Conceptions of social justice and inter-sectionality in Scottish and Swedish education

  • Elisabet Weedon (Speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Seminar jointly organised by the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID), University of Edinburgh and the Platform for Research in Inclusive Education (PRIS) University of Gothenburg. The paper given by Dr Elisabet Weedon begins by comparing and policy and legislation intended to improve the representation of disabled students in Scotland and Sweden. The similarities in the equalities legislative framework are noted, with disability recognised as one of the legally protected characteristics in both countries. Widening access initiatives for students from socially disadvantaged areas are also evident, although in Scotland this is given policy primacy whilst in Sweden some widening access initiatives appear to be declining in importance. The paper then examines the nature of data-gathering and reporting in relation to the representation of disabled students in higher education in the two jurisdictions. The absence of inter-sectional analysis is noted, and it is argued that in order to understand the social justice implications of equality measures, it is vital to conduct inter-sectional analysis which takes account of both disability and social class, recognising the heterogeneity of the disabled student population.
Period7 Dec 2015
Event typeConference
LocationGothenburg, SwedenShow on map


  • widening access
  • disabled students
  • social justice
  • inter-sectional