My research

Disability stigma, prejudice and discrimination is deeply rooted in global society. As a result, disabled people are more likely to live below the poverty line, have lower levels of education, face hate crime and to be generally excluded from society. With my research, I aim to create positive changes for the disability community by understanding how organisations of all types can become more disability-conclusive. 

As a management academic, I focus my research on work which can be part of employment, running a business or volunteering. I use concepts such as meaning(fulness), stigma, and allyship. I further take an embodied view –  a view that takes the body and how it processes situations into account. I am a qualitative researcher. I like to engage in in-depth ethnographic work to gain as much insight into someone’s lived experience as possible. I also strongly believe in allyship within research to ensure that marginalised and overlooked voices are not just heard but represented and presented in an way that my research participants feel they should be

Through my research, I aim to better understand how to improve economic participation and societal inclusion for disabled people. This translates into research across all aspects of live including entrepreneurship for and by disabled people, disability at work (unpaid and paid)  as well as leaisure, travel and tourism. I am a qualitative researcher and use ethnographies, diary studies and visual / artistic methods to gain deeper understandings into the lived experience of disabled people.

You can find links to some of my current projects and initiatives below.

Logo spelling tend. the letters are written in graphite style and each one has a different colour. Underneath the word a red line underlines it and ends in a little heart making it look like a smile

Disability and Work / Entrepreneurship

In this research stream, I look at the experience of disabled people at work or running their own business, social enterprise or nonprofit organisation. I investigate both how disabled people experience work and navigate ableism as well as how organisations aim to become more disability-inclusive. Read more.

Marketplace seen from above. It is very crowded with people having hardly any space to move. The ceiling is curved and bolted.
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Disability and the Marketplace

In this research stream, I investigate how disabled people experience leisure activities such as goingg to museums, travelling or just watching a movie. I also look at how organisations who provide these activities consider (or not) the diversity of the disability community. Read More.

Chronic Pain at Work

Our research focuses on how people perceive pain, how others affect their pain and considers wider social and environmental influences on pain. Read more

Earth from space
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Disability in the Global South

I am currently involved in interdisciplinary projects on disability and wellbeing related topics in the Uk as well as in the DRC, India, South Africa, the Philippines and Uganda. I work in collaboration with local researchers, community organisations and NGOs. Our objective is to identify the challenges and barriers that disabled people face and to identify interventions (solutions) that might help alleviate these challenges .

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Spring Institute Logo. The word spring is in bigger letters which also represent different disabilities. The S is a wheelchair user, the p and eye and a one-legged person, the g is an ear and the dot on the i is a sunflower representing invisible distillates. The logo is green and gets darker from top to bottom

Spring Institute

The Spring Institute ran for the first time in March 2021 and was founded by Professor Oana Branzei and myself. This one-week initiative aims at building an academic community interested in disability-related topics within the management and entrepreneurship research field. We aim to support PhD students and early-career researchers in building new methodological skills as well as connect with each other. Find out more on our website.

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