Inclusive Disability Research

Peer-reviewed article
(2019 Jan) Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences 1935-1952


Jennifer Smith-Merry


Increasingly academic researchers are becoming involved in inclusive research, in which people with a lived experience of the field of research under study are included as part of the research team. This chapter provides an overview of inclusive research with people with disability. Discussions focus on the dimensions of current inclusive research, including the ethical basis for engagement with co-researchers, and potential barriers and facilitators to successful research. The impact of co-research on both the co-researchers with a disability and academic researchers involved is discussed. Examples of existing projects are provided to give a sense of the field and its limitations and its possibilities.