Steve Emery

I am Steve Emery from London, in the UK. I have worked in the printing industry as a typesetter and also spent time travelling over the world solo, as an independent backpacker. I went to university as a mature student and obtained my BA degree in Cultural Studies. After this, I was employed in a variety of jobs, including advice work and counselling, before I returned to university and obtained my PhD in Citizenship and the Deaf Community and group rights from the University of Central Lancashire. I have undertaken numerous research projects, two examples being Genetics and Deafhood, and Mental Health in the Black and Ethnic Minority community.I have also lived in Colombia for some time. My research interests are broad and include political theory and the political philosophy of social change.


Heriot-Watt University
Dept. of Language & Intercultural Studies
School of Social Sciences
Henry Prais Building 2.01
Edinburgh EH14 4AS


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– Emery, S.D. (2011) Citizenship and the Deaf Community, Ishara Press: Nijmegen, Holland. [Includes a British Sign Language DVD]

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

– Emery, S. D., & Iyer, S. (2021). Deaf migration through an intersectionality lens. Disability & Society, 1-22. LINK

– O’Brien, D. & Emery, S. D. (2014) ‘The role of the intellectual in minority group studies: reflections on Deaf studies in social and political context’ Qualitative Inquiry 20(1), 27-34.
– Middleton A, Emery S, Palmer C & Boudreault P (2011) ‘Deaf Community and Genetics’. In eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005875.pub2
– Emery, S. D., Middleton, A. & Turner, G.H. (2010) ‘Whose deaf genes are they anyway? The Deaf community challenge to legislation on embryo selection’ in Sign Language Studies 10(1), 155-169.

– Middleton, A., Emery, S.D., & Turner, G.H. (2010) ‘Views, Knowledge and Beliefs about Genetics and Genetic Counselling amongst Deaf people’ in Sign Language Studies 10(1), 170-196.

– Emery, S.D. (2009) ‘In space no-one can see you waving your hands: making citizenship meaningful to Deaf worlds’; Citizenship Studies 13(1), 31-44.

– Emery, S.D. (2007) ‘Citizenship and Sign Bilingualism: “…There is nothing wrong with being bilingual…it’s a positive and fantastic thing!“ ’, in R. Swanwick and S. Gregory (eds.) Deafness and Education International: Sign Language and Education, Special Edition, 9(4), 173-186.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

– Emery, S.D. (2015) ‘A Deaf Diaspora? Imagining Deaf Worlds Across and Beyond Nations’, in M. Friedner & A. Kusters (eds) “It’s a Small World” Inquiries into international deaf spaces,Gallaudet University Press, Gallaudet, Washington D.C.

– Bryan, A. & Emery, S. D. (2014) ‘The Case for Deaf Legal Theory through the Lens of Deaf Gain’ Deaf Gain Collection, Book Chapter, University of Minnesota Press: Minnesota.

– Emery, S.D. (2007) ‘The loneliness of the long-distance post-graduate student’ in Barnes, L., Harrington, F., and Williams, J. (eds.) Deaf Students in Higher Education: Current Research and Practice. Douglas McLean: Glos., UK.

Encyclopedia Entries

– Emery, S.D. (2016) ‘Deaf Rights Activism, Global Protest’, in G. Gertz & P. Boudreault (eds) The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia, SAGE: C.A., 266-271.

– Emery, S.D., & Middleton, A. (2016) ‘Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008’ in G. Gertz & P. Boudreault (eds) The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia, SAGE: C.A., 472-476.

– Belk, R. & Emery, S.D. (2016) ‘Genetics and Ancestry’ in G. Gertz & P. Boudreault (eds) The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia, SAGE: C.A., 436-440.

Peer Reviewed Working Papers

– Kusters, A., de Meulder, M., Friedner, M., & Emery, S.D. (2015) ‘On “diversity” and “inclusion”: Exploring paradigms for achieving Sign Language Peoples’ rights’, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Working Paper 15-02. <accessed February 27, 2018>


– Emery, S. D. (2011) Deaf subjects: between identities and places, Disability & Society 26(2), 243-245.

– Emery, S. D. (2009) John V. Van Cleve (ed.) The Deaf History Reader. Gallaudet University Press, Washington D.C., 2007 in The Sign Language Translator and Interpreter 3(1), 104-108.

– Polich, L. (2005) The Emergence of the Deaf Community in Nicaragua: ‘With Sign Language You Can Learn So Much’; in Deafness and Education International 9(3).

– Taylor, G. and Darby, A. (eds) (2003) Deaf Identities; in Deafness and Education International 8(3).

Research Reports

– Emery, S.D. (2008) ‘The Mental Health Needs of Deaf Black Minority Ethnic People’, Research Report, Heriot-Watt University and Deaf Connections: Edinburgh and Glasgow. [Copy available on request.]


– Emery, S.D. (2009) ‘Citizenship and Capacity Building’, The British Sign Language & Linguistic Access Working Group 2008: The Long and Winding Road – A Roadmap to British Sign Language & Linguistic Access in Scotland, The Scottish Government: Scotland. Part 22, Appendix 12: <accessed 27 February 2018>

– Emery S, Burke Blankmeyer T, Middleton A, Belk R, Turner G (2008) Reproductive Liberty and Deafness: Clause 14(4)(9) of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill should be amended or deleted. British Medical Journal. Letter to the Editor, published online 21 April 2008.

– Emery, S.D. (2006) Citizenship and the Deaf Community. PhD Thesis, University of Central Lancashire.

– Emery, S. (2003) ‘Working Through the Pain of Change’ in Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers’ Group: Wakefield, 17-21.

– Emery, S. (2003) ‘A Personal Account of My Experience as a Deaf Child in a Mainstream (oral) School’ in Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers’ Group: Wakefield, 11-13.

– Emery, S. (2002) ‘The Deaf Nation 5 Years On’, Deaf Worlds 18(3), 103-104.