We have three strands of research underway for The Inclusivity Project

Read about each topic area below, or go straight to our Policy page.

Dr Lucy Szaboova and Dr Emmylou Rahtz do qualitative research.

What’s different about qualitative research?

“The idea is to gather people’s experiences in their own words. To get a first-hand understanding of what the businesses do, how they work and what challenges and opportunities they experience when it comes to staffing.

We will be talking to business owners and managers, as well as the staff about these issues.”

Dr Emmylou Rahtz

Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Dr. Daniel Derbyshire is our Behavioural Economics researcher. 

What is Behavioural Economics?

Behavioural economics is about using insights from a wide range of fields – psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science – to improve our understanding of human behaviour and, ultimately, the economy.”

Dan’s research focuses on measuring, and then finding solutions for, discrimination (often unintended bias) against older and disabled people within the recruitment process. 

Dr Daniel Derbyshire

Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Dr. Esmaeil Khedmati-Morasae works in the field of systems thinking. 

What’s a ‘complex system’?

“An ant colony is a good example of a complex system. 

“A complex system is an entity made up of lots of interacting ‘agents’. For The Inclusivity Project, the agents could be people, and they could also be governments or social institutions, as these also have the power to influence other agents.

Esmaeil’s research takes an overview of the employment gap for older and disabled people, mapping the entire system and the knock-on effects of one part of the system on another.

Dr Esmaeil Khedmati-Morasae

Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Age UK Cornwall & Ilses of Scilly
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership
disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
European Centre for Environment & Human Health
European Regional Development Fund
South West Academic Health Science Network
The Inclusivity Project
The University of Exeter