Setting an Emancipatory Agenda: Disabled People's Research Network


  • Dr Ben Simmons

    Bath Spa University, United Kingdom

  • Prof Martin Levinson

    Bath Spa University, United Kingdom

  • Dr Stuart Read

    Bath Spa University, United Kingdom

Project summary

Our approach to leadership and management is radically emancipatory and inclusive. We will establish a Disabled People's Research Network in Southwest England. The direction and running of the network will be shared with disabled people. All of our activities will be co-produced with disabled people, and we will provide opportunities for engagement in the network by establishing an advisory panel, regional research hubs, and an innovative research fellowship scheme for disabled non-academics.

Our vision is an ambitious programme which aims to create new disability research agendas that are shaped and led by disabled people as researchers. In doing so, this programme will shift disability research away from the elitist culture of academia, to instead focusing on addressing the real world issues that matter to disabled people and organisations. This will involve developing new research models and methodologies for collaborative working between universities, disabled people, and local communities.