Linda’s research explores the intersections of disability, law and injustice. Her research is interdisciplinary, drawing on diverse critical theories and empirical research methods to provide new approaches to understanding and responding to contemporary disability law and policy issues. Linda’s current research projects focus on: (1) punishment of people with disability, and (2) violence against people with disability. Other areas of research related to disability include human rights law, law and development and disaster law.
Linda is the co-editor (with Stuart Thomas) of ‘Disability at the Peripheries: Legal Theory, Disability and Criminal Law’ (2014) 23(3) Griffith Law Review. She is also currently co-editing the following special issues: ‘Medical Bodies: Gender, Justice and Medicine’ (forthcoming 2016) Australian Feminist Studies (with Macarena Iribarne and Rachel Carr); ‘Normalcy and Disability: Intersections Among Norms, Law, and Culture’ (forthcoming 2017) Continuum (with Gerard Goggin and Jessica Robyn Cadwallader); and ‘Disability, Rights and Law Reform in Australia – Recent Trends’ (forthcoming 2017) Law in Context (with Lee Ann Basser and Piers Gooding).
Linda is particularly interested in collaborating with academics and social justice advocates or supervising doctoral research students in relation to: (1) law and disability, (2) women affected by criminal law and the criminal justice system, (3) law, prisons and punishment, and (4) law’s relationship to marginalised or ‘vulnerable’ populations. Linda convenes an informal network on critical disability law: ‘Law, Disability, Normalcy’. Please contact Linda if you would like to be placed on the network’s email list. Linda remains active in policy and law reform debates related to disability rights. She has a professional background in the community legal and social justice sector, including working as a solicitor at the Intellectual Disability Rights Service (2006-2008).
Linda has been a longstanding board member of the Women in Prison Advocacy Network since 2008.
Linda will be a visiting researcher at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University Canada during September-October 2016.