Dr Ruth Butler is a geographer who moved into Criminology and Sociology through work with the Students Union at the University of Lancaster on Disability Students’ Rights, and a PhD exploring the controls on visually impaired people’s access to public space.
Her research interests continue to reflect her background and include the public images of disabled people, the nature of inclusivity and accessibility, and hate crime. She is also a member of various working groups in the University committed to ensuring the inclusivity of the University of Hull for all students, staff and visitors. She is also a public speaker for Guide Dogs UK.
She joined the University of Hull in 1997 and has held many administrative roles including Head of Department. She has taught widely at the undergraduate and postgraduate level on topics including disability, equality and diversity, research methods, and social theory.