Kirsty Liddiard


Kirsty is currently a Research Fellow at the School of Education at the University of Sheffield.  She is also co-leader of the Institute for the Study of the Human (iHuman), also at the University of Sheffield. Kirsty’s research explores the impacts of disablism and ableism in the intimate lives of disabled people. You can read more about Kirsty’s work here and here, or follow her on Twitter @kirstyliddiard1

Kirsty is Co-Investigator on Strand 1 of the New Spaces project, ‘Queer and Disability Arts’, working alongside Gemma Nash to create a toilet film which will be screened at disability and LGBTQ themed arts festivals.

Jen Slater

Jen Slater

Jen works as a Reader in Disability Studies and Education at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Their PhD research was about youth and disability. They spent a year hanging out, running art projects and chatting to young people in the UK and Iceland. Their fascination with toilets comes from a wider interest in issues of gender, disability and the body. They also like reality television (current fave: Naked Attraction).  You can look at Jen’s blog here or follow them on Twitter at @jenslater

Jen leads the Around the Toilet project.

Lisa Procter


My work bridges childhood studies, with a particular focus on childhood emotion, and architectural design. I aim to explore ways of supporting childhood emotional diversity through spatial agency by working with spatial practitioners and architects. I draw on sociological and geographical theories of emotion to examine entanglements between children, place, objects and things. My work explores emotion and entanglements across a range of spaces including green roofs, public toilets, classrooms, ‘scrap’ land, planting beds, streets, playgrounds.

My approach to research reflects my commitment to working in collaborative ways with children to explore aspects of experience that are beyond representation. Integral to this I develop sensory methodologies to explore with the implicit, intangible and inchoate dimensions of experience. I am particularly interested in the use of art and design practices in the co-production of research outputs with children. I work alongside community organisations in the production of meaningful research outputs, which benefit the lives of children and families.

Lisa is Co-investigator on Strand 3 of the New Spaces project, ‘Children and Young People’ with Jill Smith and Purple Patch Arts.

Charlotte Jones


Charlotte is a Research Fellow on the Around the Toilet project at Sheffield Hallam University and Research Assistant on the Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence (USVSV) project at Brunel University London. She recently finished her PhD on intersex people’s experiences of relationships, intimacy and prejudice. You can follow her on Twitter at @Charlotte_Sheff.

Charlotte works across all three strands of the New Spaces project, collaborating with the other team members and collecting data on the impact of the research.

Jill Pluquailec


Lecturer in the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University

Jill’s research involves work with disabled children and their families. She works in family homes, schools, playgrounds and allotments to name a few, gathering and reflecting on stories of what everyday life looks like, and feels like, for children with a label of autism in the UK today. She works with methods of embodiment, sensory ethnography and narratives to develop stories with families about their everyday experiences. Although situated within education, much of her work is transdisciplinary drawing heavily on sociology and critical disability studies.

Jill is excited to be part of the New Spaces project, working as Co-investigator on Strand 3, ‘Children and Young People’, with Lisa Procter and Purple Patch Arts.

Gemma Nash

Gemma Nash

Gemma is a digital storyteller and sound artist whose work focuses on re-imagining the ‘othered’ body and the complex relationship between medicine, disability and ethics.   She is particularly interested in using rehashed found sounds and other recycled materials to create impressionistic and disjointed pieces.  Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and she is currently one of five artists taking part in Sound and Music’s Pathways residency.

She is also a cultural leader with extensive project management experience, particularly within disability arts and music technology. She currently works for Drake Music as a freelance artist, advocate and spokesperson.

Gemma is Co-Investigator on Strand 1 of the New Spaces project, ‘Queer and Disability Arts’.

Gill Kemp

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Gill Kemp began her career in education and law and has also worked in the media. In her spare time she has also been involved with various charities. Gill recently founded the Toilet Consortium UK and is partnering Crohn’s and Colitis UK with the aim of encouraging a wide range of charities and like minded organisations to unite in achieving better toilet access for all. She has been a member of the British Toilet Association [BTA] for a number of years and has given evidence on the effects of public toilet closures to the Health & Social Care Committee at the Welsh Assembly.  On behalf of the BTA Gillian has chaired a joint venture with Hertfordshire Constabulary to revise a booklet on reducing vandalism in publicly accessible toilets.  She has also edited a booklet on public toilet facilities and partnered Unite the Union in producing a booklet for lorry drivers on accessing facilities.

She has contributed articles to a variety of publications.  She is the founder of two campaigns: Truckers’ Toilets UK  and Public Toilets UK, both of which aim to improve toilet provision in the UK.  Gill is a Founder Director of an international medical equipment manufacturing company.

Gill is pleased to be contributing to the New Spaces project as project partner on Strand 2, ‘Engagement with Design Professionals’.

Jess Bradley

Jess Bradley is the National Union of Student’s Trans Students Officer, a director of Action for Trans Health, and a founding member of the Trans Equality Legal Initiative. In her spare time, she is finishing off a PhD in Planning and Environment Management and runs a queer theatre company.

Jess is in the Advisory Group for the New Spaces project.

Eve Stirling

Eve Stirling is a Senior Lecturer in Design at Sheffield Institute of Art at Sheffield Hallam University. She teaches MA and BA Interior Design. Her research interests include the use of social media within society and she is interested in the proliferation of digital spaces within our everyday lives. She uses practice based and visual research methods to explore the everyday lives of her participants. She has a toilet obsession and a belief that the toilets are the most important element of a design scheme.

Eve is in the Advisory Group for the New Spaces project.

Dahlia Tayel-Brown

I am Dahlia. I am Egyptian living in Sheffield. One day my brother ask me if I would be interested to get involved in a project by Sheffield Hallam University talking about toilets, I agree – well I am muslim and I love going out to the countryside discovering England but toilets are my main concern, we have a special way of cleaning and this involves water. I went along, talking toilet from my faith perspective and I enjoy being in the project, I can’t wait to see the film.

Dahlia is in the Advisory Group for the New Spaces project.

Lauren White


Lauren is a PhD student based in the department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. Her PhD is looking at everyday life with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) particularly exploring how symptoms are negotiated in everyday routines, practices and relationships. Lauren has also worked on projects into IBS and social life which have centred around women’s experiences of relationships when living with IBS, and how toilet mapping is conducted in everyday life, with the use of mobile methods.

She recently won the ESRC writing competition for her piece on IBS and toilets. Lauren sits on the advisory board of the National Charity for IBS, The IBS Network. You can follow her on Twitter at @laurenewhite184

Lauren is in the Advisory Group for the New Spaces project.

(More people  to come!)