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CDS Director and alumnus become members of EHRC's Disability Advisory Committee


We are delighted to announce that our Director, Professor Anna Lawson has become a member of the EHRC's new Disability Advisory Committee. Members of this committee bring a wealth of expertise relating to disability, human rights and social justice. They will inform and advise the Commission’s work to protect and promote rights and equality for disabled people....

New Project: University of Leeds E.Asia Disability Rights Forum (U-LEAD)


We are pleased to announce a new research project - U-LEAD - directed by Professor Anna Lawson in collaboration with Professors Angharad Beckett, Mark Priestley, Gerard Quinn and Luke Clements. It aims to generate a body of research on disability, conducted by people in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong who have lived experience of disability....

Leeds researchers discuss government transport strategy


At a seminar chaired by CDS' Bryan Matthews (Institute of Transport Studies) Angela Greenaway (Head of the Accessibility Strategy Team, at the Department for Transport) presented the work of the Accessibility and Inclusion Unit and the aims of its Accessibility Strategy.  The discussion and questions from staff and students covered the wide portfolio of ongoing DFT...

Special issue published on Disability Equality


A new special issue of the journal Social Inclusion was published today under the title ‘Disability Equality: In Theory and Practice’ (2018, Volume 6, Issue 1). This is an open access journal with all papers freely available to view and download. The direct link for this publication is: The issue is edited by Professor...

New PhD thesis on disability and mate crime


Congratulations to Dr Ged Doherty on passing his PhD examination with a thesis on the nature and extent of mate crime offending against disabled people and institutional responses. Mate crimes are said to occur when disabled people are victimised by people purporting to be their friends. Cases can escalate and several murders of disabled people...

Job Opportunity at University of Leeds: Research Fellow in User Needs Analysis


Research Fellow in User Needs Analysis Do you have a strong background in qualitative research with an interest in the rights of disabled people to access assistive technology? Would you like to work as part of a multidisciplinary European consortium working to improve Independent Living for Deafblind People? Deafblindness - the combination of hearing and...

Professor Gerard Quinn joins CDS


The Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to announce that it has a new member. Professor Gerard Quinn joined the School of Law at the University of Leeds in January. Gerard is a leading authority on international disability law and will be known to many people as the founder and, now former, Director of the...

Moving beyond binaries in mental capacity law


Dr Beverley Clough (School of Law) has started a new project called 'The Spaces of Mental Capacity Law' funded by a fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation. Beverley’s project seeks to reinvigorate debates in mental capacity law, and disability more broadly, through interrogating the key concepts and binaries that currently frame and constrain legal...

Disability network holds tenth annual meeting


On 16-17 November, members of the EU's Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED) held its tenth annual meeting in Brussels. Policy researchers representing 35 European countries met with advisors from the disability movement, policy makers and staff from the European Commission to discuss the progress and current challenges in evidence-based policy making. Copies of...

Measuring the right to independent living


The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has published three reports of evidence on the right to independent community living. This includes evidence developed for FRA in research on statistical outcome indicators by Professor Mark Priestley and Stefanos Grammenos, as well as evidence collected by other researchers and legal Opinion from the FRA. The right...