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Lots of people take for granted being able to participate and active in various situations in everyday life, but it is not as obvious to everyone. At our institute researchers come together, from different angles, developing a relatively new research area - Disability research.

The Swedish institute for disability research (SIDR) is a cooperation between the universities of Linköping, Örebro and Jönköping. 

Our graduate programme is the world-leading research programme in disability. Disability research is an interdisciplinary subject and covers both medical and technical, as well as behavioural and social aspects. 

By making disability research a discipline it is possible to cover the different aspects of disability and let different perspectives meet, contrast and be enriched by each other.

  • The dimension individual – society comprises the individual’s possibilities, problems and perspectives, as well as social aspects.
  • The dimension nature – culture comprises medical and technical issues, as well as behavioural, cultural and social aspects of disability.



Our disability research strategy sets the focus on the complex interplay between bio-psycho-social levels, which in the long term are assumed to provide the greatest explanatory and application values. This further implies that we endorse:

  • Research that gives priority to horizontal and vertical integration and explanation of phenomena.
  • Research that combines several different research methods and approaches.
  • Research that gives priority to a mechanism-driven longitudinal approach.
  • Bio-psycho-social approaches that are highlighted in research training and supervisor education.

Our focus is to increase the knowledge about disability in society and thus contribute to improve the situation of persons with disabilities.

Focus areas
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21.9 million SEK awarded child and adolescent mental health research

The Swedish Research Council has granted 21.9 million SEK to the research program “Mental health and participation in habilitation services for children and youth with disability”. The 5-year program is a collaboration within the Swedish Institute of Disability Research, a collaboration between three universities; Jönköping University, Linköping University and Örebro University.

Principal investigator will be Mats Granlund, PhD, professor of Disability research and Psychology at Jönköping University. Granlund will work in a steering group including researchers from Australia, Canada, Linköping University (Henrik Danielsson), Örebro University (Lars-Ove Lundqvist), Mälardalen University (Lena Almqvist), habilitation services and parents representing families having children with disabilities.

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23 May
Final seminar, Karin Bertills, Jönköping University.

9 - 12 June
CHSCOM2019, 5th International conference on cognitive hearing science for communication in Linköping, www.chscom2019.se

29 August
Final seminar, Lisa Palmqvist, Linköping University.

20 September
Disputation, Elisabeth Ingo, Linköping University.

15 November
Disputation, Tomas Boman, Örebro University.


Open seminars - Cognitive hearing science

22 May
Lecturer 1: Satu Turunen-Taheri, Karolinska institutet, “Severe-to-profound hearing impairment: Demographic data, gender
differences and benefits of audiological rehabilitation”.
Lecturer 2: Malin Wass, Luleå University, “Reading Processes in children with severe to profound hearing loss”.
Time: 13:15.
Venue: I205, Campus Valla, Linköping University.

It is possible to take part in these seminars online. Please contact Shahram Moradi for more information.



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Doctoral theses
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Jerker Rönnberg, jerker.ronnberg@liu.se
Manager and Director of Research
Phone: +46 13 28 21 07 (Linköping University)

Stephen Widén, stephen.widen@oru.se
Director of Graduate Programme
Phone: +46 19 30 00 00 (Örebro University)

Mats Granlund, mats.granlund@ju.se
Head of research area CHILD
Phone: +46 36 10 12 21 (Jönköping University)

Maria Hugo-Lindén, maria.hugo-linden@liu.se
Phone: +46 13 28 20 30 (Linköping University)