School of Social and Political Science

Disability Research Edinburgh


Disability Research Edinburgh is an interdisciplinary research group based in the University of Edinburgh.


It was established in March 2014 and provides a forum for researchers whose work engages with disability across and beyond the University of Edinburgh.

Current members include researchers from across the University of Edinburgh, as well as other UK higher education institutions, individuals and relevant stakeholders from non-academic organisations, and researchers working in Australia, South Africa, Tanzania and the United Arab Emirates. Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds, including music, education, applied psychology, clinical psychology, social science, architecture, choreography, counselling and psychotherapy, design, informatics, nursing, social work and philosophy.

Disability Research Edinburgh has held a series of successful research seminars presented by  members and guest speakers, which attracted audiences from the Social Dimensions of Health Institute, Queen Margaret University, University of Northumbria, Glasgow Caledonian University, Kingston University, the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development, and local disability organisations. The seminars supported the development of Disability Research Edinburgh, as an established and permanent feature within the University and the disability research community, while supporting knowledge exchange and assisting to build new collaborations. 

Disability Research Edinburgh has developed links within the Edinburgh College of Art, with Creative Interdisciplinary Research in Collaborative Environments (CIRCLE), the recently established Scottish Music and Health Network (SMHN), OPENspace and the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD). Links beyond the University include the Social Dimensions of Health Institute at the universities of Dundee and St Andrews.

Disability Research Edinburgh is grateful to the University of Edinburgh Institute for Academic Development Academic Networking Fund for funding assistance in developing the network.

Aims and values

Disability Research Edinburgh aspires to support researchers at all stages of their careers to share their research and build their personal research networks across disciplines and institutions. It is a platform for communication, helping researchers and stakeholders to form future collaborations, develop funding applications, and hold knowledge exchange and public engagement activities.

The members of Disability Research Edinburgh are committed to raising the profile of inter-disciplinary disability research within the University, contributing and collaborating towards the development of a growing disability research community beyond Edinburgh.

Contact us

If your research includes a disability-related element, then Disability Research Edinburgh can provide access to the latest research ideas and methodologies in addition to perspectives from within the disability community itself. Remote participation is possible and encouraged.

If you would like to get involved and subscribe to our mailing list please contact us at and follow us on Twitter.