DISCIT Making persons with disabilies full citizens


DISCIT aims to produce new knowledge enabling Member States, affiliated European countries and the European Union to achieve full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and the economy. In investigating the social and political conditions for making such participation a reality, the project adopts a multifaceted understanding of Active Citizenship to operationalise the notion of “full and effective participation“ in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Adopting a multilevel and institutional perspective, DISCIT examines how different types of policies can be mutually supportive in enhancing Active Citizenship for persons with disabilities. DISCIT’s results will support the redefinition of the European Social Model, in particular by facilitating the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at European Union level and in Member States. Read more about the DISCIT objectives.

DISCIT consortium members include universities, research institutes and two civil society organisations. The consortium is supported by a Scientific Advisory Committee with distinguished members mainly from countries not covered by the consortium members, a European Stakeholder Committee and eight National Stakeholder Committees in Norway, Germany, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy,Sweden, the United Kingdom and Serbia.

DISCIT’s research agenda is organised according to ten complementary work packages:

  1. Project Management
  2. Active Citizenship as a theoretical challenge
  3. Active Citizenship as a challenge for operationalisation and measurement
  4. Active Citizenship in light of new Social Inequalities
  5. Active Citizenship as Labour Market Participation
  6. Active Citizenship as Community Living
  7. Active Citizenship through the use of New Technology
  8. Active Citizenship by Fiscal Innovation
  9. Active Citizenship as Political Participation
  10. Policy lessons, recommendations and dissemination

Scientific Coordinator: Bjørn Hvinden

The Scientific Coordinator, Professor Bjørn Hvinden, is a highly experienced comparative welfare researcher and a participant in a number of European projects and networks. He is the Head of Research at NOVA.


Project Manager: Bettina Uhrig

tumblr_inline_njyj3br_GZm1rymwc2The Project Manager, Bettina Uhrig, has more than twenty years of experience in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national and international research projects and programmes in various countries.