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Sunil Rodger
Sunil Rodger

Journeying, exploring the experiences of power wheelchair users

I am a third-year PhD student in Digital Civics registered in Sociology and based at Open Lab, Newcastle University. I am supervised by Professor Janice McLaughlinProfessor Pete Wright, and Dr John Vines.

My research project, Journeying seeks to understand the experiences of disabled people in public space. I have worked with powered wheelchair users to enable them to document their experiences of 'getting about' cities and public transport through the use of mobile technologies. We are exploring ways that these experiences might be used bring about more accessible places. 

My research encompasses humanities, social sciences and technology. I have an undergraduate degree in Modern History and International Relations, and masters degrees in Modern History, Politics, and Digital Civics. These focused respectively on US foreign policy, Zimbabwean diaspora politics, and the use of technology by rare disease patient organisations. 

I am particular interested in the role of technologies in diverse communities, and how they may be used to enhance civic participation and influence policymaking.

Prior to my PhD, I worked in translational neuromuscular research for the TREAT-NMD Alliance focusing on liaison and engagement between clinicians, researchers, patients and families.




SOC2069: Researching Social Life I

SOC2070: Researching Social Life II


SOC2069: Researching Social Life I

SOC2070: Researching Social Life II


POL2081: Research Methods in Politics

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