Disability Research Edinburgh website launch & networking event

Disability Research Edinburgh (DRE) is a network of researchers whose work engages with disability.

The main aims of the group are to help raise the profile of disability research in the University of Edinburgh, and to provide a coherent and coordinated means of communication and collaboration between DRE members and the growing disability research community beyond Edinburgh.

Since late 2014, the network has been running a series of research seminars presented by DRE members and guest speakers. The group comprises around 60 members of staff and students from various disciplines, with contributions from researchers working in Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Australia.

This next event aims to provide members of the network, and anyone interested in the area of disability research, an opportunity to come together and celebrate the launch of our new website and to highlight the diversity of research in the field.

Speakers will include:

  • George Low, Disability Research Edinburgh
  • Professor Dorothy Miell, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor John M Davis, Professor of Childhood Inclusion, Moray House School of Education
  • Inclusion Scotland
  • Disability History Scotland, who will present their Lottery Funded animation One Last Push: the final Battle of World War One? This film provides a short history of disability in Scotland and questions how social attitudes towards disability have changed, developed and often stalled, from WWI to the present day.

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

Find out about access to the venue. If you have any further queries about access, please do feel free to contact disability.research@ed.ac.uk.

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The event is free to attend, and everyone is welcome, but please register in advance using Eventbrite.

More about Disability Research Edinburgh

DRE was established by George Low, a PhD student in the Reid School of Music. His research explores the challenges facing disabled musicians, like himself, and aspiring musicians with disabilities, by attempting to identify the physical, psychological and social barriers they encounter.

In establishing a “collaborative space that would encourage interdisciplinary engagement”, George was supported by his PhD supervisors – Professor Raymond MacDonald and Professor Dorothy Miell – and by Dr Katie Overy, Co-director of the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD).

Within ECA, DRE has developed links with groups such as Creative Interdisciplinary Research in Collaborative Environments (CIRCLE), the Scottish Music and Health Network (SMHN) and OPENspace research centre, while linkages beyond the University include the Social Dimensions of Health Institute at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews.

The network has recently been awarded funding by the Institute of Academic Development.

15th June 2016
14:00 – 17:00
Main Lecture Theatre (E22), ECA Main Building, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh

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