The Messy Realities of Inclusive Research

Armstrong, Alan; Collis, Anne and Walmsley, Jan (2022). The Messy Realities of Inclusive Research. In: Liamputtong, Pranee ed. Handbook of Social Inclusion. Springer, pp. 311–328.



This chapter is based on a conversation between three people – Alan, an activist researcher with learning disabilities, Jan, an academic researcher, and Anne, who describes herself as a bridge. The chapter discusses different perspectives on three questions about inclusive research: Why do it, what helps, and what gets in the way. The chapter considers what it means when people bring different maps of the world to the job of research, and why it is important to have a “bridge,” someone with a foot in both academic and learning disability worlds. The chapter concludes that until people with learning (intellectual) disabilities have a place inside the academy, inclusive research will continue to be a struggle.

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