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Disability rights and robotics: Co-producing futures

Curran, Tillie; Savage, Sophie; Gibson, Andy; Clarke, Jackie; Morgan, Sheena; Edwards, Karon; Eldon, Kate; McCalla, Patricia; Caleb-Solly, Praminda; Alford, Chris; Meilton, Mary; Tutssel, Kate; Olding, Nathan; Thorman, Elani; Chappell, Francs; Hanley, Corrie; Jones, Leon; Couch, Carris; Lenehan, Jamie; Kuka, Angela; Halliwell, Rebecca; Sferrazzo Bernetti, Guilia; Vasudev, Akash; Kumar Kavvi, Pavan; Comandur, Kaushik

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Tillie Curran
Associate Lecturer - HAS HSS - USLW0001

Sophie Savage

Andy Gibson
Associate Professor in Patient and Public Involve

Jackie Clarke

Sheena Morgan

Karon Edwards

Kate Eldon

Patricia McCalla

Praminda Caleb-Solly

Mary Meilton

Kate Tutssel

Nathan Olding

Elani Thorman

Francs Chappell

Corrie Hanley

Leon Jones

Carris Couch

Jamie Lenehan

Angela Kuka

Rebecca Halliwell

Guilia Sferrazzo Bernetti

Akash Vasudev

Pavan Kumar Kavvi

Kaushik Comandur


This project brought together a team of 25 co-researchers from the University of the West of England, Fairfield Farm College and Wiltshire Centre of Independent Living. The co-researchers are a diverse group including disabled people, carers, students, and academics from social work, psychology and sociology to robotics. Our research team demonstrates a wealth of experiences as some members had both lived experience of disability, in addition to being involved in teaching, learning and research.

The research question for the project was:

How can robotic technologies support disability rights?

Rights are about everyday opportunities to live life to the full, human rights that everyone is entitled to (The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) 2009 (, 2019). In this time of rapid social change to our social and work lives, relationships and leisure, there are new technologies that might support disability rights like ‘driverless cars’, smart phones, social media and new robotic technologies.

The project had two aims:
• to identify priority research questions into disability rights and robotics
• to develop the co-production process for future research


Curran, T., Savage, S., Gibson, A., Clarke, J., Morgan, S., Edwards, K., …Comandur, K. (2020). Disability rights and robotics: Co-producing futures. University of the West of England

Report Type Research Report
Publication Date Jan 1, 2020
Deposit Date Jul 27, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 12, 2020
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