Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Navigating identity and care in disability and mental health in Southern Africa

22 April 2022, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

Professor Leslie Swartz

Please join us for Professor Leslie Swartz Seminar titled 'Getting about - Navigating identity and care in disability and mental health in Southern Africa'.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni




Bridget Chivers – International Disability Research Centre


1-19 Torrington Place

A key feature of the experience of disability, including psychosocial disability or mental disorder, may be being confined or constrained. Professor Swartz is interested in which experiences of confinement or mobility configure in people’s lives, and their experiences of care.  These experiences of restriction or movement may be interrelated with social, economic, and political conditions, all of which vary greatly across contexts and may affect care arrangements and affordances.  These issues apply to relationships in the physical world but also come into play when we consider issues of digital access and justice.  Professor Swartz's talk will discuss three projects touching on these issues:

  1. Ageing, migration and ICTs in sub-Saharan Africa
  2. Access to specialised intellectual disability services in Cape Town
  3. The impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities in South Africa

I use my discussions with colleagues in these projects to raise broader questions about access and space in the experience of disability and care in low-income contexts.

About the Speaker

Professor Leslie Swartz

Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University

Professor Leslie Swartz is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Leslie publishes widely on disability and mental health issues. He is an associate editor of Transcultural Psychiatry, was founding editor-in-chief of African Journal of Disability, and is editor-in-chief of South African Journal of Science.