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. Ola Abu Alghaib
Director Global Influencing and Research
Ola is a disabled person and has almost two decades of experience in the field of disability, development, and inclusive social policies in lower and middle income countries.
Her responsibilities have encompassed policy analysis, program design, management and evaluation, formulation of advocacy strategies, capacity development, extensive use of qualitative methods, and research with the World Bank, UN agencies (WHO, ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF), NGOs (including disability organisations) and INGOs.
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.
Dr. Raymond Lang
Research Fellow — Qualitative
Dr. Lang has been working in the disability and development sector for the past twenty years.
His research interests include mainstreaming disability into broader development programmes, monitoring and evaluation of disability programmes, the practicalities of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and policy in practice within the disability and development sector.
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.