Leonard Cheshire Development Centre

Dr Raymond Lang

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Raymond Lang

Email: r.lang@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 3175

Internal: 53175

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Dr Raymond Lang was appointed as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre in January, 2007. He has been working in the disability and development sector for the past twenty years. His research interests include mainstreaming disability into broader development programmes, monitoring and evaluation of disability programmes, the practicalities of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and policy in practice within the disability and development sector.

Since joining the Centre, Dr Lang in collaboration with colleagues has been developing funding strategies and potential research projects. He has also been involved in international consultancies for UN agencies, bilateral and multi-lateral donors in a number of countries, including Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Uganda (DFID). He is also a member of a number of advisory boards and committees, including the Leonard Cheshire Disability Editorial Advisory Board to develop future academic publications. He has presented papers on disability and development issues at both mainstream international and disability-specific conferences.

In June, 2008, Dr Lang was the principal investigator for a comparative analysis of disability policy and practice in four African countries (Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi). This was financed through the DFID-funded the Southern African Federation of the Disabled disability and development research programme.

Dr Lang, in collaboration with Leonard Cheshire Disability, has made contributions to commenting upon the draft report of the UK government's submission to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He has also made a submission to the UK Parliament's Committee on International Development regarding aid effectiveness.

Dr Lang has also contributed to the submission to the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs regarding "Realising the Millennium Development Goals for Persons with Disability towards 2015 and Beyond". 

In September 2011, Dr Lang undertook a consultancy for UNESCO regarding the use of ICTs in Education for people with disabilities in Africa. This contributed towards the Global Report, which has now been published.

Dr Lang teaches on the Disability module on the MSc Global Health and Development. He also regularly lectures on the MSc on International Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Dr Lang has been appointed to the editorial board of Disability and the Global South journal.

Dr Lang is currently writing a book on the politics of international development and disability, which is funded by the National Institute of Health in the USA. This will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. 

Dr Lang is serving as co-chair of the Bond Disability and Development Group, and is co-chair of the UN Task Group for the International Disability and Development Consortium.


2011 - Principal Investigator to compile a regional report on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education for persons with disabilities in Africa (commissioned by UNESCO).

2009 – Senior Consultant and Head of Mission to undertake a Disability Scoping Study in Uganda. (Commissioned by the Department for International Development, Uganda Office)

2008 - Principal Investigator and Head of Mission, Disability Policy Audit: A Study of Namibia, Swaziland, Malawi and Mozambique, (Research Commissioned by the Southern African Federation of the Disabled, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, under the Auspices of the DFID-funded Research Programme)

2008 – Senior Consultant and Head of Mission to undertake a Disability Scoping Study in Nigeria. (Commissioned by the Equity and Rights Team, Department for International Development, London)

2007 – Senior Consultant and Head of Mission to undertake a Disability Scoping Study in Zimbabwe. (Commissioned by the Department for International Development, Zimbabwe Office)

2003 – United Nations Office of Project services, New York. International Consultant to undertake an external evaluation of the Comprehensive Disabled Afghans’ Programme and to make future recommendations for the future development of disability service provision throughout Afghanistan.

Selected Publications

Lang, R. (2016 forthcoming), Disability and the Politics of International Development. Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Lang, R. (2010), Community-based rehabilitation and professional practice: Developmental opportunities and challenges in the global North and South, Disability & Rehabilitation.

Stein, M, Stein P, Weiss D and Lang, R (2009), Health care and the UN Disability Rights Convention, The Lancet, 374(9704): 1796-1798.

Lang, R. (2009), The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Panacea for Ending Disability Discrimination?, European Journal of Disability Research.3(3): 266-285.

Kett, M, Lang, R. and Trani, JF. (2009),Disability development and the dawning of a new convention: A cause for Optimism?, Journal of International Development , 21(5): 649-661.

Mwendwa, T. Murangira, A. and Lang R. (2009), Mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities in national development frameworks, Journal of International Development , 21(5): 673-672.