At Royal Holloway, I am fortunate to run a Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) financed cluster on “Disability, well-being and sustainable inclusion”.
What is GCRF?
The Global Challenge Research Fund aims to combine research with international development. It aims to tackle some of the world’s leading sustainable development challenges by fostering equal research partnerships between UK and DAC-country (developing and emerging economies) researchers, NGOs, policy-maker, businesses and other relevant stakeholders. In essence, GCRF is about making a difference on the ground.
What is the cluster about?
To truly foster sustainable societal development, it is necessary to create an inclusive society that allows social, cultural and economic participation for everyone. Such universal participation is however often not available for the one billion people worldwide living with disabilities (World Bank, 2019) due to physical, social, cultural and technological barriers. Moreover, wider issues of well-being can further limit a person’s access to economic and societal participation.
In order to support the development of a more inclusive society for people living with disabilities or others facing marginlization, this cluster aims to foster research that addresses local challenges in a multi-disciplinary way. Topics of interest are but are not limited to:
- Disability and education
- Disability and work / entrepreneurship
- Disability and well-being
- Disability and access
- Disability and culture
- Well-being and societal inclusion
- -well-being and economic participation
Current projects run within the cluster
The cluster supports research from various colleagues within Royal Holloway. Below are the titles of the projects. Read the latest blog posts on the cluster below.
- Chronic Pain in Southern Africa by Professor Tamar Pincus and Dr. Anica Zeyen
- Disability and entrepreneurship in India and Uganda by Dr. Anica Zeyen and Dr. Ankit Gaur (for India)
- Inclusive education in Uganda by Dr. Anica Zeyen
- Inclusive education and auio-description in Cuba by Dr. James Kent and Professor Hannah Thopson
- Period Poverty in India by Dr. Ankit Gaur and Dr. Anica Zeyen
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