The Centre for disability studies is a research institute located within the Social Science Research Institute in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Iceland.
About the Centre
The aim of the Centre is to increase and strengthen research in the field of disability with an emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship, including social, cultural and human rights approaches. By bringing together teaching, research, policy and practice the Centre plays an important role in innovation and knowledge in the field of disability.
The Centre for Disability Studies was established on March 3, 2006. The Centre is an interdisciplinary site created for research in the area of disability studies in Iceland. It operates under the auspices of the Social Science Research Institute in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Iceland.
The Centre has a wide ranging national and international collaboration with scholars, universities and research centres in a number of countries, and works with advocacy groups, disabled people’s organizations, policy makers, agencies and professionals in the field of disability.
Rannveig Traustadóttir, Professor of Disability Studies. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir, Professor of Disability Studies. E-mail: email@example.com
Dr. Snæfríður Þóra Egilson. Professor in Disability Studies , firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Stefan C. Hardonk. Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Disability Studies, email@example.com
Dr. James G. Rise. Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Anthropology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweden summer school 2017The Centre for Disability Studies has wide ranging international collaboration with scholars, research institutions and universities in the Nordic countries as well as in a number of other European countries, Canada, the United States and Australia. Collaboration with advocacy groups, disabled people’s organizations, policy makers, service providers, local and national governments is also an important aspect of the Centre’s work.
International research collaborators include Stockholm University (Sweden), NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), Centre for Disability Studies at Leeds University (UK), University of Sheffield (UK), Centre for Disability Law and Policy (National University of Ireland, Galway), Norah Fry Research Centre (University of Bristol, UK), University of Swansea (Wales, UK), University of Toronto (Canada), Western University (Canada), University of Alberta (Canada), Centre on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies (Syracuse University, USA), Montclair State University (USA), Deakin University (Geelong, Australia), and Centre for Disability Research and Policy, Sydney University (Australia).
Important aspect of the Centre’s activities is collaboration with advocacy groups, disabled people’s organizations, policy makers, service providers, local and national governments.
The Centre has also collaborated, through various projects, with EDF, the European Disability Forum http://www.edf-feph.org/ and EASPD, European Association of Service Providers for Persons with disabilities http://www.easpd.eu/.
Nordic level collaboration on policy making
Over many years the Centre has collaborated with the Nordic Welfare Centre http://www.npa.is/ This work has, in particular, focused on disability issues https://nordicwelfare.org/en/disability-issues/. The Nordic Welfare Centre is an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers https://www.norden.org/en and disseminates knowledge on welfare issues to all the Nordic countries in order to strengthen tools for policy-making and well-being all citizens.
Important aspect of the Centre’s activities is collaboration with national advocacy and activist groups, disabled people’s organizations, policy makers, service providers, local and national governments.
Disabled People’s organisations
The collaboration with disabled people‘s organisations and activist groups in Iceland are at the core of the Centre’s activities. Since its foundation the Centre has worked closely in advocating disability human rights with a wide range of disabled people‘s organisations in Iceland including The Organisation of Disabled People in Iceland https://www.obi.is/is/english, The National Association of Intellectual Disabilities https://www.throskahjalp.is/is/samtokin/english, TABÚ, Feminist Disability Activist Group http://tabu.is/category/english/, Átak, Félag fólks með þroskahömlun (The Icelandic Self-Advocacy Group) http://www.lesa.is/ and NPA Miðstöðin (The Centre for Independent Living) http://www.npa.is/. Members of the Centre also work with informal groups of disabled people such as a long-term collaborative work with a group of parents with intellectual disabilities.
The Centre has worked both independently and in collaboration with DPOs on advising Ministries and Alþingi (the Icelandic Parliament) on disability law and policy.
NNDR, Nordic Network on Disability Research
The Centre for Disability Studies is informed and strengthened by its collaboration with NNDR, The Nordic Network on Disability Research, an interdisciplinary newtork of scholars in the field of disability.
NNDR is a multidisciplinary network of disability researchers interested in cultural, societal and environmental dimensions of disability and marginalization. The purpose of NNDR is to advance research and development in the field of disability. NNDR provides a forum for researchers, particularly from the Nordic countries, to meet, present and discuss their research, as well as encouraging Nordic and international exchange and collaboration.
NNDR was established in Fredrikshavn, Denmark in 1997 and has grown into a large network of disability researchers, reflecting the growing interest in and importance of disability research in the Nordic countries.
The main meeting place for the network is the biannual NNDR conferences.