Leonard Cheshire Development Centre

Research Projects

This is a list of research projects currently undertaken by the Centre. These projects fall within the research themes of Poverty and Livelihoods, Education, Health and Rehabilitation, and Persons with Disabilities and Humanitarian Crises and Health.

Previous research by the centre can be found here [link]

National Library of Medicine
In September 2012, Dr Raymond Lang was awarded a very prestigious National Library of Medicine Grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health. He will receive funding to write a book on “Global Institutions and the Politics of International Disability”

UNICEF Partnership

Since December 2011, the Centre has been working in close partnership with UNICEF on a number of interconnected research projects concerning the issues surrounding children with disabilities.

The partnership has generated a series of background papers, prepared for UNICEF Headquarters New York

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Guidance Note on Working With People with Disabilities
  • Fact Sheet on Children with Disabilities
  • Immunization and Disability
  • Disability and Nutrition
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Anglo-American Group Foundation

Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Access to Livelihoods multi-sector programme has received funding from the Anglo American Group Foundation to support disabled people in Zimbabwe to access a sustainable livelihood of their choice. This support includes professional and vocational training, business development support and access to micro-finance schemes, which will enable persons with disabilities to earn their livelihoods through secure paid or self-employment.

The Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre will introduce a research component into this programme and undertake crucial research which will help inform, deliver and evaluate the programme over the three years of delivery. This research will identify the motivations and aspirations of persons with disabilities, attitudes of employers, and monitor the progress of programme at all stages.

UCL/Harvard Law School International Research Project
A new collaborative research project is underway between the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre and the Harvard Law School examining the themes of Poverty, Disability and the Law.