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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 Futures Grant Seminar Series

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All seminars will be held at University College London, and will be followed by a drinks reception.


2011 Seminars


Seminar: 8th December 2011, 17.00-20.00

Poverty and Disability: A Critical Review of the Literature in Low and Middle-income Countries

Dr Maria Kett is Assistant Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre. She has a particular interest in disability-related issues in situations of disasters and conflicts. Her other main research interests include social exclusion; psychosocial impacts of conflict; effects of displacement, measures to alleviate poverty, and broader issues around development and human rights.

In this seminar, Dr Kett will present the findings of a critical review on the evidence-base of the links between disability and poverty, conducted as part of the DFID-funded Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme. 

The seminar will take place on the 8th December 2011 from 5pm-7pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Seminar: 2nd June 2011, 17.00-20.00

Do what you want: Making access accessible

Nick Tyler is Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering, and set up the Accessibility Research Group within the Centre for Transport Studies, with a team of researchers investigating many aspects of accessibility and public transport. The group has a total research budget of more than £7million for projects including the PAMELA pedestrian environment laboratory, which is being used to develop models for accessible pedestrian infrastructure. Nick is also the Director of the UCL CRUCIBLE Centre, which is a multi-Research Council funded Centre for interdisciplinary research on lifelong health and wellbeing and invlves researchers from all 8 faculties in UCL. Nick holds a PhD from University College London, where his thesis was on a methodology for the design of high capacity bus systems using artificial intelligence. He was on the winning team for the EC-funded ‘City Design in Latin America 2000: The European City as a Model’ competition, for the design of the transport interchange at Federico Lacroze in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The seminar will take place on the 2nd June 2011 from 5pm-7pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Seminar: 14th April 2011, 17.00-20.00

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Low-Income Countries: Access for all?

Wilkins Haldane Room University College London Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Speakers: Hazel Jones (WEDC), Louisa Gosling (WaterAid)

Chair: TBC

About:

Hazel Jones will give a presentation about WEDC's research into accessible water sanitation and hygiene in low income countries, the problems and solutions.

Louisa Gosling, Equity and inclusion adviser at WaterAid, will give an overview of WaterAid's experience in developing accessible water sanitation and hygiene for persons with disability in the developing world

Seminar: 5th May 2011, 16.00-19.00

Disability and Poverty in Developing Countries: a snapshot from the World Health Survey

Room B, 2nd Floor, Institute of Child Health, UCL, 30 Guilford Street, WC1N 1EH

Speaker: Dr Sophie Mitra (Fordham University)

Chair: TBC

About:

Sophie Mitra, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Fordham University with research interests in applied microeconomics, including in the following fields: development, employment, disability and health, and agricultural commodity markets. Dr Mitra is also the director of the Social Justice and Policy Research Unit of CIPS (Center for International Policy Studies) at Fordham. Dr Mitra earned her doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in France in 2001. Before doing her doctorate, Dr Mitra was a development practitioner and worked for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London. Dr Mitra has been published in many peer-reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, World Development, Applied Economics Letters and the South African Journal of Economics.

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Seminar: 2nd June 2011, 17.00-20.00

Do what you want: Making access accessible

Room G37-38, 1-19 Torrington Place, University College London, WC1E 6BT

Speaker: Professor Nick Tyler (UCL)

Chair: TBC

About:

Nick Tyler is Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering, and set up the Accessibility Research Group within the Centre for Transport Studies, with a team of researchers investigating many aspects of accessibility and public transport. The group has a total research budget of more than £7million for projects including the PAMELA pedestrian environment laboratory, which is being used to develop models for accessible pedestrian infrastructure. Nick is also the Director of the UCL CRUCIBLE Centre, which is a multi-Research Council funded Centre for interdisciplinary research on lifelong health and wellbeing and invlves researchers from all 8 faculties in UCL. Nick holds a PhD from University College London, where his thesis was on a methodology for the design of high capacity bus systems using artificial intelligence. He was on the winning team for the EC-funded ‘City Design in Latin America 2000: The European City as a Model’ competition, for the design of the transport interchange at Federico Lacroze in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Registration is now open here

Seminar:5th July 2011, 17.00-20.00

Building Communities of Trust between the Global South and the Global North Disability and Development Stakeholders

Wilkins Old Refectory, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

Speaker:Dr Tsitsi Chataika (Stellenbosch University)

Chair: TBC

About:

Dr Tsitsi Chataika is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has published in the area of disability and development, inclusive education and community based rehabilitation. Her research interests include disability as it relates to development, PRSPs, mainstreaming/inclusion, and postcolonial theory.

Registration is now open here




All venues will be wheelchair accessible. If you have any other accessibility requirements, please contact Ellie Cole (email: ellie.cole@ucl.ac.uk, tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3146).