Our research

We also know we need research and evidence about what works so that laws and policies have the needs and rights of disabled people at their core.

We work with a number of organisations in the UK and around the world such as Com Res and academic institutions such as UCL to find out more about the barriers disabled people face to fulfilling their rights, and to use insight and evidence to innovate ways to overcome these barriers.

We also work with Disabled People’s Organisations to ensure that disabled people’s voices and experiences are at the centre of  our research.

Currently we're conducting research into education, employment and independent living, focusing on barriers to employment and how reforms of the UK benefit system have affected disabled people. 

We will also conduct research alongside how programmes so we can learn how our work is delivering change.

Meet our research team

Dr. Mark Carew

Dr. Mark Carew

Senior Researcher — Disability Data and Inclusive Policies

Dr Mark T. Carew has eight years of experience in disability research positions, including in both academia and NGO-based posts.

He is a social psychologist by training and possesses expertise in quantitative and qualitative research design, management, data analysis and dissemination.He has co-authored one book and several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reports.

Mark is a disabled person and speaks regularly at national and international events on disability inclusion.

Marcella Deluca

Marcella Deluca

Senior Researcher — Inclusive Education

Marcella is an Inclusive Education specialist. Her role involves research and project management in the field of Equity and Access to education and training, as well as in the fields of disability, international development and poverty reduction.

Marcella has worked extensively on evaluation of projects and programmes that provide services to persons with disabilities, particularly children.