Current and recent work
EU Initial Report on implementation of UNCRPD
Conducted in depth interviews with European level disability organisations to inform the European Union's first report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Re-framing equality in the context of austerity
Designed and delivered a seminar for Irish public authorities on behalf of the Irish Equality Authority exploring how equality can be re-framed to achieve greater relevance, prominence and influence in the context of austerity and how the positive impact of equality can be more clearly demonstrated. Participants scored the seminar a consistent 8-10 (out of 10). Get in touch if interested.
Director, Thomas Paine Initiative
Director of new collaborative fund which aims to:
Development of a major research funding application on disability rights
Provided advice and support to the University of Ireland in Galway in putting together a major research funding application concerning disability rights in Europe.
Based on qualitative research conducted across nine EU countries, co-wrote a synthesis report with Professor Anna Lawson from the University of Leeds regarding the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems of living independently and being included in the community. The report will be published by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Spring 2012
Specialist adviser to the Committee, analysing evidence, providing legal and policy advice, drafting findings and recommendations.
Supporting the Commonwealth Secretariat with advocacy and capacity building activities concerning the rights of disabled people to inclusive education and sustainable employment across the Commonwealth.
Presenting and facilitating at a seminar for legal and policy practitioners, organised by the European Law Academy in Trier