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Research Themes

Ability 2 Access is interested in undertaking, supporting and promoting research within the following themes:

  • Independent living: covering all aspects of design, management, technology, funding and support that enable people to live independently in homes of their choice, with particular regard to the needs of an aging population.
  • Accessibility performance indicators: developing accessibility performance criteria that are meaningful to people with disabilities as users of built facilities and that can inform designers and managers.
  • Inclusion and spatial equity: defining best practice and promoting consistency in the regional implementation of UK public policies affecting disabled people, covering issues arising from Planning design guides, benefits policies, employment opportunities, access to education and health services.
  • Sporting opportunities: examining the opportunities for people with disabilities, in particular children, to access sports facilities as participants and spectators on a par with able bodied people.
  • Using technology: finding innovative ways to use technology to improve inclusion, in the socio-economic and built environments.
  • Access, education and employment: exploring opportunities for the education and employment of built environment access specialists, their role in new design and the management of existing facilities, and in particular the scope for people with disabilities to gain qualifications and employment in built environment job roles. 

Work opportunities
Ability 2 Access is interested in hearing from:

  • Students on undergraduate and post graduate courses undertaking research projects and dissertations that fit the Ability2Ability 2 Access research themes.
  • Ability 2 Access as ‘client’ can offer guidance, support and opportunities for dissemination of research findings.
  • People with relevant background and experience to work as paid researchers on research projects.
  • Graduate job seekers with research skills looking for flexible and / or ‘volunteer’ work experience that contributes to their CV and covers subsistence.
  • Academics and professionals, early retired / self-employed, interested in volunteer roles to guide and manage projects within the Ability 2 Access research themes.

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To find out about current opportunities, please send a short two  page CV and say what role you would be interested in.