Keynote Speakers


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David Abbott

Title: Disability, Pride and Prejudice and Wisdom

David Abbott is a Professor of Social Policy at the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol. He has worked there for 20 years on a range of studies with disabled children, young people, adults, their families and allies. These studies have included work about residential schools, transition to adulthood, social care, and the intersections of disability and gender/sexuality. You can learn more about David’s work at and follow him on Twitter at @davidabbottbris


Photo of Pratima GurungPratima Gurung

Title: Intersections of Gender, Disability, Ethnicity, other identities and its impacts on daily lives.

Pratima Gurung is a leading academic activist from Nepal. She teaches in one of the single women colleges, Padmakanya College in Nepal. Her research interests includes gender, disability, indigenous and inclusion. She is currently a PhD scholar researching disability and gender. She has worked with people with disabilities for 15 years especially with marginalized and underrepresented groups. She has published number of articles on these issues nationally and internationally. She brings the voiceless voices from the ground through her research and does her activism through organizations like National Indigenous Disabled Women Association Nepal (NIDWAN), Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network (IPWDGN), International Disability Alliance (IDA), and Disability Advocacy Rights Funds (DRAF) both at local and global arena. You can learn about her work at and and follow her Facebook page.

Photo of Kirsty LiddiardKirsty Liddiard

Title: Rethinking Intimacies in Contexts of Disability

Kirsty Liddiard is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education and a co-leader of the Institute for the Study of the Human (iHuman) at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this post, she became the inaugural Ethel Louise Armstrong Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. A disabled feminist and public sociologist, Kirsty’s research explores dis/ableism in the everyday lives of disabled people. She is the author of The Intimate Lives of Disabled People (Routledge, 2018) and co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies (with Curran and Runswick-Cole, Palgrave, 2018). You can learn more about Kirsty’s research and activism at and follow her on Twitter at @kirstyliddiard1


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