My research interests are social entrepreneurship and inclusive organizing. I specialize in disability and inequality. I focus on concepts such as stigma, meaning in life and at work as well as abilities.Disability stigma and discrimination is deeply rooted in global society. As a consequence, 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.
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.
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, Uganda and Zambia. 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 .
If you would like to find out more, please check out my dedicated page for research in the Global South. This page contains some more detailed information plus a list of blog posts I wrote about my research on disability in the Global South.
This project is funded by the British Academy. It aims to understand the lived experience of disabled people at work – paid and unpaid – during the Covid-19 pandemic. We follow 20 participants over an 18-months period and capture their voices. You can find out more about this project on a dedicated separate website.
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.