I am a Professor at VID Specialized University, Master program in Citizenship and cooperation.
My PhD thesis is in Ethics, Disability and Contemporary Theology from the University of Oslo, and I have been engaging in inter-disciplinary disability research for the last 12 years.
My research interests are Political philosophy, Ethics, Universal Design, Citizenship, Gender and Theology.
I am interested in inclusive research methods, and seek to apply intersectional analysis.
Over the years, I have published articles and books discussing a wide variety of topics in this field: Universal Design, methodology and participation in research, bioethics, citizenship, the UN-CRPD and human rights.
Dr Stephen Macdonald is currently a Professor of Social Work at Durham University. He has previously worked in Criminology and Social Work teams. Stephen is interested in disability theory and has written extensively in the fields of Disability Studies, MAD Studies, and Neurodiversity. Stephen’s research interests include qualitative biographical research and quantitative research methodologies. He has engaged in topics such as Neurodiversity, Deprivation, and Adult Services; Disability Studies, Criminalisation, and Victimisation; Disability, Loneliness, and Isolation; Mental Health and Institutionalisation.
Merja Tarvainen is Senior Lecturer in Social Work, esp. social security and social services, at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Finland. Her research interests are mainly disability and narrative as well as citizenship. She has investigated and taught disability extensively in relation to social policy and social work.
I am sociologist who works on disability and childhood, examining the social position of disabled children and their families, with a particular focus on the influence of a range of institutions and relationships in informing the lives disabled children lead.
Borgunn Ytterhus, reg. nurse and a doctoral degree in sociology. She holds a professorate in health science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. She has published nationally and internationally on children and childhood disabilities, peer-relations, social participation, social inclusion and exclusion and children as next to kin. She has also published on methodological and ethical issues. She was the president of NNDR from 2007 - 2011.