Keynote Speakers

Disability in Local and Global Contexts - Nordic Network on Disability Research Conference
List of Speakers
Nora Groce

Professor Nora Ellen Groce, an anthropologist, is Director of the UCL International Disability Research Centre at University College London.  Known for her work in global health and international development with a focus on social justice, much of her work has concentrated on children and adults with disabilities.  Professor Groce has done applied research on poverty, domestic violence, the disabling consequences of infectious diseases and access to health care for poor and marginalized populations.  Now holding the Cheshire Chair at University College London, she was previously on the faculties of Harvard University (1984-1990) and Yale (1990-2008), where she helped establish and run the Global Health Programme before coming to UCL in 2008. Widely published, Groce also serves on a number of national, international and United Nations committees and advisory boards.

Sébastien Jodoin

Prof. Sébastien Jodoin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Health, and the Environment and serves as Associate Dean for Research. Drawing on his lived experience with multiple sclerosis, Dr. Jodoin co-founded and directs the Disability-Inclusive Climate Action Research Programme, a pioneering initiative to generate, co-produce, and translate knowledge at the intersections of disability and climate justice. His work in this area has been cited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and has been covered by media outlets around the world. He has won numerous awards and honours, including McGill University’s Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award (2024) and McGill University’s Changemaker Prize (2023), given to scholars whose dedication to sharing their expertise with the media and the public has significantly impacted society.

Ville Kivimäki

Ville Kivimäki is the Research Director of the Finnish Literature Society in Helsinki, which is a major research, publishing and memory organization in the humanities. Kivimäki is a social and cultural historian of the Second World War and its aftermath. In his research, he has focused on traumatic war experiences, military psychiatry and the war’s long-term effects in individual lives as well as in the postwar society. He is specialized in studying emotions, experiences, memory, gender and trauma as historical phenomena. In 2018–23, Kivimäki led the “Lived Nation” research team in the Research Council of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences at Tampere University.