The PODI project examines political rights and participation for disabled people and their organisations.


Dr Rune Halvorsen

Rune Halvorsen

Dr Rune Halvorsen joined the CDS as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, to conduct research on the political rights and participation of disabled people and their organisations in a selection of European countries. The fellowship is based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Rune has extensive international experience, especially in research and innovation funded by the EU, and was previously based in Oslo, Norway.

The project is called Realizing the political rights of persons with disabilities (PODI). Taking as its point of departure the adoption of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, including Article 29 on Participation in political and public life, PODI examines under which conditions disabled people’s organisations are most likely to achieve voice and influence on decision-making processes of importance for their own lives and for society as a whole, including examples of promising practice.

We are particularly interested in how disabled people’s organizations in Europe work with their respective governments. By comparing the experiences of disabled people’s organizations in Germany, Italy, Norway and the UK we aim to identify what these organizations can learn from each other in their work with the CRPD and how politicians can promote their involvement in the formation and implementation of relevant policies.

Read more about the project here.