Dr Lee Humber

Tutor in Health and Social Care and Tutor Global Labour and Social Change

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Dr Lee Humber

My professional background crosses teaching and care work. For over 30 years I have worked in special schools teaching children and young people with an enormous range of additional learning needs, as well as with disabled children more generally. Most of this time was spent in inner London boroughs. As well as this I’ve worked in a number of social care and social work-related roles, mostly with disabled people, adults and young people. I bring this extensive working experience to my academic work today.

At Ruskin we are developing a whole range of exciting new opportunities for students wanting to progress into the social care sector. After completing my PhD in 2010 I have worked in FE but mostly HE posts teaching health and social care studies at every level from NVQ to PhD supervision. I teach using blended methods, using classroom and e-based resources as the need arises. I have worked for the last five years with students in Hong Kong, delivering classroom sessions there and supervising subsequent work via e-technologies. My most recent post before Ruskin was at Liverpool Hope University, where I wrote a new Health and Social Care programme for them. Now, here at Ruskin, I have been able to collaborate with colleagues to develop a course specifically suited to the learning styles of the Ruskin cohorts.

I publish as often as possible. For example, in 2016 I had two papers accepted to print, one an appreciation of the life of Jack Tizard, a pioneer in the study of learning disabilities, the other a critical analysis of the neo-liberal direction of social care provision in the 21st century. I am research active and have recently overseen a research project working with a local disability organisation looking at disability and World War One, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Most recent:

2016: The impact of neoliberal market relations of the production of care on the quantity and quality of support for people with learning disabilities, Critical and Radical Social Work, 4:2; pp149-169

2016:The contribution to the study of learning disabilities of Jack Tizard, Critical and Radical Social Work, 4:1; pp103-116

2015: Exposing the Migration Myths, International Socialism; Issue 147

2015: Care work in the neoliberal era, Socialist Review, April issue

2014: Social inclusion through employment: the marketization of employment support for people with learning disabilities in the UK, Disability and Society, 29:2; pp275-290

2013:  Ecology and Mental Health; published report for MIND

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