Dr Simon Prideaux (retired) was an Associate Professor of Social Welfare, Disability Studies and Crime in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds (England). He has written, co-authored and edited four books entitled Crimes of States and Powerful Elites (2021), State Crime and Immorality: The Corrupting Influence of the Powerful (2016), Understanding Disability Policy (2012), Not So New Labour: A Sociological Critique of New Labour’s Policy and Practice (2005). He has also published in the journals Social Policy & Administration, the Canadian Journal of Sociology, Political Quarterly, Disability & Society and the International Journal of Social Welfare. Talks and/or keynote speeches have been given in Canada (Toronto), the Czech Republic (Olumouc), Finland (Mikkeli), Japan (Osaka and Tokyo), Malta (Saint Julians), Portugal (Braga and Lisbon), Slovakia (Tatranska Lomnica), Taiwan (Chun Cheng, Kaohsiung and Taipei) and the UK (Bath and Lancaster).



Dr Pey-Chun Pan is an Assistant Professor of Department of Social Work, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (Taiwan). Her research is on accessibility, transport policy of disabled people and the social movement of people with Hansen’s Disease in Taiwan. She has joined several research projects including one on independent living policy, reasonable accommodation on health issues and the development of Taiwan human rights indicators of CRPD. She is a horticultural therapist as well. She has published 4 book chapters on disability and also published in the Community Development Journal Quarterly, the Journal of Disability Research and Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies.


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Dr Grace O'Brien is a lecturer/researcher in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice (CIESJ) at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She has worked in partnership with First Nations communities throughout Queensland for many years. Grace’s research addresses the need for urgent educational reform to support the engagement of young First Nations males at school and reduce their over-representation in the juvenile justice system. She has worked across primary, secondary, and tertiary education sectors to support an understanding and inclusion of First Nations perspectives and Knowledges within the education curriculum. Grace is an affiliate member of the QUT Centre for Justice and is the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education representative for the CIESJ Faculty Academic Board. Grace has recently published a journal article, Racial Profiling, Surveillance and Over-Policing: The Over-Incarceration of Young First Nations Males in Australia, in Social Sciences, and a book chapter, Disrupting the Status Quo: A Socially Just Education for Australia's First Nations Boys in Minding the Marginalized Students Through Inclusion, Justice, and Hope: Daring to Transform Educational Inequities pp193-209. She will be presenting a paper at the Australasian Youth Justice Conference, Auckland, NZ. (online) in November, 2021.

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