Dr Leah Burch is a Professional Tutor at Liverpool Hope University, in the School of Social Sciences. Her research interests include disability hate crime, affect theory, and inequality.
Her previous research explored disabled people’s experiences and understandings of hate crime within the context of their everyday lives. This research sought to raise awareness of the strategies of resistance developed by disabled people to manage these experiences, and consider different approaches to engaging public awareness with this topic. Prior to this, her research focused on online disablist hate speech and special educational needs policy. These works have been published in Disability & Society, and The Journal of Education Policy.