UCL Grand Challenges


First UCL Interdisciplinary Conference on Disability

Disability between academic and research practices: breaking barriers towards a just and equal world.

UCL cloisters lit up in colour purple

2 October 2017


Grant: Grand Challenges Doctoral Students' Small Grants
Year awarded: 2017-18
Amount awarded: £1,887


  • Francesca Peruzzo, Department of Education, Practice and Society 
  • Raffaella Cecilia, Institute of Archaeology, Social & Historical Sciences

The First UCL Interdisciplinary Conference on Disability, held on 9 May 2018, aimed to bring together the most cutting-edge research on disability across UCL departments and research centres, framing its evolving nature within the present situation and supplying a wide spectrum of academic perspectives with the purpose of favouring the effective, just and equal participation of disabled people in society.

For this reason, the Conference set out to overcome the approach to disability as a problem to be solved, but as a way of innovating and promoting change in society, benefiting the UCL community of disability researchers, disabled and non-disabled people by developing a more all-encompassing approach aimed at investigating disability as a multi-faceted phenomenon.

The conference's keynote address was delivered by Dr Catherine Holloway (UCL Interaction Centre - Global Disability Innovation Hub). Recordings of the conference are available below.