September 2001 – August 2002

August 2002

Colin Barnes, Alison Wilde and Mark Priestley travelled to Reykjavic (Iceland) for the 6th annual conference of the Nordic Network on Disability Research to present papers based on their research.

July 2002

We are pleased to announce that our out-of-print book Exploring the Divide: illness and disability is now freely available in a new online edition. We hope that other titles will follow.

Congratulations and best wishes to all those undergraduate students who were awarded their degrees this month.

Sonali Shah and Mark Priestley contributed to a two-day conference and workshops in Leeds on issues affecting black and minority ethnic disabled people. An online report and pictures will be available in the future.

June 2002

CDS is currently co-ordinating international collaboration to develop a European Network on Disability Studies during 2003, the European Year of Disabled People.

Momin Moh travelled to Thailand this month for a conference on the Asia Pacific Decade of Disabled People.

Emi Yamazaki visited NGOs and disabled people’s organisations in Norway and Sweden as part of her research on disability issues affecting international aid agencies.

May 2002

Charlotte Pearson (Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research) presented a guest seminar this month entitled ‘Keeping the Cash under Control: Why are some parts of the UK keener on direct payments than others?’.

Mark Priestley visited the University of Costa Rica to teach a course on ‘New Paradigms in Disability: a life course approach’, and to liase with national policy organisations and disabled people’s organisations.

April 2002

Nancy Hanson presented the latest in our series of guest seminars on New Directions in Disability. Her talk focused on ‘The Geography of Work and Disabled Women’.

Momin Moh and Alison Wilde contributed papers to a post-graduate work-in-progress seminar.

March 2002

Planning has begun for a dissemination event involving local disabled people and service providers to examine the lessons of research on issues affecting Black and minority ethnic disabled people (in association with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Leeds Involvement Project).

Research within the Centre contributed to the award of a ‘5A’ grade for Social Policy at Leeds in the newly published Research Assessment Exercise results. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this.

February 2002

Good luck to Normand Boucher, who returns to Quebec (Canada) after a six-month period as visting research fellow at the Centre.

Vic Finkelstein and Geoff Mercer travelled to Cape Town (South Africa) as part of a series of exchange visits involving the University of Cape Town and Disabled People of South Africa, in order to develop teaching and research initiatives.

Researchers from the Centre joined with visitors and colleagues in the ESRC Research Group for the Study of Care and Values in Welfare (CAVA) for a seminar on theorising care.

January 2002

Best wishes for a happy new year to everyone, and especially to Hannah Morgan and Dan Goodley who left the Centre this month to take up new posts at the Universities of York and Sheffield respectively. We wish them well.

A quiet month, with efforts focused on writing up research from the Independent Futures project and the Disability and the Life Course programme.

December 2001

Best wishes to all our friends and supporters on International Day of Disabled People and special congratulations to those of our students who graduated this month with a Diploma, MA or PhD in disability studies.

Professor Tim Booth (University of Sheffield) presented the latest in our ‘New Directions’ guest seminar series under the title, ‘Stealing Children: parents with learning difficulties and child protection’ (see

The Centre hosted an invitational seminar on ‘Disability, Gender and Generation’ featuring contributions from international visitors, PhD students and research staff from Leeds. Plans are underway for publication of an edited book arising from this event.

Visitors to the Centre this month included Rannveig Traustadottir (University of Iceland), Gudrun Stefansdottir (Iceland University of Education), and Geert Van Hove (Ghent University, Belgium).

November 2001

Welcome to Philomena Commons, who begins work towards her doctoral thesis on the development of user-defined disability services and professional training in Bangladesh.

Disability activist and writer Lois Keith presented this month’s guest seminar in the ‘New Directions’ series on Death, Disability and Cure in Classic Children’s Fiction. We hope to make this paper available online in the new year.

The final report of the ESRC funded project on older people’s organisations and disability issues is now available online. Further publications are planned.

October 2001

Welcome to Heba Hagrass (Egypt), EmiYamazaki (Japan), Sarah Woodin and Jackie Terry-Schuhmann (UK) who joined us this month to begin their doctoral research projects in disability studies. Details of their research plans will be posted shortly on our research project pages.

Numbers on the MA in Disability Studies continue to increase. There are now 59 students registered on the college-based and distance learning courses.

Mark Priestley travelled to Jyväskylä (Finland) to present a plenary paper from his research on disability and the life course to the annual conference of the Finnish Network on Disability Research.

September 2001

Congratulations to Sangeeta Richhariya, who successfully defended her MPhil thesis on ‘Barriers to the recruitment of disabled students into the nursing profession’

Welcome to Normand Boucher (Quebec City, Canada), who joins CDS for six months as part of his comparative research on social policy and social movements. Also to Judith Mosoff (University of British Columbia, Canada) who is also a visiting research fellow with us this semester.

Anna Lawson is to become Legal Research Consultant for the UK Disability Rights Commission.