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.