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Towards an Agenda for Disability Research in Europe: Learning from Disabled People’s Organisations


Mark Priestley


University of Leeds - Sociology and Social Policy

Lisa Waddington


Maastricht University

Carlotta Bessozi


affiliation not provided to SSRN

October 7, 2010

Disability & Society, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 731-746, October 2010

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This paper addresses the challenges of building capacity for collaborative participatory research with disabled people’s organisations in European countries. The paper presents initial findings from the project 'European Research Agendas for Disability Equality' (EuRADE), which seeks to build the capacity of civil society organisations to participate in future research collaborations in partnership with academic institutions. The findings draw on survey data identifying the research capacity, needs and priorities of 68 organisations in 25 countries and focuses, in particular, on responses from national or European level representative organisations of disabled people. The findings demonstrate a high degree of motivation and readiness for collaboration in academic research but raise concerns about the readiness of academic institutions to engage disabled people as equal partners within social model and rights-based approaches. Respondent organisations identified a wide range of research needs that raise challenges for collaborative responses from the academic community. In this way, the findings provide a basis for developing user-led agendas for European funded research within the emancipatory paradigm, and indentify important opportunities for new international research collaborations between activists and academics.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: participatory research, disabled people's organisations, capacity building, research, Europe

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Date posted: October 9, 2010 ; Last revised: November 20, 2010

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Priestley, Mark and Waddington, Lisa and Bessozi, Carlotta, Towards an Agenda for Disability Research in Europe: Learning from Disabled People’s Organisations (October 7, 2010). Disability & Society, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 731-746, October 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1688922

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Mark Priestley
University of Leeds - Sociology and Social Policy ( email )
United Kingdom
Lisa Waddington (Contact Author)
Maastricht University ( email )
PO Box 616
Maastricht, 6200 MD
Netherlands
Carlotta Bessozi
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