Research and projects
As a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow in the EU Horizon 2020 programme, I am affiliated with the Social Research with Deaf People (SORD) group at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.
For my current project (2015-2017), I am working on the enhancement of deaf well being through life story work with British deaf people and deaf immigrants in the UK (also see http://www.nursing.manchester.ac.uk/research/projectdetails/?ID=3635)
My previous postdoctoral research at the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and Ghent University, Belgium, concentrated on the sustainable development of the Flemish and Ugandan sign language communities (2012-2015), and on emancipation processes in the Flemish and Cameroonian deaf communities (2009-2012) (also see http://www.signlanguageprojects.com).
In studying the cultural, linguistic, and learning practices of deaf people and sign language communities, I draw from a variety of scientific disciplines, including the social sciences, anthropology, deaf studies, deaf education, development studies, and mental health.
In my research I have come to view the discipline of deaf studies as an emancipatory endeavor with deaf people’s participation at the core, encouraging research by deaf scholars and partnerships among deaf communities, professionals, policymakers, advocates, and local communities.
For more than 10 years, my research has focused on the capacity of deaf people to "flourish" in wide-ranging settings in both Western and non-Western countries.
Qualitative approaches, ethnography, life story work, visual and digital methods, narrative therapy