I am based the Centre for Disabilities at the University of Iceland. My work focuses on the
advancement of the right to Independent living as outlined in Article 19 of the UNCRPD.
I am interested in research that promotes the empowerment, rights and self-determination of
disabled people. My other interests include advocacy, human rights, inclusive research and
accessibility. I have a Masters in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin and
have a strong interest in qualitative methods. My undergraduate degree is in social policy and
politics from University College Dublin (UCD).
Before coming to Iceland I worked as a research assistant at the National Institute for
Intellectual Disability (NIID), Trinity College Dublin. The NIID promotes the inclusion and
rights of people with intellectual disabilities through research, advocacy and education.
I worked on a diverse range of reports at the NIID including;
an archive documenting the life stories of older people with intellectual
disabilities in the Republic of Ireland
a report on transition from secondary school for students with intellectual
an evaluation of respite services for the Health Service Executive (HSE)
a survey of university graduates with intellectual disabilities
the experiences of third level institutes implementing a course for people with
an exploration of the landscape of educational opportunities for people with
intellectual disabilities in Ireland and internationally
an inclusive research project exploring the nature and extent of bullying of people
with intellectual disabilities in the Republic of Ireland
A guidebook for employers of people with intellectual disabilities based on the
work experiences of university students with intellectual disabilities.