Professor of Law and Joint Director of the University of Leeds Centre for Disability Studies, Project Coordinator and Principal Investigator Inclusive Public Space (IPS) project, University of Leeds
Dr. Anna Lawson is a professor in the School of Law at the University of Leeds, the United Kingdom, where she has worked since 1990. She is also the Joint Director of the University-wide interdisciplinary Centre for Disability Studies and coordinator of the Law School’s Disability Law Hub.
Her academic interest in disability and law is rooted in her own experience of life as a disabled person. Dr. Lawson is committed to working with disabled people, researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds and other stakeholders to tackle the persistent forms of disadvantage and exclusion experienced by disabled people all over the world.
Dr. Lawson has held trustee and advisory positions in a range of local, national and international disabled peoples and human rights organizations. She regularly advises policy-makers, governments and intergovernmental organizations; served as expert advisor on accessibility for the Council of Europe in connection with its Disability Strategy 2017-2023; and was a special advisor to the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee in connection with its inquiry into Disability and the Built Environment 2016-2017. View a complete biography of Dr. Lawson [essl.leeds.ac.uk/law/staff/203/professor-anna-lawson]