Louisa Smith (she/her), Senior Lecturer in Disability and Inclusion at Deakin University. Louisa is a qualitative social researcher in disability, dementia and complex support needs. Louisa has a particular interest in research that actively develops supports for those who are most socially isolated, including people with disabilities and/or dementia who experience gender and sexuality diversity, live in large residential accommodation or are from refugee backgrounds. Louisa’s research works across the disciplines of sociology, disability and dementia studies and policy studies, with a particular focus on inclusive and participatory methodologies. Louisa’s current program of research focusses on Participatory Action Research approaches to co-develop and co-design resources to support people with disabilities and dementia and complex support needs.
An example of such work with people with dementia is documented in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI721G6ORN8&feature=emb_title