Violence and Injury Prevention

Tom Shakespeare

Technical Officer

Tel: +41 22 791 49 67
Fax: +41 22 791 48 74


  • dissemination and implementation of the World report on disability
  • mainstreaming disability in WHO technical programmes

Dr Tom Shakespeare is from the United Kingdom. He has a BA, MPhil and PhD in social sciences from the University of Cambridge. His PhD research explored conceptualizations of disability. His subsequent research projects at the Universities of Sunderland, Leeds and Newcastle explored the sexual rights of disabled people, childhood disability, and quality of life in restricted growth. He has published extensively in disability studies, for example, The Sexual Politics of Disability (1996) and Disability Rights and Wrongs (2006) and bioethics, for example, Arguing About Disability (2008). Disabled himself, Dr Shakespeare has been active in the disability community for twenty years.

Dr Shakespeare joined the Disability and Rehabilitation Team (DAR) in WHO's Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability in March 2008. He was an author and editor of the World report on disability and is part of the team working on the global dissemination and implementation of the report. He also supports WHO efforts to develop and implement policies which remove barriers to the participation of people with disabilities and to ensure the mainstreaming of disability in technical programmes. Dr Shakespeare is also a member of the WHO Ethics Review Committee.