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Director, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Professor Christine Bigby directs the multidisciplinary Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University which aims to build an evidence to further the social inclusion of people with cognitive disabilities. The focus of her work is policy issues, program effectiveness and front line practice that supports quality of life outcomes for people with intellectual disability. Her current ARC and other grants are examining the effectiveness of supported accommodation services, the nature and meaning of community participation for people with intellectual disability, and evidence based processes of decision making support. She is past Chair of the IASSID Special Interest Group on Ageing and Intellectual Disability, a National Board member of ASID – Research to Practice, and founding editor of Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities published by Taylor and Francis. She has convened an annual Round Table on Intellectual Disability Policy since 2006, and has published 6 books and more than 120 peer reviewed journal articles.


  • 1998–present
    Professor , Department of Social Work and Social Policy. La Trobe University


  • 1997 
    The University of Melbourne , PhD

Research Areas

  • Social Program Evaluation (160703)
  • Social Policy (160512)