Professor Tom Shakespeare
Tom Shakespeare is a Professor of Disability Research at the University of East Anglia, UK. Tom's primary research interests are in disability studies, medical sociology, and in social and ethical aspects of genetics.
Tom completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge, then worked at the Universities of Sunderland, Newcastle and Leeds before spending five years at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Tom is the author of Disability Rights and Wrongs(2006) and co-author of The Sexual Politics of Disability (1996), as well as a dozen academic books. He has founded several disabled people’s organisations; chaired the central research committee of the £5m Disability Research for Independent Living and Learning programme; is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics; and a former member of Arts Council England. He has also authored three television documentaries and presents ‘A Point of View’ regularly on BBC Radio 4.