Campbell, Fiona Kumari


1983 …2019
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Fiona Kumari Campbell currently is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education & Social Work, University of Dundee. Fiona is Co-Lead of the Peripheries Research & Academic Scholarship Theme at ESW, and Co Chair of the university's Disabled Staff Network. In 2019, Fiona became a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) 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 (BAME, LGBTI).

 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”, "Ableism: The Plain Truth".

Research interests

Disability/Ableism studies (disability in law, social exclusion, epistemologies of ableism,); sociology of the body; sociological theory; interfaith/intercultural dialogue, health & wellbeing; disability jurisprudence; Buddhist Studies; decolonisating knowledges; systemic advocacy & human rights; capacity building; community development theory/practice and Sri Lankan studies.



Research Grants

 2019, University of Dundee, Scottish Universities Insight Institute, “Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities” Professor Judith Sixsmith Helen Ryall (U of Edinburgh), Dr Linda McSwiggan, Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell, Awarded, £ 25,514

2018, University of Dundee, Making "Masculine" Pettah (Sri Lanka) More Inclusive: Familiarisation of Spaces by Women and Gender-nonconforming Persons to Reduce Inequalities and Promote Good Health and Wellbeing, Awarded £105, 243.00, Scottish Funding Council.

2018. Social Care and Disabled Prisoners in Scotland, Social Work Scotland, (Dr Susan Levey, Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell, Dr Lynn Kelly, with Fernando Fernandes), £12,000,

2007, Small research grant ($11,500): leadership training and Disablement, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University.

2004, Small research grant ($5,500): Production Monograph series on Law & Disability, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University.

1999, Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Research Training Council, $99,000.

Editorial Boards:

  • Editorial Board, Corporealities of Disability Book Series, University of Michigan Press. (2019)
  • National Association of Disabled Staff Networks Review ( in planning)
  • Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane, Book Series, University of Chester (UK)
  • Italian Journal of Disability Studies
  • Periferias (Maria and Joao Aleixo Institute)
  • Disability Studies Quarterly (USA)
  • Socio-Legal Review (LSE/Uni Bangalore)
  • International Review of Disability Studies (Hawaii)
  • Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (Liverpool)
  • Ethnographica: Journal of Disability and Culture (Leuven, Belgium)
  • Editorial group, Journal of Social Inclusion (Griffith)


Online Multi-Media Presentations:


Being Disabled, Philosophy Forum Panel, London School of Economics, 28 November 2018.

Keynote Address: Ableism: A Theory of Everything? (University of Hamburg)


Stella Young & Fiona Kumari Campbell on Transableism, 'Sunday Night Safran', Radio Triple J, Australia, 02 December 2012

Disability Services in Australia: Then and Now

Part 1:

Part 2:

 Systemic Advocacy Keynote

 Dissecting the National Disability Insurance Scheme

 Part 1: 

Part 2:

 Interview with Dan Goodley on Ableism, Manchester Metropolitan University

 What’s Critical about Disability Studies?

 Part 1;

 Part 2:

 Doing Disability Studies – The Impact (interview with Masters Students)

 University of Colombo/Faculty of Law Disability Rights Forum – SoundCloud


External positions

Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies, University of Kelaniya

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Research Output 1983 2019

Object Relations

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

Campbell, F., Oct 2018, Disability in South Asia: Knowledge and Experience. Ghai, A. (ed.). New Delhi: SAGE Publications, p. 39-57 19 p.

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: Zubaan Books, 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)


Australian Postgraduate Award

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Recipient), 1999

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Blake, Dawson Waldron ‐ 4th year Legal Studies Prize

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Recipient), 1998

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D. M. Myers University Medal

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Recipient), 1998

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Deans' Medal (Faculty of Law & Management)

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Recipient), 1998

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Jean Martin Prize in Sociology

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Recipient), 1998

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Activities 2012 2019