Keynote Speakers

Katherine Runswick-Cole is Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield, UK. Katherine locates her work in the field of critical disability studies.  Over the last ten years, her research has focused on working with disabled children, young people and their families.

See keynote abstract Family trouble: Constructions of ‘the family’ in times of neoliberal-ableism here

Roger Slee is a Vice-Chancellor’s 100 Professors Appointment at the University of South Australia.  He was formerly Inaugural Director of The Victoria Institute, Chair of Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education University of London, Dean at McGill, The University of Western Australia and Goldsmiths College University of London. Roger has been the Deputy Director General of the Education Ministry in Queensland and is the Founding Editor of The International Journal of Inclusive Education.  He is the author of numerous journal papers and books including The Irregular School (Routledge).  Roger was also the Chair of the Board of Directors of Children with Disabilities Australia.

See keynote abstract The Progress of Exclusion through Inclusive Societies here

Nanna Mik-Meyer, Professor Copenhagen Business School. Mik-Meyer’s research includes studies of encounters between citizens and professionals in welfare organizations as well as encounters between employees and employers in work organizations. She has a particular focus on processes of otherness (e.g. disabilities), power and gender in these encounters. Mik-Meyer is the author of the book The Power of Citizens and Professionals: bureaucracy, market and psychology, Manchester University Press from 2017. Other recent work has appeared in journals such as Human Relations, Work, Employment & Society, Gender, Work & Organization and Sociology of Health and Illness.

See keynote abstract Cultural disability – inclusion and exclusion in the workplace here

Louise Bøttcher, Associate professor of neuropsychology. Her research has focused on development in children and youth with disabilities, especially the interplay between neurobiological, social and cultural conditions.  Her current research focuses on communicational technologies and development of independence in young people with multiple impairments and no verbal language. A key publication is Bøttcher & Dammeyer (2016). Development and learning of young children with disabilities. A Vygotskian perspective. Springer: New York.

See keynote abstract Outline of a cultural-historical model of disability: Drawing out the time-bound dimension of inclusion here

Jesper Vaczy Kragh, associate professor, historian, Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen. Kragh’s main research interest are the history of the Danish welfare state in relation to psychiatry, disability and the internment of marginalized groups. Among his several research projects are been: the history of psychosurgery in Denmark and the history of somatic treatments in psychiatry. Recently he has been co-authoring the Danish book: På kanten af velfærdsstaten – Anbragte og indlagte i dansk socialforsorg 1933-1980 [On the edge of the welfare state – interned and admitted in the Danish social welfare 1933-1980] (Kragh, Rasmussen & Jensen, 2015).

See keynote abstract Patterns of inclusions and exclusion: History, disability and the welfare state here

Kjeld Høgsbro, Professor of Social Work at Aalborg University. He has published books on disabilities, mental illness, social work and community development in Denmark. His research comprises evaluations of national programmes for people with mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, brain injury and pervasive developmental disorders. He has developed models for coherent services offered to young people with physical disabilities, models for community psychiatry in Denmark and models for studying rehabilitation schemes. He is a board member of the Research Committees on Sociology of Mental Health and the thematic group on Institutional Ethnography of The International Sociological Association.

See keynote abstract Mental illness and disorders seen from a disability perspective here