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Fiona Kumari Campbell currently is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education & Social Work, University of Dundee. She was Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching Scholarship) at the Griffith Law School until July 2014. Previous to this she was Convenor of Disability Studies, School of Human Services & Social Work, Griffith University (2001 – 2010).

 Fiona Kumari Campbell is an Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, a person with disability and is associated with several minority groups.

 Fiona has written extensively on issues related to disability – a philosophy & sociology of ableism, disability in Sri Lanka, biotechnology and is recognised as a world leader in scholarship around studies in ableism. After the successful publication of Contours of Ableism: The Production of Disability & Abledness (Palgrave) in 2009 Fiona is working on three book manuscripts: “Textures of Ableism: Disability, Voice and Marginality”, “Kamma, Buddhism and Disability”.


Disability studies (disability in law, social exclusion, epistemologies of ableism,); sociology of the body; sociological theory; interfaith/intercultural dialogue, health & wellbeing; disability jurisprudence; socially engaged Buddhism; systemic advocacy & human rights; capacity building and leadership; human services theory/practice and Sri Lankan studies.


External positions

Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies, University of Kelaniya

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Research Output 1983 2018

Refocusing and the Paradigm Shift: From Disability to Studies in Ableism

Campbell, F. K., Oct 2018, Disability in South Asia : Knowledge & Experience. Ghai, A. (ed.). New Delhi: SAGE Publications

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Queer Anti-sociality and Disability Unbecoming: An Ableist Relations Project?

Campbell, F. K., 2017, New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times. Sircar, O. & Jain, D. (eds.). New Delhi, p. 280- 316 36 p. Chapter 10

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Campbell, F. K., 2015, Keywords for Disability Studies. Adams, R., Reiss, B. & Serlin, D. (eds.). New York: New York University Press, p. 46-51

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Disability, Law and Mobilization in Sri Lanka: Barriers and Possibilities

Campbell, F. K., 2015, South Asia and disability studies : redefining boundaries and extending horizons. Rao, S. & Kalyanpuram, M. (eds.). New York: Peter Lang, Vol. 15. p. 73-98 (Disability studies in education; vol. 15).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Ableism: A Theory of Everything?

Campbell, F. K., 15 Nov 2014.

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Australian Postgraduate Award

Fiona Campbell (Recipient), 1999

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Blake, Dawson Waldron ‐ 4th year Legal Studies Prize

Fiona Campbell (Recipient), 1998

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D. M. Myers University Medal

Fiona Campbell (Recipient), 1998

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Deans' Medal (Faculty of Law & Management)

Fiona Campbell (Recipient), 1998

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Jean Martin Prize in Sociology

Fiona Campbell (Recipient), 1998

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Activities 2012 2018

  • 9 Invited talk
  • 3 Membership of external research organisation
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Other membership