CaNDER is a research network committed to generating rigorous scholarship in the field of disability and education. It has its genesis in the shared interests and common goals of academics at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. The membership has now grown to include scholars and practitioners internationally.
Our work focuses on disability within diverse educational spaces, while adopting a lifelong learning approach. We critically examine notions of inclusive education, by problematising simplistic binaries of: disabled/non-disabled; special/mainstream; mind/body; collective/individual; secular/spiritual; participant/researcher and Global South/North. Our research acknowledges intersectionalities of colonialism, gender, location, poverty, race, religion and sexuality which impact the learning lives of people with disabilities in numerous ways.
We endeavour to disseminate our research through accessible and open sources including blogs, policy papers and presentations, and publish in peer reviewed academic journals. Members include practitioners who use research findings to inform local and national practices. We also work with international non-governmental organisations and policy makers to influence international discourse on disability and education.
In this research network, members collaborate to share expertise and experiences to benefit the quality of research and members’ own individual journeys.