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The Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED)

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Academic Network of European Disability experts

The Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED) was created by the European Commission in December 2007. The aim is to establish and maintain a pan-European academic network in the disability field that will support policy development in collaboration with the Commission's Disability Unit.

ANED builds upon the expertise of existing disability research centres, supported by national experts, thematic rapporteurs, and links to relevant networks in the disability policy field. Its philosophy and aims support the objectives of European disability policy towards the goal of full participation and equal opportunities for all disabled people.

In this way, ANED provides a coordinating infrastructure of academic support for implementation of the European Disability Strategy and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Management and membership

The Network is managed by Human European Consultancy in partnership with the Centre for Disability studies at the University of Leeds.

The Network operates under a service contract with the European Commission and consists of institutional members, being academic institutions, and individual experts covering the EU Member States, candidate countries and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. In the service contract with the Commission there is one institution or individual expert for each of the countries which is the contact for ANED in that country. These institutions and individuals are responsible for the reporting on the situation in their country and they communicate with other institutions and experts in their country.

The European Disability Forum (EDF) and Age Platform Europe are partners in ANED, representing two major stakeholders organisations of EU persons with disabilities at EU level. 

ANED management team

Project director

Ivette Groenendijk

Human European Consultancy
Wilhelminapark 61, 3581 NP Utrecht
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 30 232 6430

Scientific director

Mark Priestley

Professor of Disability Policy
Centre for Disability Studies
University of Leeds
Tel: +44 113 343 4417

ANED research & content support

Research team

Name Oganization Email
Professor Anna Lawson University of Leeds
Professor Paula Pinto University of Lisbon
Stefanos Grammenos Centre for European Social and Economic Policy (CESEP)
Professor Rannveig Traustadóttir University of Iceland
Professor Lisa Waddington Maastricht University

Content support

Name Oganization Email
Yuliya Kuznetsova University of Lisbon

NGO representatives

Name Oganization Email
Nadia Hadad European Disability Forum
Heidrun Mollenkopf AGE Platform Europe

ANED country members

In each of the countries ANED has one institute or individual expert as the contact for that country.

The contacts are:

Country Name Email
Austria Ursula Naue
Belgium Geert Van Hove
Bulgaria Slavka Kukova
Croatia Tihomir Žiljak
Cyprus Katerina Mavrou
Czech Republic Jan Siska
Denmark Steen Bengtsson
Estonia Luule Sakkeus
Finland Teppo Kroger
France Serge Ebersold
FYR Macedonia Zvonko Shavreski
Germany Anne Rosken
Greece Eleni Strati
Hungary Tamás Gyulavári
Iceland James Gordon Rice
Ireland Eilionoir Flynn
Italy Giampiero Griffo and Ciro Tarantino
Latvia Daina Podzina
Liechtenstein Wilfried Marxer and Patricia Hornich
Lithuania Jonas Ruskus
Luxembourg Arthur Limbach-Reich
Malta Maria Victoria Gauci
Montenegro Nenad Koprivica
Netherlands José Smits
Norway Johans Tveit Sandvin
Poland Agnieszka Król
Portugal Paula Pinto
Romania Loredana Totoliciu
Serbia Kosana Beker
Slovakia Darina Ondrusova
Slovenia Darja Zaviršek
Spain Miguel A. Verdugo and Cristina Jenaro
Sweden Johanna Gustafsson
Turkey Betul Yalcin 
United Kingdom Anna Lawson