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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.
My research experience and interests are in the areas of:
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:
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.
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
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
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. .
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
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 research’ British 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
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
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., 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., 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) Was the money used well? National Evaluation of the Local Network Fund Nottingham, UK: DfES
Garbutt, R (2004) Community Liaison Workers Feasibility Research: final report Hull, UK: 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
Garbutt, R., Gilby, R. and Louise, J. (2004) Part-time student support: The students perspective Hull: University of Hull (Unpublished)
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)
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
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.
Much of my work has involved collaborations between academic institutions, third sector organisations and the public sector.
I am a module leader for the following modules:
I am a personal tutor on the BSc (Hons) Health and Community Development and also help to supervise final year undergraduate dissertations.