UCL Futures Grant

The UCL Global Disability Research Group have been awarded funding from UCL Futures to hold a four part seminar series followed by a one day conference to be held in April 2010.

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UCL Global Disability Research

UCL Global Disability Research focuses on disability research in the areas of global health and international development. It is comprised of faculty members and students from the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre and the Centre for International Health and Development, which is based in the Institute of Child Health.

The research collaboration is a partner of UCL's current Grand Challenge of Global Health initiative, and has strong interdisciplinary links with departments throughout UCL, as well as strong ties to researchers working on disability issues worldwide.

Members have on-going research in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as undertaking regular work in the UK, the EU and the US. We serve as regular consultants for UN organisations, international development organisations, global non-governmental organisations and international disabled people's organisations. Our members regularly publish in leading journals, present findings at international conferences and teach at BSc, MSc and PhD level. To find out more about our members, please click here.

UCL is also home to Source – an international information support centre designed to strengthen the management, use and impact of information on health and disability.

We runa series of seminars throughout the term focusing on global disability research.

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UCL Futures Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminars

Seminar: 16th February 2012, 17.00-20.00

Entry, engagement and empowerment: Dilemmas for inclusive education in an Indian context

Speaker: Dr Nidhi Singal

The concept of inclusive education has been an integral part of the Indian policy discourse for over a decade. It has been enshrined in popular media and has gained legitimacy in government, international and national NGO circles. While India has made a significant increase in the number of children enrolled in school, a large proportion continue to be excluded from and within the education system. Children with disabilities remain one of the most disproportionally represented amongst this group. Drawing on rich ethnographic data collected from two research projects based in different parts of urban and rural India, this presentation will interrogate the educational experiences of people with disabilities, and also investigate how policy rhetoric is being translated into practice.

Findings from the data suggest that while children with disabilities are now part of the mainstream schools' consciousness of responsibility, thus enabling their 'entry' into such schools, their participation in the classroom remains strongly framed within the notion of 'teachability'. Accounts of the young people who have negotiated the education system note overwhelming feelings of frustration but also high levels of resilience and an incredible faith in the positive benefits of education.

Using the work of Amartya Sen and others, Dr Singal will argue that systemic changes are needed where the focus is on issues of educational equity, alongside concerns for quality.

The seminar will take place on the 16th February 2012 from 5pm-7pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.

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Seminar: 22nd March 2012, 17.00-20.00

Digging deeper into 'inclusive development': insights from a discursive analysis of the construction and problematisation of disability in international development policy

Speaker: Nina Marshall