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Dr Chris Corcoran

Disability Link Tutor

Institute of Science & the Environment

Contact Details

email: c.corcoran@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 542483

My teaching and research has always focussed on issues of inclusion and specifically the lived experiences of people with a disability. Much of my research has focussed on issues of spatial access (geographical and social) and experiences of people with a visual impairment and I have published widely in this area. This research forms an integral part of my teaching and has led to the development of a module on geographies and disability. My experience in this area also helps me support our disabled students in the Institute as I am also the Disability Link Tutor.

Qualifications: 

  • BSc (Hons) Geographical Science
  • PGCert in education
  • PhD in rural youth
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching interests

Geographies of Disability (GEOG 3137)
Contemporary Debates in Human Geography (GEOG 2130)
Country and the City (GEOG 1121)
I also support the field trip to Provence.

Research

My research is focussed broadly on issues of inclusion and exclusion and falls into two strands:

Disability
At the moment I am researching the barriers and enablers for visually impaired athletes to participate in blind football with the Royal National College for the Blind Sports Academy in Hereford.  This builds on work I have carried out on a longitudinal national project (Network 1000) that looked at the changing needs and circumstances of visually impaired people in Great Britain.  I am also exploring mental health issues within the context of space and place which is looking at two areas: one area that I am exploring is the role of animals in the recovery of military personnel suffering from PTSD; and the other is the role of animals in stimulating memory with people suffering from dementia.

Student inclusion
My other research strand is focussed on the student experience.  My research has looked at the education needs of visually impaired students studying in HE which has looked at issues of accessibility and teaching support.  This has led to a project with the Students as Partners project at Worcester where two students and I are developing a DVD mapping accessibility of disabled students across all the campuses.  This DVD will be used as a teaching resource and our findings will be presented at the Learning and Teaching conference.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/IBG

Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy

Publications

Publications

In preparation:

*Corcoran C., Douglas G. and Pavey S. “Research Ethics and Participation.  Network 1000: the Changing Contexts and Processes of Gaining ‘Consent to Access’” (accepted by International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences)

‘Supporting students with visual impairment in higher education’ with Professor M. McLinden – targeted journal: Journal of Further and Higher Education.

Preliminary title:  ‘Should there be a Journal of No Results?  The ethical and moral challenge of publishing nothing exciting’   

Journals

Cairns C., Herrriotts P., Douglas, G. Corcoran, C. and Pavey S. (2009) Network 1000 Scotland: A report on the opinions and circumstances of blind and partially sighted people in Scotland, British Journal of Visual Impairment Vol. 27 No. 3 pp 239-251 ISSN 0264-6196

*Corcoran C., Douglas G., Pavey S., Fielding A., McLinden M. and McCall S (2004) “Network 1000: the changing needs and circumstances of visually-impaired people: project overview” British Journal of Visual Impairment Vol. 22 No. 3 pp. 93-100

Douglas, G., Corcoran, C, and Pavey, S. (2007).  The role of the WHO ICF as a framework to interpret barriers to inclusion: visually impaired people’s views and experiences of personal computers.  British Journal of Visual Impairment, January, 32-50.

Douglas, G., Pavey, S., Corcoran, C. and Clements, B. (2012)  Evaluating the use of the ICF as a framework for interviewing people with a visual impairment about their mobility and travel British Journal of Visual Impairment,
30(1) 6–21

Douglas G. , Pavey S., Corcoran C. and Eperjesi F. (2010) Individuals' recollections of the experiences in eye clinics and understanding of their eye condition: results from a survey of visually impaired people in Britain Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics Vol. 30 No. 6 pp. 748-757

Pavey, S., Douglas, G., and Corcoran, C. (2008).  Transition into adulthood and work – findings from Network 1000.  British Journal of Visual Impairment, 26. 202-216.

Book Chapters

Corcoran C. (2005) “Youth, partnerships and participation? Action Research as a Methodological Approach” in Essex S., Gilg A., Yarwood R. with Smithers J. and Wilson R. (eds) Rural Change and Sustainability: Agriculture, the Environment and Communities Oxford, CABI

Corcoran C. (2003) “Partnership, Exclusion and the Young: The neglected Voice of the Rural Young” in Beesley K. Millward H. Ilbery B. and Harrington L. (eds) (2003) The New Countryside: Geographic Perspectives on Rural Change Canada Brandon University (Rural Development Institute) and Saint Mary’s University

Conference Proceedings

Corcoran C. (2000) ‘The Neglected Voice of the Rural Young: Their Contribution to Empirical Research and Theoretical Debate’ Universidad de Valladolid ISBN: 84-699-4986-1

*Corcoran C., Douglas G.; McCall C.; McLinden M.; Pavey S. (2005) Network 1000: surveying the changing needs and lifestyles of 1000 visually impaired people – indicative results from generative interviews. International Congress Series

*Christine Corcoran; Graeme Douglas; Sue Pavey (2006) ”One thing I will say in favour of rural buses . . .“ The Role of Public Transport in the Independence and Life Chances of People with a Visual Impairment: Indicative Results from Network 1000 The Rural Citizen: Governance, Culture and Wellbeing in the 21st Century Compilation © 2006 University of Plymouth, UK

Douglas, G., Pavey, S., Corcoran, C., Brace, M. and Eperjesi, F. (2008). Visually impaired people’s knowledge of their visual condition and their views of the services they received in the eye clinic in the UK.  Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Low Vision, Vision 2008, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  July 7 – 11, 2008

Douglas, G., Pavey, S., Corcoran, C., and Brace, M. (2008). Visually impaired people’s access to employment in the UK.  Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Low Vision, Vision 2008, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  July 7 – 11, 2008

Douglas, G., Pavey, S., Corcoran, C., and Brace, M. (2008). What do visually impaired people think is important? Responses from a survey of over 1000 visually impaired people in the UK.  Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Low Vision, Vision 2008, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  July 7 – 11, 2008

Reports

Corcoran, C. (2011) Rural Perspectives of the Elderly, University of Birmingham ISBN 9780704428133

Cairns, C., Herriotts, P., Douglas, G., Corcoran, C., Pavey, S. (2008).  Network 1000.  Opinions and circumstances of visually impaired people in Scotland. RNIB.  ISBN 978-1-85878-842-5

*Corcoran C., Douglas G. and Pavey S. (2006) Incorporating participatory and ethical practice in a panel survey: approaches adopted in the Network 1000 project University of Birmingham ISBN 07044225750

Corcoran, C., Douglas, G. (2007).  Early reach and support study (RNIB).  Birmingham: Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research, School of Education, University of Birmingham (mimeo). ISBN 07044 26242.

*Corcoran, C., McLinden, M. (2008) Facilitating Learner Independence at the School of Education - Developing Effective Practice in the Role of the Online Tutor University of Birmingham (ISBN approved).

Douglas G., Corcoran C. and Pavey S. Network 1000  (2006) – The opinions and circumstances of visually impaired people in Great Britain: preliminary report based on 698 interviews. University of Birmingham ISBN 0704425831

Douglas, G., Corcoran, C., Pavey, S. (2006).  Network 1000.  Opinions and circumstances of visually impaired people in Great Britain: Report based on over 1000 interviews.  University of Birmingham.  ISBN 0704426048 / 9780704426047.

Douglas, G., Corcoran, C., and Pavey, S. (2008).  Network 1000 Survey 2.  Preliminary report.  Birmingham: Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research, School of Education, University of Birmingham (mimeo).

Douglas, G. Pavey, S. and Corcoran, C. (2008). Finance and entitlement: Visually impaired people’s take up of Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance.  University of Birmingham, February 2008.  ISBN 0704426900 / 978 0704426900.

Douglas, G. Pavey, S. and Corcoran, C. (2008). Access to information, services and support for people with visual impairment.  University of Birmingham, October 2008.  ISBN 0704427133 / 978 0704427136.

Douglas G, Pavey, S., Corcoran C, Clements B. (2009) Visually Impaired People’s access to employment, The University of Birmingham, School of Education.

Gorard S., Lumby J. Briggs, A., Morrison M., Hall I., Maringe F., See Huat Beng, Shaheen R. and Wright S. with Corcoran C., Fox J. Hanley PO. And Pring R. (2009) 14-19 Reforms: QCA Centre Research Study, commentary on the baseline of evidence.

Pavey, S., Graeme Douglas, Corcoran, C. (2005) Network 1000: A guide to the design and content of the Year 1 Survey VICTAR, University of Birmingham (Mimeo) ISBN 07044 25327

Professional journals

Carson L., Corcoran C. Dickinson, A., Jackson, D., Lewis S., Siobhan NcNiff and OPpie J. (2013) Teaching Disabled Students – awaiting ISBN

Douglas, G., Corcoran, C, and Pavey, S. (2007).  Network 1000: Surveying the changing needs and circumstances of visually impaired people.  New Beacon, April, 28-33.

Douglas, G., Corcoran, C, and Pavey, S. (2007).  Network 1000: What people think is important.  New Beacon, June, 26-29.

Douglas, G., Pavey S., and Corcoran C. (2009) ) Network 1000 – People’s experiences of becoming registered as blind or partially sighted New Beacon pp. 28-33

Editor – conference proceedings

2006
Researching Education: different ways of knowing and doing
*Editors: Christine Corcoran, Dave Evans and Carole Nicholson with Natasha Macnab, Alison Taysum, Gill Eveleigh, Jan Georgeson and Marie English.
ISBN 0704426064 (9780704426061)

2007
Understanding Education Research: Principles and Practice
*Editors: Christine Corcoran, Ewa Lucas-Gardiner, Natasha Macnab and Walter Milner
ISBN0704426404 (9780704426405)

2008
Education Research: Strengths and Limitations
*Editors: Christine Corcoran, Sandra Cooke, Robert Eden, Ewa Lucas-Gardiner and Natasha Macnab
ISBN: 0704427109 (9780704427105)

2009
Education Research, Education Researchers: Diverse Experiences and Perspectives.
*Editors: Christine Corcoran and Sandra Cooke
ISBN: 0704427265 (9780704427266)

Book – accepted for publication

Provisional title – Rural youth and the effectiveness of partnerships

Book – under discussion with Sage

A textbook to support Undergraduate researchers looking at research methodologies, methods and techniques.

Other publications include posters and book reviews.

*lead author

Roles

Roles

University roles

Disability link tutor for ISE – this role links closely to my research interests and involves supporting staff to support students with learning needs or disabilities in the Institute; I act as the link between IES and the Disability and Dyslexia Service to ensure that staff are fully aware of individual student need.

External Roles

Reviewer: Journal of Further and Higher Education

Cypriot Journal of Education