Inclusive Mobility

Mobility, as well as being a human right, is a necessary and significant part of life which impacts multiple health outcomes. Inclusive mobility encompasses human-centred design, research and engagement to create products, services and systems which facilitate and improve movement, transportation, and quality of life for everyone, especially mobility-challenged individuals.

The Inclusionaries Lab focuses specifically on personal, public and paediatric dimensions of inclusive mobility to create accessible and desirable solutions as well as new knowledge in the field. We have undertaken research funded by key mobility providers in the UK including TFL (developing Inclusive Bus Travel guidelines) and Motability (developing a Value and Requirement Framework), and led collaborations with paediatric mobility providers such as MERU. We currently lead a major strategic knowledge partnership between The University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; MOVE inc. is a national initiative aimed at converging design & technology excellence, clinical expertise, and market intelligence, in order to redesign the provision, manufacture, and development of a paediatric power chair in the UK which is inclusive, smart, affordable, and commissionable by NHS Wheelchair Services.

Our latest research study funded by Hugh Greenwood Legacy for Children’s Health Research, aims to advance knowledge in the field of inclusive paediatric mobility design, through developing a Reflection-for-Transition Framework and populating knowledge gaps in the area of designerly investigations.

Our past research has led to the development of award-winning inclusive mobility solutions such as evolvable walking aid kits and all-terrain wheelchairs. Our contributions to the field of inclusive mobility have been internationally recognised (Inclusive Technology Prize, Nesta 2015; Best Paper Award, CWUAAT 2016) and won public support (SafariSeat, 2019).

Our trajectory of publications in this area can be accessed here.