Louise Toller

Louise Toller



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies


I am an ESRC funded PhD student in the department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology. My PhD explores the experiences of young people with ME/CFS, using a combination of visual and verbal methods. I am particularly interested in the role of liminality in their lives – the impact of having a condition that is fluctuating, largely invisible, and medically and socially contested – and how they experience possessing multiple, shifting identities.


Toller, L. & Farrimond, H. (2021) The unpredictable body, identity, and disclosure: Identifying the strategies of chronically ill students at university. Disability Studies Quarterly. Open access at: https://dsq-sds.org/article/view/7049/5941


Toller, L. (2018) Innovators, inventors and creators: What strategies do chronically ill university students adopt to help them succeed? BSA South West Regional Medical Sociology Event, Plymouth, 22nd March.

Toller, L. (2018) 'The only way things are ever going to change is if people can see us': Early reflections on using visual methods in research on young people with ME/CFS. University of Exeter Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology Annual Postgraduate Conference, 11th May.

Toller, L. (2018) PhD and M.E.: Striving for efficiency as a chronically ill researcher. South West Doctoral Training Partnership Conference 2018 - Beyond Research: Society, Collaboration and Impact, 14th November.

Toller, L. (2021) Taking a step back, finding a new perspective: Reflecting on what participants can gain from taking part in research. University of Exeter Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology Annual Postgraduate Conference – InSPAration: Research impact in a digital culture. 21st-22nd October.