disability research @UEA disability research @UEA


Disability Research @UEA is a multi-disciplinary network of scholars interested in applied research in the fields of disability and ageing. Participants come from development studies, health economics, medical sociology, nursing, rehabilitation sciences, social work and other academic disciplines, as well as from disabled people's organisations, voluntary organisations, and statutory services in the region.  

Members of the Disability-Research@UEA network made a substantial contribution to the UEA Social Work and Social Policy Unit of Assessment in REF2014, which was ranked fourth among all UK Social Work/Social Policy returns, with a grade point average of 3.38. This was the best result of all UEA submissions.


All researchers, students, professionals, service users and members of the public are welcome at our seminars. Please contact Tom Shakespeare if you wish to be added to the mailing list for events.

Past Events

Disability, Health and Social Policy Seminar Series 2015-2016

26th April 12.30-13.30 - Thomas Paine Study Centre 1.03: (Joint Disability/Health Economics Seminar) Ruth Hancock and Marcello Morciano, “Targeting of publicly-funded social care and disability benefits: empirical evidence from England”.

7th March 12.30-13.30 - Thomas Paine Study Centre 1.03: Sarah Richardson and Tom Shakespeare, “The sexual politics of disability revisited”.

18th February 17.00-20.00 - Edith Cavell Building: “Rights-based Rehabilitation”.

8th February 12.00-13.30 - Queens 01.11: Jane Hernon, “Disabled children's perspectives on participation in Children's Social Care in England”.

11th January 2016 - Ola Abu Alghaib, “Social protection, disability and Independent Living: case study of Palestine”.

7th December 2015 - Harriet Cooper, “Why clinicians may benefit from analysing cultural representations of childhood rehabilitation”.

2nd November 2015 - Tom Porter, “Conceptualising supportive relationships in multi-morbidity”.

24th June 2015 - UK Childhood Disability Research Network

15 April 2015 - Dr Ken Robey, Rutgers University, "Moving disability-related instruction and experiences into US healthcare training programmes", further information available.

9th December 2014 - Pauline Boyles (Senior Disability Advisor for Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Board, New Zealand), "From wrongs to rights: enabling people policies and practices to transform health systems. Making the UN convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities real. A New Zealand experience".

22nd October 2014 - Ageing with Disability Research Workshop: this meeting aimed to develop a new research proposal around the social and economic dimensions of ageing with an existing disability, involving service users from the outset on a co-production model.

26th September 2014 - Mental Health Self-Knowledge, funded by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation: this event brought together 50 mental health professionals, service users and researchers to explore the contribution of the Recovery College and Tojisha Kenkyu approaches.

15 September 2014 - Lunchtime Seminar with Professor Leslie Swartz (Stellenbosch), Capacity building in disability-related research in the south: opportunities and dilemmas.

During 2013-14, inter-disciplinary lunchtime seminars were held with Dr Marcus Redley (Cambridge), Professor Nora Groce (UCL), Professor Alarcos Cieza (Southampton), Professor Ruth Hancock (UEA), Professor Julian Hughes (Newcastle), Professor Lyn Rochester (Newcastle), Professor Nicholas Watson (Glasgow).

For further information, visit disability.research@uea.ac.uk.



Recent relevant research projects include:

  • Personal Assistance Relationships: ESRC-funded project (2014-2017) (Personal Assistance Relationships Blog)

  • Social protection in Middle East North Africa region: PhD project (2013-2016)

  • Disability and care needs in the older population (find out more)

See also the network members' webpages for further research activities.

Partners and Impact

Partners include:

Members of the network have presented research and/or given evidence at Parliamentary International Development Select Committee Disability and Development Consortium, United Kingdom Parliament (Committee on International Development), United Nations, and the World Health Organization. View the full report here.

We have also made contributions to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Disability Matters e-learning website.

See also the network members' webpages for further impact activities.