Dr Michelle Villeneuve is Reearch Lead – Disability-Inclusive Community Development at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at The University of Sydney. Michelle’s international program of research, Collaborating 4 Inclusion (www.collaborating4inclusion.org), addresses inclusive capacity development using social learning methodologies to impact policy and practice and overcome inequities that people with disability experience in everyday living.
Michelle has over 20 years of experience working in regions of conflict and natural hazard disaster to develop community-led programs and services and re-build opportunities for people with disability (including those with disability acquired by human conflict and natural disaster). Michelle leads participatory action research on DIDRR in Australia. She led the PREPARE NSW project (2017 -18) – a community capacity development project to co-design the Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness toolkit. Michelle was a chief investigator on the first DFAT funded disability inclusive disaster risk reduction research and development project (2013-2014) in Indonesia focused on the role and capacity of Disabled People’s Organisations as policy advocates for inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Indonesia. In Australia, Michelle led our team’s development of Local Guidelines for Emergency Managers Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in NSW and accompanying video – core outputs from the Enabling Community Resilience Through Collaboration project funded by the Community Resilience and Innovation Program in 2015-16.