Program and Speakers 2021

We have an amazing program set up for you! Below you can find out what we have planned for each of the five days including keynote speakers and Method Innovation Workshop Facilitators. This Spring Institute employs an allyship model of research in which disabled and non-disabled researchers work together. Many of our faculty members are disabled themselves or are carers of disabled family members.

Every day, sessions will run from 1-5pm GMT (UK time). The entire event is free of charge and virtual and will be hosted via Zoom. Please note that we will host an onboarding session at 1pm GMT on 15 February and an off-boarding session at 1pm GMT on 15 March. Both sessions will last 90 minutes and are mandatory.


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Anica Zeyen

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway University of London (UK)

Dr. Anica Zeyen is a registered blind academic who specialises on the intersection between entrepreneurship, organizing and disability research. She leads multiple research projects in the Global South (Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, DRC, Philippines, India) on disability, chronic pain and entrepreneurship. She further leads a British Academy funded project on the impact of COVID19 on disabled people within the UK. More on her work on her blog and web page.

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Oana Branzei

Professor of Strategy, Ivey Business School, Western Univesrity (Canada

Dr. Oana Branzei is a Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at the Ivey Business School, Western University. Her areas of expertise include social innovation, social enterprise, and organizing for self-, society-, and system-transformation in response to grand challenges. She has held editorial positions on the boards of the ‘Academy of Management Review’, ‘Journal of Management’, ‘Journal of International Business Studies’. She is completing her second full term as field editor of the Journal of Business Venturing and co-edited several recent special issues on prosocial, regenerative, place-based and inclusive organizing.

Keynote Speakers

We will start the Spring Institute with insights from Disability Studies.

Monday. 1st March 2021

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Angharad Beckett

Associate Professor of Political Sociology,School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds (UK)

Dr. Angharad Beckett is a Sociologist with a keen interest in the politics of oppression and the resistance practices of the oppressed. Most of her work focuses on disability politics (UK and internationally).More info on her web page

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Dan Goodley

Professor of Disability Studies and Education, School of Education, University of Sheffield (UK)

Dr. Dan Goodley is Professor of Disability Studies and Education and co-director of the research institute iHuman at the University of Sheffield. Recent publications include ‘Disability and Other Human Questions’ (2020: Emerald). More info on his web page

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Nancy Hansen

Associate Professor of Disability Studies, Department of Disability Studies,, University of Manitoba (Canada)

Dr. Nancy Hansen, (PhD University of Glasgow), is an Associate Professor and Director Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests are varied including; disability in the Academy spaces of culture education, literacy , employment. She is co-editor of the Routledge History of Disability and Untold Stories: A Canadian Disability History Reader.  In addition, Nancy has written numerous book chapters and contributed to various international academic journals. More info on her web page

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Gregor Wolbring

Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary (Canada),

Dr. Gregor Wolbring is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine (Community Health Science, Program in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies).  He is presently a member of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe, Germany and a fellow of the Institute for Science, Policy and Society, University of Ottawa, Canada. More on his web page

Methodology Innovation Workshop
Social Innovation

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Jerry White

Professor of Practice, University of Virginia (USA), Ashoka Fellow and Global Fellow , President JWI Strategies

Jerry White is an entrepreneur, author, professor, and humanitarian activist, known for conducting high-impact campaigns – three of which led to major treaties, including the Landmine Ban Treaty and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He shares in the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. More on his web page

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021

The focus of the keynotes of Day 2 of the Spring Institute will be around the links between Development Studies and Disability

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Belen Dofitas

Professor, University of the Philippines (Philippines)

Dr Belen Lardizabal Dofitas is a dermatologist and researcher of the University of the Philippines Manila-College of Medicine and St. Luke’s Medical Center, Metro Manila. She is the President – Board of Trustees of the Philippine Leprosy Mission. 

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Paul Emong

Lecturer in Disability Studies and Human Rights, Faculty of Special Needs, University of Kyambogo (Uganda)

Dr. Emong Paul is a person with physical disability; a lecturer and development practitioner with 22 years’ work experience; 8 of which as a Lecturer Kyambogo Uncivility. He also coordinates the University Disability Support Services. Paul’s speciality is disability studies, human rights and social justice.  He holds a PhD in human rights, a MA in  Human Rights, a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and a Bachelor of Statistics (Hons). More info on his web page

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Sanjukta Choudhury Kaul

Lecturer, BINUS Business School, Bina Nusantara University (Indonesia)

Dr. Sanjukta Choudhury Kaul is a second career academic. She is a lecturer at the International Business Program at Binus Business School in Jakarta (Indonesia). She researches and teaches Business Ethics, Asean Business and Disability specifically in the Asian context. She has a PhD from Monash University Business School in the area of CSR and Disability at Workplace. More on her web page

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Islay Mactaggart

Assistant Professor in Disability & Global Health, International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK)

Dr. Islay Mactaggart is an Assistant Professor in Disability & Global Health at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  Islay focuses on quantitative methods for measuring the prevalence of impairment and disability, and the participation restrictions people with disabilities too frequently experience. Her work focusses on the Global South. more on her web page

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Nidhi Singal

Professor of Disability and inclusive Education, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (UK)

Dr. Nidhi Singal is Professor of Disability and Inclusive Education, University of Cambridge. Her research interests are broadly focused on understanding processes of inclusion and exclusion in different educational settings in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. She is particularly interested in the educational experiences of young persons with disabilities; quality of teaching and learning in classrooms; and the impact of schooling on varied learning outcomes. Her work has a strong methodological dimension exploring issues of inclusivity and ethics of research dissemination.  More on her web page

Methodology Innovation Workshop
Gesture Analysis

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Jean Clarke

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organization, em Lyon Business School (France)

My research examines how language and other cultural resources are used in entrepreneurial and organizational contexts. I see language as just one of the many cultural resources and I also explore how non-verbal resources (gesture, clothing, space,) are used to persuade and manage impression in interactions. In particular I have been most recently working on how entrepreneurs persuade using both language and gesture when pitching for business angel investment. I serve on a number of editorial boards and I am currently a Senior Editor for the journal Organization Studies. My work has been published in top tier peer-reviewed journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organizational Research Methods and Journal of Business Venturing. I am also the current Director of PhD Program at Emlyon. Prior to working at Emlyon I was a Professor at Leeds University Business School in the UK.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

During our keynotes on Day 3, we focus on the links between disability and entrepreneurship.

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Silvia Dorado Banacloche

Associate Professor, College of Business, University of Rhode Island (USA)

Dr. Silvia Dorado is associate professor of management at the University of Rhode Island. She is also a board member of DePaul Industries, a social enterprise devoted to generate employment for individuals with disabilities. She has substantial and diverse international professional experience. She has worked, conducted research, and studied in Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Spain and the United States. More on her web page

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Tamara Stenn

Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Sustainabiltiy, Landmark College (USA)

Dr. Tamara Stenn is an economist, social entrepreneur, author, researcher, Professional Studies faculty and coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program (LEAP) at Landmark College.  This school specializes in students with Learning Differences.  She is the creator of The Sustainability Lens Game, which builds resilience and fun into enterprises. . More on her web page

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Ute Stephan

Professor of Entrepreneurship, King’s College University of London (UK)

Dr. Ute Stephan is Professor of Entrepreneurship at King’s College London and a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology. She is an Editor at Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Consulting Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies. From 2015-2019 she was Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review. Ute’s research explores (1) culture and institutions, (2) social entrepreneurship, and (3) entrepreneurial well-being.. More on her web pate

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Johan Wiklund

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University (USA)

Dr. Johan Wiklund is Professor at Syracuse University. His research interests include neurodiversity and mental well-being in entrepreneurship.  He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with over 100 articles and over 33,000 citations to his research. He is Editor-in-Chief for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, a premier entrepreneurship journal. More on his web page

Methodology Innovation Workshop
Embodiement and the body in Research

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Emily Heaphy

Assistant Professor, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA)

Emily Heaphy (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is an Assistant Professor of Management at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research, which draws largely on qualitative methods, focuses on work relationships and the human body. She is a founder of the Positive Relationships at Work Micro-community.She is a leading voice in incorporating the body into research methodologies. More on her webpage

Thursday, 4th March 2021

Day 4 of our Spring Institute focusses on (dis)ability at work with a particular focus on leadership

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Susanne M. Bruyère

Professor of Disability Studies, Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University (USA)

Dr. Susanne M. Bruyère, CRC, is Professor of Disability Studies and Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University ILR (Industrial and Labor Relations) School, Ithaca, N.Y. (USA).  This Institute is a research, training, and technical assistance center focusing on disability inclusion in employment, education, and community. More on her web page

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Bassam Farah

Assistant Professor, Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

Dr. Dr. Bassam Farah is a visually challenged Lebanese Canadian Assistant Professor at the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut. He has 2 PhDs, one in Strategy & International Business from Ivey Business School in Canada and the other in Psychology from the Lebanese University in Lebanon. His research focuses on (global) leadership, (international) corporate governance, and (dis)abilities; has been published in quality journals such as Leadership Quarterly, Management Research Review, and Journal of Strategy and Management; and has received multiple national and international grants and awards. More on his web page

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Glen Kreiner

Professor, Eccles School of Business, University of Utah (USA)

Dr. Glen Kreiner is a David Eccles Professor of Management at the University of Utah. He has published his research (conceptual, qualitative, and quantitative) in most of the management field’s top journals. His research areas include identity (organizational, professional, and work-related), ethics, mindful leadership, workers with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and work-family issues. More on his web page

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Koen van Laer

Associate Professor, SEIN – Identity, Diversity & Inequality Researh, Faculty of Business and Economics, Universiteit Hasselt (Belgium)

Dr. Koen Van Laer is an associate professor at SEIN – Identity, Diversity & Inequality Research, Hasselt University (Belgium). Particularly focusing on disability and ethnicity, his work explores the way labour market experiences and careers are connected to power inequalities, the way ‘difference’ is constructed and managed in organizations, and the way privilege and conceptions of ‘normality’ are reproduced in the workplace.More on his web page

Methodology Innovation Workshop
Visual and Creative Methods

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Candace Jones

Chair of Global Creative Enterprise, School of Business, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Dr. Candace Jones is the Chair of Global Creative Enterprise  (Univ Edinburgh). She  co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries (2015) and  is currently on two ₤6 million AHRC grants: (1) Creative Informatics: Data Driven Innovation for the Creative Industries (University of Edinburgh) and (2) Policy and Evidence Center for Creative Industries (NESTA).  More on her web page

Friday, 5th March 2021

On the final day, participants will present their work. We will further engage in discussions around ethics and representation.

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