Disability Research Network

Our Mission

The Disability Research Network is a new multi-disciplinary initiative aimed at enhancing collaboration between academics, policymakers, practitioners and community and voluntary sector organisations with an interest in disability studies and research.

It provides a unique opportunity for members to share knowledge and disseminate the growing body of disability research being carried out in Northern Ireland, stimulate debate about disability issues and develop collaborative partnerships for future disability research and further development of disability policy and practice.

Transitions and outcomes for care leavers with mental health and intellectual disabilities. Funded by: DHSSPSNI: R&D Office. Completed 2015. (Contact: B. Kelly/G. Davidson).

Meeting the needs of disabled children and young people in public care in Northern Ireland. Funded by: Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. Completed 2015. (Contact: B. Kelly).

Transitions for young people with hearing loss. Funded by: Action on Hearing Loss. Completed 2014. (Contact: B. Byrne/S. McAlister).

Shortfalls in public policy and programme delivery in Northern Ireland relative to the Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Funded by: Equality Commission Northern Ireland. Due for completion by April 2014. (Contact: B.Byrne/C. Harper).

Improving pathways and care for young people in NI with mental health problems in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Funded by: Health and and Social Care Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency. (Contact: G.Davidson)

Review of legislation and policy guidance for Adult Social Care in NI. Funded by: Commissoner for Older People in NI (Contact: J.Duffy/G.Davidson)

Transitions to Adult Services for Young People with Learning Disabilities in Northern Ireland (with Laura Lundy, School of Education), funded by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. Completed August 2012. (Contact: B. Byrne).

Monitoring Implementation (public policy and programmes) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Northern Ireland (with Disability Action), funded by Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Completed January 2012. (Contact: B. Byrne).

What a Difference a Decade Makes: exploring disability and identity in young adulthood. Funded by: British Academy. Complete: September 2013. (Contact: B. Kelly).

Development of State of Evidence Papers on Disability Policy & Practice. Funded by: National Disability Authority. Completed: 2012. (Contact: G. Davidson).

The impact of early childhood experiences on adolescent suicide and accidental death. Funded by: Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. Completed: 2012. (Contact: G.Davidson)

Improving the mental health of Northern Ireland's children and young people: identifying the priorities for research. Funded by:Health and Social Care Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency. 2011. (Contact: G. Davidson)