godfrey, C., Hutton, S., Parrott, S., James, A. and Kinnaird, R. (2005) Report No. 1: Evaluating the Application Process for the Local Network Fund for Children and Young People Getting the Money. Nottingham, UK: DfES

Garbutt, R., Craig, G., Bolton, J., Hayes, G., McNamee, S., Sturgeon-Adams, L., Wilkinson, M., White, C., Joyce, L., Tarvin, K., Mortimer, E., Godfrey, C., Hutton, S., Parrott, S., James, A. and Kinnaird, R. (2005) Was the money used well? National Evaluation of the Local Network Fund Nottingham, UK: DfES

2004

Garbutt, R (2004) Community Liaison Workers Feasibility Research: final report Hull, UK: University of Hull (Unpublished)

Garbutt, R., Gilby, R. and Louise, J. (2004) Part-time student support: The students’ perspective Hull: University of Hull (Unpublished)

Craig, G., Bolton, J., Garbutt, R., Hayes, G., McNamee, S., Sturgeon-Adams, L., Wilkinson, M., White, C., Joyce, L., Tarvin, K., Mortimer, E., Godfrey, C., Hutton, S., Parrott, S. and James, A. (2004) A promising Start? The Local Network Fund for Children and Young People: Interim Findings from the National Evaluation Nottingham: DfES publications

2003

Garbutt, R (2003) Disability and citizenship: an emancipatory study of professionals’ attitudes to disabled people Doctoral thesis, University of Hull.

Garbutt, R., Craig, G. and James, A. (2003) Cost, Trust and Access: Seeking Childcare Information Hull, UK: University of Hull

Garbutt, R., Craig, G., Dornan, P., Bradshaw, J., Mumtaz, S., Syed, A. and Ward, A. (2003) Underwriting Citizenship for Older People: A Report to the National Audit Office Hull, UK: University of Hull

Garbutt, R (2003) Minority ethnic language resources in and around Kingston-upon-Hull Hull, UK: University of Hull (Unpublished)

1998

Garbutt, R. and Seymour, J. (1998) ‘‘Do we all get a PhD?' Attempting emancipatory research relating to disability in an academic environment. Relating to disability in an academic environment’. In: British Sociological Association annual conference 1998, Making Sense of the Body, April 1998, Edinburgh, UK

Esteem

  • I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • I am qualified as a Social Worker and I am registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) 
  • I have been a reviewer for the following journals: Creative Approaches to Research; International Journal for Researcher Development; British Journal of Learning Disabilities.
  • I have undertaken numerous book reviews.
  • I have provided advice to the BBC and have been interviewed by the Guardian newspaper around the topic of learning disability and sexuality.

Research Degree Supervision

I am presently supervising a student undertaking a Masters by Research degree looking at disability and transgender. I am interested in supervising research students in the area of disability/ learning disability, sexuality/ relationships, citizenship, community development/ third sector, social policy, emancipatory/ participatory methodologies, creative research methodologies, advocacy/ empowerment and inequalities/ social justice/ human rights.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Ruth Garbutt

2017-18

PhD
MSc by Research

2018-19

MSc by Research
PhD

Enterprise Activities

Much of my work has involved collaborations between academic institutions, third sector organisations and the public sector.

Teaching and Professional Activities

I am a module leader for the following modules:

  • Principles and Practices of Community Development
  • International Health and Social Development
  • Preparing for a Career in Community Development

I am a personal tutor on the BSc (Hons) Health and Community Development and also help to supervise final year undergraduate dissertations.