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From Europe to the United Nations


Anna Lawson, Mark Priestley, Derek Whyman and Ema Loja completed a major evaluation of progress on the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The report for the European Commission covers more than 100 different policy actions and instruments implemented since 2010 and draws on additional evidence from key informant interviews and focus groups conducted in the 28 EU Member States....

Preparing for the European elections


Ema Loja and Mark Priestley are contributing to the development of new indicators of political participation for disabled people in Europe, in a project collaboration between the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the European Commission's Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED). The work will be jointly presented to the EU High...

September 2013 - August 2014


Political participation indicators In a new research project, Ema Loja and Mark Priestley will be involved in developing new indicators of political participation for disabled people in Europe from statistical analysis of European survey data and from evidence collected by expert networks in the 28 EU Member States. The research is a collaboration between the European Union...

September 2012 – August 2013


The Three Rs: Rights, Resistance and Reclamation 17 April 2013, 2.00pm. to 4.00pm.The Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds in association with the Leeds Disability Action Group invites you to attend an afternoon seminar This is an afternoon seminar led by Debbie Jolly and Robert Williams-Findlay, Co-founders of Disabled People Against Cuts and will take...

September 2011 - August 2012


August 2012 ‘Changing Lives Changing Times’, a performance by students from the Cathedral Academy of Performing Arts and Cockburn School will be held at Cockburn High School (Leeds) on Wednesday 17 October to conclude the ESRC Performing Disability Histories project, and as a prelude to this year’s Disability History Month. July 2012 Welcome to Prof...

September 2010 - August 2011


August 2011 Dr Sonali Shah (Sociology and Social Policy) and Prof. Mick Wallis (Performance and Cultural Industries) were awarded a grant by the Economic and Research Council for a drama-based, one-year follow-on project enhancing the impact of previous research funded by the Nuffield Foundation. July 2011 Congratualations to all our students who graduated in this...

Anna Lawson presented a plenary address at the 11th NNDR in Iceland


Anna Lawson presented a plenary address at the 11th Conference of the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) in Reykjavic (Iceland). Jill Edwards and Sarah Woodin also presented papers to the conference. Members of CDS were amongst those who joined with thousands of disabled people and their allies for a major demonstration in London in...

September 2009 - August 2010


August 2010 A well-earned holiday for everyone at CDS... July 2010 Congratulations to all of our students who received their degrees in the University's summer graduation ceremonies. Ray Holt (Engineering) and Angharad Beckett (Sociology and Social Policy) were awarded a Leverhulme grant on'Designing for Inclusive Play: facilitating meaningful play between disabled and non-disabled children'. CDS...

September 2008 - August 2009


August 2009 Visitors to the Centre included Vasilica Stamatin, Babes-Bolyai University (Romania). July 2009 Angharad Beckett and Nick Ellison (Sociology and Social Policy) hosted a dissemination day for researchers and teachers to discuss findings from the ESRC-funded project Disability Equality in English Primary Schools (DEEPS). An end of project conference is planned for 15 September....

September 2007 - August 2008


August 2008 This year sees changes in the management of the Centre and the retirement of Dr Geof Mercer, a founding member who contributed extensively to CDS teaching, research and publications. We are grateful to Geof for his long-standing contribution to disability studies. Dr Laura Hemingway is appointed to a temporary lectureship (School of Sociology...