We are currently collaborating with Coventry University to sponsor four PhD studentships for people with lived experience of disability to undertake research into accessible transport.
The collaboration combines Coventry University’s strong tradition of design transport teaching and the Motability Foundation’s objective to fund, support, research and innovate so that all disabled people can make the journeys they choose.
The fully funded studentships aim to give disabled people, and those who have direct and frequent interactions with them, the opportunity to train in the specialised area of transport design accessibility research, so they can in future bring both technical knowledge coupled with a lived experience to future transport policy and practice.
The doctoral candidates are being supervised by Professor Paul Herriotts and Professor Stewart Birrell from the National Transport Design Centre (NTDC) , which sits in the university’s Institute for Future Transport and Cities.
One of the doctoral candidates at NTDC, Stephanie, is focusing her research on the psychology of disabled people’s experiences when using trains. Here, she speaks about her own experience of rail travel and how it informs her work:
Find out more
To find out more visit the National Transport Design Centre (NTDC) website.