Big Society, Disability and Civil Society Research

Website for ESRC research project 'Big Society? Disabled People with Learning Disabilities and Civil Society'

Leave a comment

#LearningDisabilityConference June 2014, The University of Manchester via YouTube

You can watch members of the Big Society research team presenting here. Dan Goodley talks about the links between self advocacy and the academy and Katherine Runswick-Cole talks about the ‘impact agenda’ and what this means for LD research.

Leave a comment

Big Society Partners present at Inclusive Research In Social Care Event, 30th June, 2014, Manchester


Jodie Bradley, Vicky Farnsworth and Annie Ferguson from Speak Up Self-Advocacy ( presented on “Big Society” and their role in research at the Inclusive Research in Social Care Event organized by the North West People in Research Forum (

Jodie, Vicky and Annie are all partners with RIHSC in the research project “Big Society? Disabled people with learning disabilities and civil society?” which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and based at MMU.

Jodie, Vicky and Annie spoke about their experiences of self-advocacy in a time of Big Society and about the impact of the cuts on self-advocacy services and the lives of people with learning disabilities.

Dr Katherine Runswick-Cole, researcher on the project, explained: “Jodie, Vicky and Annie’s presentation was a great example of the potential of inclusive research and collaboration between MMU and the third sector.”

You can see the presentation here: