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Prof Alan Roulstone
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Professor Alan Roulstone presented a public lecture on Wednesday 11th December 2013 entitled ‘From Education to Paid Work? Barriers and Facilitators of Employment Opportunities for Disabled Young People.’ In this pubic lecture Prof Roulstone explored the importance of paid work for many disabled people, the significance of fractured transitions and those factors that aid or limit disabled young people across Europe in finding an open door to the contemporary workplace. He argued that workplace barriers, educational policy and practice, training infrastructure, social capital, impairment effects and broader active youth policies each have to be factored into an analysis of how we can better aid successful transitions. He also argued that societies need to expand their understanding of valued contributions if valued lives are to be afforded to more disabled young people. Click here to download his presentation.

Professor Alan Roulstone is currently Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Leeds and previously held senior posts at the Glasgow, Northumbria, Leicester (De Montfort) and Sunderland universities. Prof Roulstone has been involved in numerous research projects around adult independent living, disability benefits, disability policy, social exclusion, transitions to work and adulthood, disablist hate crimes, new technologies and social futures, older people, and disability law. Funders include Leverhulme Trust, SCIE, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Department of Health, Disability Rights Commission (now EHRC), European Commission, Economic and Social Research Council, Regional Development Agencies, and UNESCO.

Prof Roulstone has produced over 60 publications in the fields of social inclusion, disability law, disability benefits, disability and technology, equality and employment policy. Prof Roulstone is perhaps best known for his research and writings on disabled people in the workplace. He has published 10 books and 2014 sees the publication of Spaces and Places of Policy Exclusion (Routledge with Karen Soldatic and Hannah Morgan) and Disability and Technology-An International and Inter-Disciplinary Approach (Palgrave with Nick Watson and Jenifer Harris). Prof Roulstone has close links to the international Disabled People's Movement, identifies as a disabled person and has a career-long commitment to influencing social policies to better support disabled people to live in the mainstream of society.
Last Updated: 26 September 2014

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