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Professor David W F AbbottLL.B.(Brun.), M.Phil.(Liv.J.Moores), M.Soc.Sc.(Dub.)

Professor of Social Policy

David Abbott

Professor David W F AbbottLL.B.(Brun.), M.Phil.(Liv.J.Moores), M.Soc.Sc.(Dub.)

Professor of Social Policy

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Research interests

Current research

LGBT Disabled Men & Women and Self Directed Social Care Support’, NIHR School for Social Care Research, with REGARD, Stonewall & SCIE.

Building the Evidence Base for End of Life Decision Making for Men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Muscular Dystrophy UK.


Recent projects

‘Men Living with Long-term Conditions: Exploring Gender and Improving Social Care’, National Institute for Health Research, School for Social Care Research with Marcus Jepson, Jon Hastie & the Duchenne Family Support Group:

‘Climate Change & Disabled People’, with Sue Porter. 

‘End of Life Planning and Young Men with DMD: A Feasibility Study’, (with University of Bristol Hospital Trust).

Becoming an adult: transition for young men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy’. This research was based at the School for Policy Studies and was a collaboration with the Duchenne Family Support Group, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and the Centre for Life at Newcastle University.

'Evaluation of disabled children's access to childcare' (DCATCH) pilot. In partnership with the National Centre for Social Research and the University of Warwick. Funded by the Department for Education.

'Developing methods and frameworks for understanding gender, disability and transition to adult life'. In partnership with Bloorview Research Institute (University of Toronto) and University of Loughborough. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

'Researching the lives of disabled children and young people, with a focus on their perspectives' - ESRC research seminar series

‘Secret Loves, Hidden Lives: Issues for gay, lesbian and bisexual people with learning difficulties’. This study, carried out with Joyce Howarth and in partnership with the Terrence Higgins Trust and REGARD was funded by the Lottery. Further information is avialble at the on-line documents section of the website.

‘Risk: the role of difference’ was carried out in collaboration with the Centre for Housing Policy (University of York) and was an ESRC study funded. The work looked at how different social groups (including disabled people) think about risks to their financial security (for further details see:

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • PolicyBristolChildrenAndFamilies
  • PolicyBristolHealthAndWellbeing
  • PolicyBristolSocialChangeAndDiversity

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Postal address:
Social Science Complex
8 Priory Road
United Kingdom

Selected research outputs

  1. Published
  2. Published

    Who Says What, Where, Why and How? Doing real world research with disabled children and young people

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  3. Published

    Becoming Men: Gender, Disability, and Transitioning to Adulthood

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Published

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