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Research environment

Swedish Institute for Disability Research

Environment information


Stephen Widen

Research domains

  • Humanities-Social sciences
  • Medicine

Areas of research

  • Disability
  • Impairment

Researchers from different parts of the scientific world with an interest in disability, researchers and doctoral students of the Swedish Institute for Disability Research (SIDR) together make up this research environment. SIDR was established in 2000 as a joint initiative by Linköping University and Örebro University and in 2012 the University of Jönköping joined the collaboration. With its extensive disability research and broad interdisciplinary approach, SIDR offers one of the top doctoral programmes in disability science in Europe. SIDR is committed to facilitating research that will fully make use of the potential brought to the analysis of complex phenomena through an interdisciplinary approach. Questions of impairment and disability cannot be fully analyzed within separate disciplines or fields of knowledge but should be researched in an environment which is interdisciplinary in nature. The aim of the research environment is to shed light on the different dimensions of impairment and disability, allowing different perspectives to intersect and enrich each other.

SIDR examines impairment and disability in a bio-psycho-social perspective. Researchers study the interaction between lasting physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment and various impediments and possibilities which can counteract or facilitate an individual's full participation in society on similar conditions as others.

Swedish Institute for Disability Research (SIDR)

HEAD Graduate School


Research projects