Francesca Peruzzo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow leading the project Diversifying Inclusion and Growth: Inspiring Technologies for Accessible Learning (DIGITAL) in the time of Coronavirus, researching inclusive technologies and digital accessibilities during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic in UK, Italy, Chile, Malaysia, US and Australia. Currently, she is conducting a parallel research project on disabled students’ activism and student unions in the UK higher education.
Prior to this project she was affiliated with the University of Naples – Federico II as a on the EU-funded project ‘Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations in Education: the challenges of Multi-level Governance and Privatisation in Europe’, where she was Research Lead on Policy Network Analysis and Network Ethnography Italian and European Levels.
She completed her doctoral studies at the UCL Institute of Education with a research that merged a sociological perspective and Foucauldian tools to challenge ableism in Italian higher education, investigating the production of disability discourses, practices and subjectivities, and their implications for inclusive policies and practices and equity in opportunities in academic contexts.
Former disabled student assistant, her current interests lie in disabled students’ activism in higher education, accessible and inclusive technologies, digital network ethnography, governmentality studies and policy privatisation in education.