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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.

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20 September
Disputation, Elisabeth Ingo, Linköping University.
Title: Climbing up the hearing rehabilitation ladder.
Time: 13:00
Venue: Key1, Keyhuset, Campus Valla, Linköping University.
Opponent: Professor Margaret Wallhagen, University of California, San Francisco, USA.


15 October
Final seminar, Michaela Socher, Linköping University.
Title: Reasons for language: Assessing the association between higher-order language skills and reasoning ability in children with cochlear implants and children without a hearing loss.
Time: 10:00
Venue: I207, Campus Valla, Linköping University.


15 November
Disputation, Tomas Boman, Örebro University.


Open seminars - Cognitive hearing science

It is possible to take part in these seminars online. Please contact Erik Marsja 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)