About Us


The International Centre for Evidence in Disability is a research group based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Our mission

“Provide the evidence to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities globally”.


  1. Support cross-faculty research on disability
  2. Contribute learning about disability to the teaching programme at LSHTM
  3. Build awareness and knowledge about disability at LSHTM, including an active seminar series
  4. Raise the international profile of LSHTM as an institution with expertise in health for persons with disabilities, and build international research and training partnerships
  5. Influence global policy and practice on disability

Our vision:

A world-leading centre for disability, working with partners to address the critical issues for health and well-being for persons with disabilities in the 21st century.

Our values:

Inclusive, Partnership, Rights based, Excellence.

Our work:

We focus in three main areas: Research, Teaching and Communication


Our work is closely aligned with the LSHTM strategy. LSHTM aims to undertake research to address public and global health needs, and within this broad framework identifies disabilities as a key priority.

We work closely to develop and undertake disability and global health research with multiple other groups and Centres within LSHTM, including the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive, and Child Health (MARCH), the Environmental Health Group, the Gender Violence and Health Centre and the International Centre for Eye Health.

We are strongly engaged in the disability-inclusive post 2015 agenda, and work strategically with multiple international partners including the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, CBM, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Handicap International, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Plan International, the UK Department for International Development, the United Nations Fund for Children, and the World Health Organisation.

We are committed to working with people with disabilities at every stage in our activities.

As an example, we have a work experience scheme for students with disability. One student recently joined us and said:

“It has been a truly amazing experience, more than I ever imagined it could be. I have been able to make a real contribution, whilst learning many new skills.”

Please contact us if you are interested in this scheme at 

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