Sonali graduated with a PhD in Occupational Psychology and Disability at Loughborough University in 2002. Since then she has developed a series of innovative projects, supported by prestigious awards and university fellowships on disability issues, human rights and social change with Russell Group universities Nottingham, Leeds and Glasgow. Sonali has designed and adopted interdisciplinary and creative methodological and dissemination approaches (including theatre and life history methods) to ensure research engages with a diversity of stakeholders to bring an awareness of disability and social change to non-academic and young audiences; and to provide a platform for disabled people to have a voice in the development of practices and policies that impact their lives.
Sonali currently authors 12 journal articles and 4 books including Global Perspectives of Gender, Disability & Violence (2018); Disability & Social Change: Private Lives & Public Policies (2011); Career Success of Disabled High-flyers (2005); Young Disabled People: Aspirations, Choices and Constraints (2008). She co-ordinates the international Facebook group Women Ageing with Cerebral Palsy. She is on the editorial boards of Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research and Frontiers in Education (SEN) and a reviewer for journals Research Papers in Education and Qualitative Research. She is guest editor for a special issue on disability for the journal History of the Family, and on the management board for Disability Arts Online.